Littlestone Golf Club has been formally recognised for their exemplary work creating a safe and secure environment on their premises.
SafeGolf is a partnership of UK golf bodies committed to promoting a safe and positive environment for all those participating, working and volunteering in the sport of golf.
The club has received the SafeGolf accreditation by demonstrating its commitment to safeguarding children and young people, as well as adults in risk in the game.
Founded in 1888, the course has seen its share of prestigious tournaments and welcomed the great and good into its membership with Lord Balfour, Lord Asquith and Noel Coward among its most famous alumni.
The club has also hosted Open Final Qualifying on five occasions and is set to host The R&A Junior Open next year.
“Littlestone is a great club and it’s one that is very friendly, welcoming, forward-thinking and has a great attitude towards promoting junior golf,” said Littlestone’s director of golf, James Cunliffe.
“This award helps us to spread that message and to tell people that children and vulnerable adults are safe and secure here.”
The award was presented to Littlestone by Allison Boozer, England Golf’s club regional support officer.
“I’m delighted that Littlestone has achieved SafeGolf and that its efforts to grow the game can be nationally recognised,” she said. “This is the first club in Kent to achieve this status and is a shining light for other local clubs to follow.”
Along with Littlestone, the Kent Golf Union is also accredited with SafeGolf and is only the second union in England to have achieved this status. The secretary of the KGU, Sarah McDonald said: “We are thrilled that Littlestone has achieved SafeGolf. We want Kent to lead the way in ensuring those who play and work in our county do so in the knowledge their union and golf clubs are committed to providing the safest and most positive golfing environment.”
The SafeGolf partnership consists of members from the golfing bodies across Great Britain & Ireland and has been established to help golf respond to the issue of child protection in sport.
SafeGolf provide a website through which anyone with a concern about the welfare of a player or the behaviour or practice of a coach, volunteer, organiser, parent or a player, can contact the lead safeguarding officer at their national governing body.
Secondly, it is the safeguarding standard England Golf will promote to all of their affiliated clubs to ensure they all provide a safe and positive experience to children and young people whilst playing golf. The PGA is also using the standards to apply to all its PGA professional coaches.