T: 01246 279256
S42 7LA TEL. 01246 279256
Issue Date: May 2010, Revised January 2019
A warm welcome to Chesterfield Golf Club – as the future of the club I would like to extend to you a warm and friendly welcome and wish you an exciting and enjoyable time at our club.
Success and benefits from junior golf can only come with the support of everyone here, the Junior members and their parents, all pulling together to encourage, support and assist in whatever way they can to develop the skills, achievement and enjoyment in playing golf.
Golf is a great game in its own right, but also a wonderful way of developing the life skills of determination, character, resilience, honesty and integrity. We will support you as much as we can in this through our coaching and competitive golf programme.
As a junior member you become an ambassador for our juniors and our Golf Club. We hope you will accept this role with pride, playing an active part in helping boys and girls to take up golf and become members who will enjoy playing and learning the many good things the sport has to offer to us all.
Mike Barker (Junior Organiser)
ABOUT THE CHESTERFIELD GOLF CLUB:
Chesterfield Golf Club was established in 1897 and is a private members club.
The club has a General Committee, at which the junior section is represented by the Junior Section Lead.
The clubhouse has a lounge with licensed bar area, dining room, snug/junior room, snooker room, changing rooms and Professional’s shop. Food and drinks can be bought from the catering staff, drinks and snacks to eat whilst playing can be bought from the professional’s shop or “Halfway House” next to the 10th tee.
We have male and female locker rooms where you can change, however please do not leave any valuable items, as the club cannot be responsible for lost items.
All the members of the golf club are responsible for ensuring they follow the rules set by the General Committee and for ensuring that any guests they bring to the club also comply so please make sure you have read and understood them – most are available on our website.
THE JUNIOR SECTION
1.1 Junior Members
To be a Junior Member, you must be under the age of 18 years at the start of the club’s financial year, currently 1st October.
1.2 Development Pathway
The Section prides itself on having a robust development pathway that incorporates both technical and behavioural qualities that we aim to instil in our Juniors to prepare them for a fulfilling golfing career and take them from Cadet status to full Junior U18 status:
1. Play on the 6 hole course on the practice area. Obtain a handicap.
2. Play in weekly competitions and reduce handicap to 9 or less to progress to the Main course, playing off 150 yard tees. At this point you become a ‘Course cadet’.
3. Progression and permission to play on the Main course will only be allowed if behaviour is up to the expected standards of the club i.e. the child can demonstrate both golfing ability and capability.
4. Score 30 or less on this course on three separate occasions to move back to the Blue ‘Junior’ tee markers. 2 strokes will be added to your handicap
5. When scoring 30 or less over 6 holes on the Blue tees on three spearate occasions, play 9 holes off adult tees and submit a scorecard. We will then assess whether you are ready to progress to getting
a CONGU (official and recognised by the English Golf Union) handicap. To be ready, boys should be scoring under 55 and girls under 60.
6. A CONGU handicap starts at 45 for girls and 36 for boys. To get a CONGU handicap you need to play 6 lots of 9 holes off red tees (girls), and yellow tees (boys). These should be verified and signed by an agreed marker.
7. Once a player has a CONGU handicap it can be reduced in the following ways:
a. Through a scorecard submitted a competition at the club
b. Through a scorecard returned from a competition at another club
c. Through declaring your next round to be a ‘supplementary’. This must be declared beforehand to either the Club Professional or the Junior Organiser.
8. Please note that handicaps can go up or down once you have a CONGU handicap.
1.3 Junior Competitions
We hold a number of Juniors ‘majors’ throughout the year, providing all categories with an opportunity to win a trophy presented at the Club presentation evening. For these ‘majors’ to be meaningful competitions our Junior Committee have adopted the English Golf Union principle hoping that golfers will observe the following order of priority when choosing which competitions to play in:
1.4 Membership categories
Junior U18 members:
• Need to have a CONGU handicap of 28 for boys and 36 for girls or lower .
