Golf Roots gets more than 12,000 juniors swinging

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The Golf Foundation's Golf Roots programme has introduced more than 12,000 children from 155 schools across 16 cities to the game.

The programme exceeded some ambitious targets and more than 1,150 children have taken part in follow-on lessons at Golf Foundation Community Links centres at golf clubs and driving ranges.

The 16 urban areas involved were London (two schemes, in Hackney and Southwark), Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, Derby, Bristol, Luton, Bournemouth, Worcester, Preston, Corby, Portsmouth, Wrexham and Cardiff.

Mike Round, Chief Executive of the Golf Foundation, said: "For 2008 we set some ambitious targets for Golf Roots and I'm delighted with the progress at every level.

"All the people involved with delivering Golf Roots in their urban area should be justly proud of their achievement of creating structures that welcome youngsters from all backgrounds to a new sport.

"I'd like to thank our delivery partners in all 16 cities and the national supporters of Golf Roots, whose financial backing has been absolutely crucial for success."