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Salford staff give golf a go with a little help from Trafford Golf Centre’s PGA professionals

BBC staff have been channelling their energies into a new sporting pursuit.

Workers at the corporation’s MediaCityUK headquarters in Salford have been enjoying free golf taster sessions.

PGA professionals from Trafford Golf Centre delivered the introduction to golf under the umbrella of the Lancashire County Golf Partnership.

Organised by Lizzie Dignam, who runs the BBC Salford Club, and Bev Dodds, development officer for the Lancashire CGP, the sessions offered staff something different that they can enjoy with their friends  and family.

BENEFITS

The sessions covered the basics of the game in a relaxed and enjoyable environment and golf equipment was provided.

Peter Styles, director of golf  at Trafford Golf Centre, said: “The taster sessions were delivered  to golfing beginners, but they really enjoyed the experience and a number of them are now looking to carry on learning a sport that offers both social and health benefits to all ages and abilities. The feedback we had was really positive.”

After the taster sessions, follow-up coaching is available for the bargain price of just  £25 for five lessons. The scheme is open to individuals, groups or businesses, and is aimed at beginners or those returning  to the sport.

CAMPAIGN

Styles added: “Our aim at Trafford Golf Centre is to create as many golfers as we can and for more people to enjoy the sport. We start new Get into  golf taster sessions and coaching courses every two weeks at Trafford Golf Centre, so it is  easy to find a time and date to suit you.”

Get into golf is working alongside Get Inspired to  extend its reach to millions of BBC viewers, listeners and web users across the country. “We are delighted to work with Get Inspired. This will be a big boost to our campaign to encourage people of all backgrounds and abilities to take up golf,” said Richard Flint, England Golf’s Participation & Club Support Director.

“With this increased awareness we are looking for more clubs to work with the  Get into golf programme so that we can offer more opportunities across the country.”

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