• Can play the course at any time excepting weekend restrictions. Saturdays before 10.30am; Sundays, before 12.00noon. Girls, there is no ladies day, however on Tuesdays Ladies who start at the first tee between 9.30 am and 12.00 noon have priority on the course;
• Can play in junior club competitions, and competitions against other clubs.
• Are allowed to play in four ball matches at anytime on Saturdays with maximum of (2) juniors in any match;
• Are allowed at the discretion of the competition organiser to play in major competitions.
• Must be accompanied on the course and practice area by an adult when less than 12 years of age.
Course Cadets are:
• Of any age, having progressed from the cadet course
• Can play the front nine holes of the main course at any time apart from restricted times at weekends. This should normally be off the blue tees provided, unless agreed with the Junior Organiser or Professional
• To be accompanied on the course and practice area with an adult who may be playing or walking. (Two adults must accompany 2-4 cadets unless agreed between the parents prior to the children playing).
• Able to play in cadet club competitions, and appropriate competitions against other clubs.
• A junior of any age without a handicap with access restricted to the practice ground
• Able only to play the Academy course in organised cadet competitions (6 hole).
• Able to use the practice area including the 6 hole mini course at any time.
Leadership of the Junior Section
The Junior Section is lead by the Junior Organiser who is accountable for the safe and effective delivery of junior golf.
They can’t, however, do it without support from some key people:
Junior Committee – is selected from volunteers
Junior Captain – The Junior Captain represents the Junior and Cadet membership of the golf club. They will be expected to lead in a number of areas:
• Organizing the Junior Captain’s Day
• Helping to develop the Junior calendar of events
• Contributing to and promoting the Junior Major competitions
• Attending Junior committee meetings
• Mentoring the Junior vice-captain and/or the Academy captain/s
• Representing the Junior Section at official events within and outside the club
• Working with fellow juniors and cadets to help them improve their skills
• Communications with Juniors and Cadets through Social Media
Academy Captains - The Academy Captain is a development role giving our emerging cadets the opportunity to experience and develop leadership skills. As such they will be expected to lead in the following areas:
• Supporting the Junior Organisers & Junior Captain where required
• Organizing Cadets on coaching evenings
• leading them to the practice ground
• handing out competition cards before rounds & collecting them in afterwards
• Being the voice of the cadets for
• Awards evenings
• Coaching programmes
• Helping to integrate new cadets within the Junior Section
Parents – volunteers supporting their children at coaching sessions, games and matches.
1.5 Professional Shop
The shop is open to all club members and visitors. Here you can make enquiries, seek advice on rules and etiquette, have repairs completed as well as, buy clothing, equipment, drinks and snacks.
Juniors and their parents/guardians are encouraged to use the clubhouse facilities including:
• the changing rooms and toilet facilities - Juniors under the age of 16 years are not allowed in the licensed areas of the Clubhouse during licensing hours unless accompanied by an adult.
• The main lounge where you can buy soft drinks and food
DRESS GUIDELINES IN THE CLUB HOUSE
(Applies to all members)
• Smart casual clothing or collar and tie for specified official events;
• Shirts must be tucked into trousers
• Collarless or sleeveless shirts are not allowed.
• Dirty clothing from the course is not allowed in the main lounge, dining room and snooker room;
• Tailored shorts of a reasonable length may be worn in the clubhouse.
• Sports socks (above the ankle) or knee length socks must be worn when wearing shorts.
• No golf shoes whether spiked or pimple soled are allowed in the club house
• No outer wear, (coats, overcoats, raincoats, anoraks and golf jackets etc) anywhere in the club house.
• Caps should not be worn in the clubhouse
DRESS GUIDELINES ON THE COURSE
• Trousers must not be tucked into socks;
• Tailored shorts of reasonable length require either above ankle sports or knee length socks;
• Shirts must have collars and must be tucked into trousers;
• Collarless or sleeveless shirts are not permitted, (girls may wear a sleeveless blouse);
• Changing is not allowed in the car park.
