Houghwood hits the mark with national golf accreditation for safeguarding

28 Sep 2021


Houghwood Golf in Crank, St Helens, which is backing the drive to grow the game, has achieved the SafeGolf club accreditation from England Golf.

Houghwood an 18-hole course with a purpose built, stone clubhouse has just received the SafeGolf accreditation, demonstrating the clubs commitment to safeguarding children and young people, as well as adults in risk in the sport of golf.

The Ladies Section at Houghwood led by Lady Captain, Dee Griffiths, and Charter Champion, Ali Starrett,  have recently initiated a successful drive to introduce new lady members and girls to the game and the club.

Tony Mather, Welfare Officer at Houghwood, in leading the club’s push to SafeGolf, said: “Houghwood is a great club, it’s very friendly, welcoming and forward-thinking. This award helps us to spread that message and to tell people that children are safe and secure here and that we understand about beginner golfers.”

The award was presented to Houghwood by Adam McAlister, England Golf’s Club Support Officer.  “I’m delighted that Houghwood has achieved SafeGolf and that its efforts to grow the game can be nationally recognised.”

The 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 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. Its mission is to safeguard the welfare of children and young people, as well as adults at risk, in the sport of golf.

SafeGolf is firstly, a website – www.safegolf.org – 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 their affiliated clubs to ensure all clubs provide a safe and positive experience to children and young people whilst playing golf. The PGA are also using the standards to apply to all their PGA professional coaches.

Houghwood’s PGA accredited professional coach is Paul Dickenson.