Justin Rose Golf Academy operating from High Legh Golf Club

JUSTIN Rose MBE is behind a new venture featuring High Legh Park Golf Club to get more people into golf.

American Golf, based in Warrington, and Rose, a former major champion and Olympic gold medalist, have joined forces to unveil a new golf academy.

Together they embark on a mission to attract more people to golf by connecting five million people to the sport for the first time.

The new Justin Rose Academy is part of American Golf’s drive to make golf accessible to everyone, regardless of age, gender, background and ability.

Led by a team of highly qualified PGA Professional Coaches and working with all skill levels from complete beginners to seasoned professionals, the academy will operate from American Golf’s leisure venues, including High Legh Park Golf Club in Cheshire .

The academy is said to have a strong focus on community engagement, taking the sport off the golf course and into new territories via social media and influencer activities, events and a dedicated school program that will initiate children to far-reaching physical and mental health. benefits of golf.

In its first five years, the academy aims to integrate 18,000 young people into the Justin Rose junior program, with more than 5,000 free lessons for schoolchildren given in the first year.

“This is an extremely exciting time for golf. Not only has participation increased, but the average age of players has dropped by five years to 41, and 400,000 women have taken up golf for the first time since 2020,” Rose said.

“Encouraging young people to play golf will protect the future of the sport and schools are a crucial part of our outreach.

“Our vision is to include golf in the physical education curriculum. The academy will allow more people to enjoy the social and health benefits of golf, while allowing us to discover future champions.

“Partnering with American Golf to launch the academy makes perfect sense given their extensive network of golf ranges and stores across the UK.”

The academy will also operate from Golf Kingdom Leisure Park in Essex, Rossendale Family Golf Complex in Lancashire, Hemingford Abbots Golf Complex in Cambridgeshire, Wythall Driving Range in Birmingham and Barnehurst Golf Club in Bexley.

Gary Favell, Managing Director of American Golf, said: “Today is an historic day for golf in the UK.

“Justin is an amazing player and a hugely inspiring ambassador for the sport.

“Our Justin Rose Academy has huge ambitions to accelerate participation in golf, while changing the perception of the sport for good and ensuring it is accessible to everyone.”

Attracting more minority groups to the game is a key goal for Justin’s wife and Rose Ladies Series founder Kate Rose, who is also leading the charge in her role as an ambassador for inclusivity at the academy.

“The Justin Rose Academy is for everyone from beginners to aspiring tournament professionals, our goal is to inspire, educate and show people the true joy that comes from golf – whether it’s a game with friends, a trip to the driving range or participation in a school tournament,” concluded Favell.

For more information visit justinrosegolfacademy.co.uk.

Members of the public and schools can sign up for free “Get into Golf” sessions and book group lessons.

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