• Mobile telephones must be switched off in the club house but may be taken with you when playing and kept on silent
• Store the club contact telephone numbers on your phone in case of emergency.
• Mobiles may be used in the car park.
The practice ground is open to all members and includes a practice green with bunker and a 6-hole Academy course.
Golf is played for the most part, without the supervision of a referee or umpire, relying upon the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other players and to abide by the Rules.
All players should conduct themselves correctly, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be. This is the spirit of the game of golf.
First and foremost we want you to enjoy golf and, if you observe the basic rules of golf etiquette, everyone will have a great round or coaching session. These rules are intended to keep the course
in good condition and prevent slow play by players of all standards. Think of it as a sort of golfers’ Highway Code.
• Junior members should conduct themselves in a polite and proper manner at all times both on and off the course;
• Junior members must remember golf is a game of “trust” and should play the game fairly and honestly;
• All juniors must be punctual at all times, being ready to tee off before their starting time for competitions;
• Keep up with the group playing in front of you, not just ahead of the group behind;
• Players with the “honour” for winning a hole should tee off at the next hole before marking their score card;
• At all times be aware of the group behind you;
• If you lose a clear hole with the group in front, you MUST invite the group behind to play through at the earliest opportunity;
• When searching for a ball you are allowed three minutes, always consider letting the players behind play through;
• Plan your next shot whilst walking to your ball and choose the club you intend to use;
• Encourage your partner to play a provisional ball if you are both unsure where it may have landed;
• Ensure you leave your trolley or golf bag at the point where you are likely to leave the green to walk to the next tee.
Juniors with CONGU handicaps are eligible for all junior competitions on the main course and may, with the permission of the competitions committee, play in senior Monthly Medals
Course Cadets are eligible for all six and nine hole cadet competitions on the main course
Cadets are eligible for all competitions on the Cadet course
A golf handicap allows players of all levels of golfing ability to compete against each other on a fair and equal basis. A handicap system is effectively essential to the popularity and prosperity of the game of Amateur Golf. The System developed and refined by the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) provides a player with a golf handicap that reflects their playing ability relative to that of all other players handicapped by the CONGU® Handicapping System.
We operate a club handicap system for those cadets and juniors who do not have a CONGUhandicap. We have calculated a ‘par’ for the cadet course and first nine holes of the main course – each time you achieve a single handicap you will be able to progress from the cadet course to 150 yds, 200 yds, Blue tees and ultimately the Red and Yellow tees on the main course.
Once you have consistently scored under 30 from the Blue tees we will recommend that you try for an official CONGU handicap - submission of six 9 hole rounds or three 18 hole rounds on the main course signed by an adult member will be used to calculate your handicap. Cards cannot be submitted in winter when playing from Winter tees and on Winter greens;
• Please place signed completed score cards in the letter box of the secretary’s office, having written (for handicap purposes) on the top of the card;
• The organiser will take your best gross score, adjust any hole that is more than 2 over par, subtract the “standard scratch” of the course, which is 72, to arrive at your handicap
• E.g. 90-72 = 18
• Juniors with handicaps of 29-54 will have their adjustments made by the handicaps chairman,
• Juniors 28 and below will be adjusted by CONGU (Council of National Golf Unions)
• The organiser will record this information and inform you when your handicap is allocated.
• You can obtain a handicap certificate from the Club secretary;
• Lists of members handicaps can be found on the notice boards.
• It is your responsibility to play off the correct handicap;
Once you have obtained a handicap, it must be kept “active” by entering at least three qualifying competitions each year, you will not lose your handicap unless you leave the golf club.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Appreciate that you are valued for the role you play in golf and that you are an ambassador both for the Junior Section and Chesterfield Golf Club on and off the course.
• On becoming a member of the junior section, we hope you will support and take partwithin the junior section, attending fixtures, entering competitions and when possible representing Chesterfield Junior Golf in the DUGC and SUGC Leagues.
