What is SafeGolf?
SafeGolf is a partnership of UK golf bodies committed to promoting a safe and positive environment for all those participating, working and volunteering in the sport of golf.
SafeGolf consists of members from the golfing bodies across Great Britain & Ireland and has been established to help golf respond to the issue of child protection in sport. Its mission is to safeguard the welfare of children and young people, as well as adults at risk, in the sport of golf. This will be achieved through a unique partnership which has the ability to influence and act as an advocate for safeguarding across the golfing landscape, developing a consistent approach towards ensuring that all people have a fun, safe and positive experience when playing golf.
Members of SafeGolf include; England Golf, Wales Golf, Scottish Golf, Confederation of Golf in Ireland, The Professional Golfers’ Association, Ladies European Tour, The Golf Foundation, Golf Club Managers’ Association, the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association and The R&A.
SafeGolf Accredited Coaches
The Professional Golfers’ Association (The PGA) prioritise the safeguarding of all involved within our sport and maintain a register of all trained golf coaches who are qualified through the PGA. Our minimum standards required for coaching children are that coaches must have a Criminal Records Check (Garda Vetting/AccessNI) in place within the last three years and have attended Safeguarding training within the last three years.
PGA Professionals or PGA Assistant Professionals, attaining these standards are now designated as SafeGolf Accredited coaches and appear on this page. All EU based PGA Professionals and PGA Assistant Professionals are covered by personal liability insurance for any golf related activity.
We also ‘licence’ some amateur golfers to coach, who will have qualified through an ASQ coaching qualification. Typically they will have completed a Level 1 or Level 2 qualification and their roles will primarily involve helping introduce people into the sport. ‘Licensed’ amateur coaches are not able to take payment for coaching as they are ‘volunteers’. All EU based licensed coaches appearing in these lists have the minimum standards in place and are also covered by personal liability insurance for golf-related activity.
To check registration status with SafeGolf please click the relevant links below:
PGA Professionals – Click Here
Clubs – Check if your PGA Professional and Assistant professional are accredited – Click Here
If you have the standards above and are not registered please contact Sara Gardner PGA Sara.Gardner@pga.org.uk
SafeGolf Launch Information
SafeGolf launches at The Open to promote the welfare of all in golf
SafeGolf, the UK & Ireland partnership working together to promote a safe and positive environment for everyone in the sport, and was launched at Carnoustie during The Open Championship (2018)
SafeGolf is the next step for the sport’s safeguarding partners who in recent years have supported the development of a robust safeguarding framework across the golfing landscape for all those playing, volunteering and working in golf. The name is new and clear, but the mission remains the same: to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people, as well as adults at risk.
SafeGolf offers a new website http://www.safegolf.org through which anyone who may have a concern about the welfare of any player, or are concerned about the behaviour or practice of a coach, volunteer, organiser, parent or a player, can contact the lead safeguarding officer at their national governing body.
The SafeGolf branding and name have been developed to be straightforward, easily understood and memorable for everyone involved in the sport.
Members of SafeGolf include: England Golf, Wales Golf, Scottish Golf, Confederation of Golf in Ireland, the Professional Golfers’ Association, Ladies European Tour, the Golf Foundation, Golf Club Managers’ Association, the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association and The R&A.
In May 2017, the Golf Foundation launched its findings into what makes a great golfing experience for juniors. Carried out by Sports Marketing Surveys Inc, one of the most notable findings from the research was that 99% of parents whose children play golf see it as providing a safe environment.
Gill Camina, independent Chair of the SafeGolf strategic group, said:
“SafeGolf is a hugely positive partnership which increases the ability of the golf bodies to influence practice and act as advocates for safeguarding across the golfing landscape, developing a consistent approach to ensuring that all people have a fun, safe and positive experience when playing golf.
The strength of shared expertise, improved communication and understanding between golfing organisations greatly increases the potential impact of this work and ensures that priorities are identified which are well informed and supported at every level of practice and participation.
Each of the ten SafeGolf partners, who represent all areas of golf in the UK & Ireland, are fully committed to working together for the maximum benefit of young people and adults at risk. This is vitally important for the whole sport of golf.”
See more at http://www.safegolf.org