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The Tri-Golf system was developed to enable golf to be delivered to primary school children, offering a range of fun based golf games and activities.
In November 2000, the Golf Foundation launched a ‘mini' version of golf specifically for use by young children in primary and junior schools. This involved developing youngster-friendly equipment that has proved to be popular with children, affordable for schools, and easy for teachers to use.
In addition, resources giving ideas for games and activities that can be linked with the PE and educational curriculum were produced, and a 3-hour teacher training workshop was introduced. All of this has led to an explosion in the amount of golf activity taking place in primary and junior schools across the British Isles.
The introduction of Tri-Golf has made it possible for the education sector and golfing community to work closely together for the benefit of the schools, the clubs and the young people in a situation where everybody wins.
Tri-Golf started 10 years ago, part of a Golf Roots program.
Tri-Golf is now reaching approximately 750,000 young children per year across the British Isles.
The latest DCSF School Sport Survey (2009) showed that the number of schools delivering golf has trebled in 5 years, making golf one of the fastest growing sports in schools. This rapid growth in golf is no accident. In that year period, the Golf Foundation has trained over 15.000 teachers, volunteers and coaches to deliver adapted versions of golf in the school setting via the Tri-Golf, Golf Xtreme and Junior Golf Leaders workshops.
Level of Success
|1) Tri-Golf is reaching about 750.000 young children|
per year across the British Isles
2) The use of the brightly coloured materials
3) The trainers are well trained
4) The special educational play activities
5) Equipment which is affordable for schools, easy
to use for teachers and popular with children
Games and activities
The Golf Foundation's Development Team has expertise in creating educational play activities for children and has produced more than thirty different games around Tri-Golf that are presented in the form of activity cards. These make it possible for teachers to introduce golfing concepts and skills through fun games rather than technical instruction. They also enable teachers to use golf as a way of encouraging learning in other areas; for example, math's, from scoring, literacy and citizenship (golf is a game of honesty and self-regulation).
The games include a ‘Simon Says' style game that introduces basic golf terminology, a ‘Divots' game which teaches care of the course in a fun way, and ‘Bullseye' which helps to develop distance control and accuracy. On each game card there is a description of the activity, details of how it runs and options for making it easier or harder. A set of games cards is included in the Tri-Golf pack.