• Help to create and maintain an environment free from fear and harassment, one in which enjoyment and participation are important;
• Respect other golfers, being polite and courteous at all times – treat them all as you would like to be treated yourself;
• Demonstrate fair play and be honest applying golf’s standards both on and off the course;
• Treat organisers and coaches with respect;
• Look out for your own safety and that of others;
• Tell someone if you are leaving a venue or competition;
• Be organised and on time;
• Take care of the course – repair divots and pitch marks, rake bunkers, never pull trolleys over greens or tees
• Listen , learn, and improve
1.6 A few top tips
• Don’t go out on the course on your own or with just one adult unless they are your parent or guardian
• Store the numbers of the Pro Shop (01246 276297) and bar (01246 232035) in your mobile and keep it with you out on the course for use in case of an emergency.
• If you or someone with you is ill and in need of help or you feel threatened phone the Pro Shop or bar: tell them who you are, where you are and what the problem is. Try and attract the attention of other golfers nearby.
• Check that you will not hit anyone with your club when you swing or that your ball will not hit anyone as it flies down the fairway. Do not allow others to stand to the front of you when playing your ball.
• Speak out if you have concerns about anything, your own needs or the needs of others.
As the parents of our juniors and cadets [or adults responsible for them] you are very important to us, both for the success of the junior section and the future of our golf club.
Please be encouraged to take an active part and to engage with the organisers, other parents, adults and juniors when at the club for either golf or social meetings.
We would welcome your support and assistance with:-
• Supporting the golf club policy for child protection, welfare and enjoyment.
• Taking an interest in and supportive of your children’s activity and progress,.
• Introducing yourself to organisers and officials, feel free to talk with the Junior Organisers, parent volunteers, PGA Professional, and Club Welfare Officers.
• Finding out what the club offers, when coaching and junior competitions are arranged, be aware of playing restrictions and membership category limitations.
• Making yourselves and your child aware of the junior handbook contents, and encouraging young people to adopt the good practice guidance.
• Complying with the supervision requirements for young children playing on the course.
• Being punctual when dropping off or picking up your child/children for/from coaching and competitions.
• If leaving your child at the club, please ensure they have sufficient spending money, appropriate clothing (i.e. a hat to protect them from the sun or waterproofs in the winter), a drink to take in their bag as dehydration occurs even if it is not that warm.
• Make sure your child and the club have a correctly completed Junior member profile form to ensure they are provided for in the best way possible, especially should a medical emergency arise.
• Having clear lines of communication to keep up with your child’s progress.
• Ensuring that the club has an emergency contact number for you when you are away from the club. A mobile phone number is preferable, and that you leave your mobile telephone switched on so that we may contact you should an emergency arise.
We have joined Golf Passport and are an accredited Golf Roots centre which provides us with a structured pathway to golfing excellence supported by a website and individual performance log – full details are available in the Junior Section on the club website.
Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy
Whilst children and young people are participating in golf activities in our care, Chesterfield Golf Club has a responsibility to ensure their safety and wellbeing.
The Chesterfield Golf Club recognises the policies of the National Governing bodies, as set in out in the “Guidelines for Safeguarding Children in Golf”. The policy and supporting procedures set out a framework to fulfil our commitment to good practice and the protection of children in our care.
• A child is defined by law as a person under the age of 18 years
• The welfare of children is paramount
• All children, regardless of their Age, Race, Religion or Belief, Disability, Sex or Sexual Orientation, have the right to protection from abuse
• All concerns and allegations of abuse and poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
• All children have the right to be safe
• All children have the right to be treated with dignity and respect
• The Chesterfield Golf Club will work with children, their parents and external organisations to safeguard the welfare of children participating in golf
• We recognise the authority of the statutory agencies and are committed to complying with Local Safeguarding Children Board Guidelines (LSCB) and any documentation which supersedes these.
The Chesterfield Golf Club aims to:
• Provide a safe environment for children participating in golfing activities within the club and try to ensure that they enjoy the experience.
• Reassure parents (and carers) that their children will receive the best care possible whilst participating in club activities & communicate policy & procedure to them through website/letter/consents.
