Active Schools, which operates as part of registered charity Sport Aberdeen, have set up a new initiative with Peterculter Golf Club to enable more young people in the area to take part in golf.

Following discussions with Cults Active Schools Group coordinator John Dixon, Peterculter Golf Club have now removed their membership and joining fee for under-12s as part of the drive.

Primary four pupils will be able to benefit from four weeks of curricular lessons arranged by Cults Active Schools Group. The coaching will take place at Culter Primary and Milltimber Primary and will be delivered by Head PGA Professional at Peterculter Golf Club, Ross McConnachie.

Commenting, Sport Aberdeen’s Director for Sport and Active Lifestyles Jo Bell said:

“Removing potential barriers to participation, such as cost, has enabled Sport Aberdeen’s Active Schools group in Cults to create more opportunities for local children. The offer of free membership and no joining fee for pupils under 12 years is extremely generous from Peterculter Golf Club and we would encourage others to support in this way, where possible.”

“The sessions are a great opportunity for young people to receive first class golf tuition from a professional, many for the first time ever.  We are really grateful to Ross for giving up his time to encourage further participation in the sport, supporting and inspiring the next generation of golfers to pursue their ambitions.”

Commenting, Head PGA Professional at Peterculter Golf Club, Ross McConnachie said:

“As the local golf professional I believe it is important that the kids get a chance to experience the game from a young age and if they have a desire to pursue this further then we offer additional coaching here at the club. We have altered all of our Junior Membership rates to make it more accessible to juniors and membership is now free for all under 12's and only £50 for 12-18’s.”

“It is great to see kids engaging in sport and fascinating to see how quickly they pick up the skills. It has also been good to establish a link between the club and the local community.”

The four week block of professional lessons will end with a mini golf festival taking place at a later date in the term.  This will give pupils who have taken part in the professional tuition the chance to show off their newly learned skills. For more information on memberships please contact Ross McConnachie on [email protected]