Yorkshire: Swim coach to develop county’s gameOctober, 2014
Yorkshire appoint county development officer
The newly-formed Yorkshire County Golf Partnership has appointed a former swimming coach to spearhead the growth of golf in the county.
As county development officer, Tom Freeland will work with golf clubs and facilities across Yorkshire to help more people take up the sport and move on into golf club membership.
The 34-year-old said: “I am delighted to be in a position where I can inspire people to play the game of golf.
“It is a great way of meeting new people and getting regular exercise in beautiful surroundings, as well as giving families the opportunity to spend time with each other in a fun and enjoyable way.”
Freeland has a background in sports coaching and business development, having coached six national swimmers.
‘Golf can be played and enjoyed for life’ He will work alongside England Golf senior regional manager Richard Brown to promote golf, which will include supporting the Get into golf campaign and helping clubs achieve GolfMark.
Freeland added: “I learnt to play golf when I was seven, when my dad let me have a go of a golf club at the driving range and I became hooked and pleaded for lessons. I believe golf is a sport that helps develop excellent life skills. It can also be played and enjoyed for life.”
The formation of the yorkshire County Golf Partnership has brought together the Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs, the Yorkshire Ladies Golf Association and the Yorkshire PGA.