Bonnyrigg pupils help tee off golf investment

Commonwealth Games and Sport Minister Shona Robison visits clubgolf coaching area during Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, August 2011

Commonwealth Games and Sport Minister Shona Robison visits clubgolf coaching area during Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, August 2011

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Scottish Government investment worth £2m between 2014 and 2018 will attract tens of thousands more children to the game of golf, First Minister Alex Salmond has announced.

The First Minister revealed the investment package during a visit to the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup.

The extension of annual investment of £500,000 in each of the four years to 2018 was announced by the First Minister during a visit to a children’s golf lesson – part of Scotland’s successful clubgolf initiative. The package builds on legacy plans for the 2014 Ryder Cup, the first time in more than 40 years the prestigious tournament will be played in Scotland.

Mr Salmond said: “Scotland is the undisputed worldwide home of golf. We have the best courses in the world and facilities that are second to none.

“Encouraging the next generation of golfers is crucial. Clubgolf gives thousands of children in Scotland the chance to play golf, putting a club in the hands of every nine-year-old in the country and creating the possibility of golfing success at the highest levels. This continued investment by the Scottish Government will ensure a lasting legacy from the 2014 Ryder Cup.

“As we look forward to the Ryder Cup we are also celebrating 2011 as the year of Active Scotland. That means that as well as inviting golfers from around the world to Scotland, we want as many Scots as possible to reap the benefits of being active on the course too.”

Clubgolf manager Jackie Davidson added: “clubgolf is delighted to receive this further four year commitment from the Scottish Government which will enable us to build on the success of the programme.

“We are already succeeding in introducing record numbers of children to the game, raising junior performance levels and increasing junior memberships in clubs.”