• Support adults (staff, volunteers, PGA Professionals, coaches, members and visitors to the club) to understand their roles and responsibilities with regard to the Duty of Care and protection of children through the SPC workshop
• Adopt the Children in Golf Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedures and any related policies where appropriate.
COMPLAINTS, CONCERNS AND ALLEGATIONS
If a player, parent/carer, member of staff or volunteer has a concern about the welfare of a child, or the conduct of another child/young person or an adult (whether they are a parent, coach, member, or otherwise), these concerns should be brought to the attention of the Club Welfare Officer forthwith. The person reporting the concern is not required to decide whether abuse has occurred, but simply has a duty to pass information to the Welfare Officer. Please refer to Flowcharts 1 & 2 for further details (see below).
All concerns will be treated in confidence. Details should only be shared with those who can help with the management of the concern.
Anti Bullying Procedures
We believe that every effort must be made to eradicate bullying in all its forms.
Bullying can be difficult to define and can take many forms which can be categorised as;
• Physical – hitting, kicking, theft
• Verbal – homophobic or racist remarks, threats, name calling
• Emotional – isolating an individual from activities or a group
All forms of bullying include;
• Deliberate hostility & aggression towards an individual(s)
• A victim who is weaker and less powerful than the bully or bullies
• An outcome which is always painful & distressing for the victim
Bullying behaviour may also include;
• Other forms of violence
• Sarcasm, spreading rumours, persistent teasing
• Tormenting, ridiculing, humiliation
• Racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
• Unwanted physical contact or abusive or offensive comments of a sexual nature.
The Club and its Staff, Volunteers & Coaches will not tolerate bullying in any of its forms during club matches, competitions, coaching or at any other time while at the club.
We are intent that we will:
• Provide a point of contact where those being bullied can report their concerns in confidence – The Child Welfare Officer & Sec/Manager
• Take the problem seriously
• Investigate any and all incidents and accusations of bullying
• Talk to bullies and their victims separately along with their parents/guardians
• Impose sanctions, which may include expulsion from the club for bullies
• Inform all members of the club about the incident and action taken if appropriate
• Keep a written record of all incidents and the action taken
1.7 EMERGENCIES AND INCIDENTS
Parental Consent Forms (appendix 7) will be obtained and retained by the Chesterfield Golf Club for all children who are participating in events or activities, or attending coaching organised by the club. These forms will be treated in confidence and only shared with those who require the information they contain to perform their role effectively.
In the event of a child requiring medical attention:
• The parents will be contacted immediately.
• In the event of failure to contact parents, the alternative emergency contacts will be used.
• The consent form will be consulted to establish whether parents have given their consent for a club representative to act in loco parentis.
• An adult club representative will accompany the child to seek medical attention, if appropriate, ensuring that they take the consent form with them.
• A record of the action taken will be made and retained by a club representative.
Where a parent is late in collecting their child the following procedure will apply:
• Attempt to contact the parent/carer using the contact details on the Parental Consent Form
• Attempt to contact the first, then the second emergency contact nominated on the Consent Form
• Wait with the young person(s) at the venue with, wherever possible, other staff/volunteers or parents.
• If no one is reachable, contact the Club’s Welfare Officer for advice.
• If all attempts to make contact fail, consideration should be given to contacting the police for their advice.
Staff, Volunteers & PGA Pros should try to avoid:
• Taking the child home or to another location without consent.
• Asking the child to wait in a vehicle or the club with them alone.
• Sending the child home with another person without permission.
Club Welfare Officer – Liz Cromwell
8 Somersall Lane
1 Pomegranate Road
Mob: 07429 306668
England Golf Compliance Office
National Golf Centre
Club Secretary – Sean Boyle
Chesterfield Golf Club
Mob: 01246 279256
Email: [email protected] club.co.uk
CGC Safeguarding Nov 2018 copy.pdf
Shortened Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy Nov 2018.pdf
Junior Handbook Rev 9 January 2019.pdf
JUNIOR SECTION H&S .pdf
Junior Member Application Form