Towneley plan for future of local golf

Rachel Brown-Finnis , who grew up close to Towneley Golf Club, at the young golfers' open evening
Rachel Brown-Finnis , who grew up close to Towneley Golf Club, at the young golfers' open evening

Towneley Golf Club aim to take full advantage of their National Lottery Funding - through Inspired Facilities, part of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme.

Towneley will receive £44,300 from towards upgrading clubhouse and short game practice facilities, and providing warm up nets and a practice putting green.

The club estimates the total cost of the project to be in the region of £60,000.

For Towneley, the success of the bid frees up revenue to spend on the future of the club and the sport locally – developing young people.

And their sport development plan outlines an intent to get more women and youngsters into the game

To celebrate the award, there was an invite for a young golfers’ open evening last Monday - attended by England and Everton goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis, whose husband Ian is a professional golfer.

The event was well attended, with about 30 youngsters plus parents, grandparents and a few council members.

Information was available on what facilities were available for young people at Towneley and what the success of the bid would mean in the future.

There were computer golf games on the big screen upstairs and Tri Golf downstairs, and golfers were offered vouchers for either the nine-hole course or the pitch and putt course.

Sport England Chair, Nick Bitel said: “A year on from the Olympics, National Lottery investment is helping deliver a lasting legacy in Burnley.”

Club Captain Jimmy Dugdale said: “ I am absolutely delighted with this award as it will allow us to complete the job of refurbishing the clubhouse as well as providing much needed practice and warm up facilities.”

He added: “This bid was about much more than bricks and mortar. I am a passionate advocate of getting more young people into our sport and this bid will help us.

“Over the coming months and years we will be working on the implementation of the Sports Development Plan we submitted as part of this bid.

“It is an ambitious plan outlining how we will work with local schools, colleges and other organisations to make the best possible use of some great local facilities to encourage more women and young people from all backgrounds to try golf.

“The success of this plan depends on current members volunteering their time and skills, but I know this golf club and am confident we will rise to the challenges ahead.”