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More than 1,200 local school children and World Cup-winning rugby coach Andy Robinson will be at The Gleneagles Hotel next week for the 2010 Junior Ryder Cup.

The biennial event will not only showcase the cream of young golfing talent in Europe and the United States, but is a chance to celebrate the progress being made at grass roots level in Scotland as a result of the country winning the bid to host The 2014 Ryder Cup.

When it was announced that The Gleneagles Hotel would be the next home venue for golf’s greatest team competition, the Scottish Government committed to introduce every nine year old in Scotland to golf by 2014, and clubgolf was subsequently set up to create initiatives to support development in young golfers. It will ensure The 2014 Ryder Cup leaves a lasting legacy for many years.

clubgolf have organised a festival showcasing their fun introduction to golf at the Junior Ryder Cup, with 600 children taking part each day on Monday 27 and Tuesday28 September on The Gleneagles Hotel’s Wee Course. It will be the first time the Junior Ryder Cup has welcomed such large crowds.

On Sunday 26 September there is also a coaching seminar, where Robinson, who was an assistant coach for England in their 2003 World Cup win and is now the Scotland coach, will deliver a presentation on sports coaching. There will also be a talk from Frank Dick, motivational speaker and former coach of Boris Becker and Daley Thompson, and an introduction from Stewart Harris, the CEO of sportscotland.

More than 150 coaches and delegates from organisations involved in golf development will be present and the theme for the day is ‘the need to have the right coach in the right place at the right time to achieve success in sport’.

Through the hard work in recent years, there are now more than 10,000 Scottish children in clubgolf coaching programmes in more than 300 clubs and facilities.

The aim is to provide opportunities and create pathways from entry to elite level and, with its partners the Scottish Golf Union, the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association, the Professional Golfers’ Association, sportscotland and the Golf Foundation, clubgolf is making golf more accessible to thousands of children.

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