Erewash Valley Golf Club earn presitigious award

Pictured left to right receiving the award are Erewash club captain Joe Goller, lady captain Nikki Sorrell,  Derbyshire Golf development officer Nigel Furness, junior captain Harriet Evans, club development officer Lorraine Wheatley and past captain Paul Horspool.
Pictured left to right receiving the award are Erewash club captain Joe Goller, lady captain Nikki Sorrell, Derbyshire Golf development officer Nigel Furness, junior captain Harriet Evans, club development officer Lorraine Wheatley and past captain Paul Horspool.

Erewash Valley Golf Club has become the first in Derbyshire to be awarded the New National GolfMark Award.

The award recognises the club’s hard work and dedication to the continuing development, management and sustainability of the game of golf, with Erewash Valley now one of only five clubs in England to achieve the distinction.

England Golf developed the New GolfMark Award which is a three-year National Accreditation designed to support all golf clubs, however big or small, to achieve distinct operating standards in four key areas of a club’s business activity; recruitment and retention, management and sustainability, coaching and competition, and safeguarding of junior players.

Clubs are asked to meet a number of essential requirements in all four areas which are aligned to Sport England’s Clubmark criteria and will be maintained annually by the golf club through an annual action plan.

Nigel Furniss, development officer for the Derbyshire Golf Partnership, said: “Derbyshire Golf would like to congratulate Erewash Valley Golf Club, and in particular the hard work of the New GolfMark coordinators, Lorraine Wheatley and John Burns, on being awarded this prestigious national award.

“This demonstrates the club’s commitment to encouraging and creating opportunities for people to participate and enjoy the game of golf. All those involved in reaching this achievement deserve a vote of thanks.”

Club chairman Paul Thomas added: “Erewash Valley Golf Club is fully committed to developing the game of golf for all abilities, reflecting the enthusiastic and inclusive approach shown by our dedicated team who have supported and been instrumental in encouraging golfers of all ages to take up and enjoy the game by organising coaching, matches, competitions and fun events.

“They have been supported by our new PGA professional Lee Sheldon and his team who have been heavily involved in delivering coaching programmes at the club.

“The award will be proudly displayed at the club and will provide members with the assurance that the club is being run in a professional business manner with a vested interest in developing coaching and competitions, and also giving parents the reassurance that the needs and safety of children have been thoroughly considered.”

Golf clubs were also able to work on the New Golfmark ‘High Performing Areas’ which are not essential to achieve Golfmark, but are areas which England Golf believe will further benefit a club’s operations and support in their ongoing development. Erewash Valley has achieved this aim.

The New GolfMark award also integrates Sport England’s Clubmark award, a national standard for quality sports clubs recognised across the country.

If you are looking to get into golf or join a golf club then now contact Erewash Valley’s golf administrator, Sharon Elliott on 0115 932 3258, ext 5.