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Sandals club a playground of opportunity for juniors

first_imgFor many of the youth living in and around Upton District, St Ann, the Sandals Golf and Country Club provides a playground of opportunity with its junior golf programme. Catering to children as young as five years, the long-running golf project, part of the community outreach for the hotel resort chain, is enabling talent for the sport and bigger things. “It teaches them golf and life skills,” Miguel Arthurs, general manager, Sandals Golf and Country Club, explained. “Discipline, sportsmanship, honesty, provides tutors for academics, mentors,” he continued, outlining benefits of the programme that is coordinated from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Through training, the participants develop their game to a high standard, with many moving on to represent both Jamaica’s junior and senior golf teams. In fact, the current Caribbean Amateur Golf Championship winner, Romaine Evans, developed in the programme, as well as Wesley Brown, who has graduated onto the United States Professional circuit. It even provides opportunities for a higher education, through golfing scholarships. “We’ve people who joined the programme not thinking they’d have gone on to college,” exclaimed Arthurs. “It’s opening doors where they didn’t exist. “That’s teaching a man how to fish,” he continued. “In a word, that sort of experience is priceless.” The programme is funded by the Sandals Foundation, plus proceeds from events such as the recent series of Travel Industry Golf competitions, which culminated with the 21st staging of the Baxter’s Golf Tournament. During these events there are contests such as the Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive and Putting and Chipping. Participants pay to enter and those monies are funnelled into the golf club’s junior programme. “It’s the only way to secure the program and continue the development of the youth,” said Arthurs. Expanding on the positives, he pointed to tournaments held at the club that involve members of the programme and noted the effect it had in bringing out family and friends. “Families, friends come out to the tournaments, so you’re creating a ripple effect … That’s where you’re making a real change, when you can change the psyche (mindset) of a person that is priceless. That person can change the thought process of others as well,” Arthurs reasoned. “It’s a game of discipline and sportsmanship … and you’re seeing tangible results. If you’re not seeing tangible change then it’s pointless. There’s the community effect and it’s building families,” he added. “The junior golf program has rekindled my faith about what is possible when you invest in young people.”last_img read more

Chelsea legend to return, United £60m deal, City raid Arsenal and more gossip

first_img1 Scroll down for today’s top newspaper stories Here is a selection of the top stories from Sunday’s papers…Manchester United have the opportunity to sign James Rodriguez for £60m from Real Madrid. (Daily Star Sunday)Pep Guardiola wants to bring Jack Wilshere AND Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City, plus Tottenham left-back Danny Rose. (Sunday Mirror)Arsenal could bid up to £20m for Swansea’s veteran defender Ashley Williams. (Sunday Express)Frank Lampard and Guus Hiddink could join John Terry back at Chelsea next season. (Sunday Express)Jose Mourinho has been approached by Everton, who want him to replace Roberto Martinez as manager. (Sunday Times)Rafael Benitez is interested in becoming Everton’s new manager. (Observer)David Moyes is also in the running for the Everton job, although the Toffees favour Frank de Boer. (Sunday Express)Mike Ashley will try to convince Rafa Benitez to stay as Newcastle manager in the Championship. (Sunday Mirror)Neil Warnock is a contender to replace Benitez. (Sunday People)Andros Townsend is tipped to pip Theo Walcott to a place in England’s Euro 2016 squad. (Mail on Sunday)Roberto Di Matteo could be the next Aston Villa manager. (Daily Star Sunday)Incredibly, Villa are also linked with a move for West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis. (Sun on Sunday)Christian Benteke wants to stay at Liverpool. (Liverpool Echo)Claudio Ranieri wants to sign Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea. (Sun on Sunday) Tottenham are pondering a £20m deal for 19-year-old Swiss striker Breel Embolo. (Sun on Sunday)last_img read more

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