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By unknown | Sep 29, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

The KwaZulu-Natal region has taken the lead in developing golf among the youth.

They have come up with a programme called "Adopt-a-chapter" which aims to encourage children to play golf.

The programme donates golf clubs while municipalities will be given the opportunity to fund golf development centres and to allow more children to experience the joy of participating in the game.

These programmes are run under the auspices of the South African Golf Development Board's PGA-approved coaching plan. The objective is to spread to other provinces in the near future.

The KZN province has six regions, two each in KwaMashu and Emfuleni, two in Greytown and Dundee, the Durban Country Club and Prince's Grand Golf Club.

Jason Toto of the Durban Country Club said their involvement was an opportunity to open doors for players wishing to practise their skills or to learn.

"Every club likes to be associated with promoting golf to disadvantaged communities," he said.

Toto added that the club was encouraged to become involved in the "adopt-a-chapter" programme after seeing the work being done by the SAGDB in the region.

"We were touched by the high level of commitment and determination shown by the management, coaches and players. We then decided it would be great to assist the programme with equipment, training facilities and more," Toto said.

The involvement of the region's municipalities has also been a significant benefit for the children in the areas concerned.

"Our major concern is getting kids away from the streets," Eric Malunga from the uMzinyathi District Municipality said.

"Kids are participating and are very eager to play the sport. More black youth are enthusiastic about being in the development programme and that is a great sign, as golf has been neglected in black communities," Malunga said.

Bookie Khanyile from the eThekweni Municipality said that encouraging children to value sport can promote change in communities. He says that programmes such as the one run by the SAGDB foster positive thinking in the youth as they provide them with direction.

"Our goal is to promote active participation in communities and through our involvement we are slowly achieving that," he added.


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