Seven participants from Empowering Youth Foundation’s Golf & Life Skills programme at St. Christopher’s School in Wrexham spent a memorable day at Royal Liverpool on Wednesday, 12 September. The children were given the chance to tour the BBC studios, visit the media centre and meet both World Number 1 Ranked golfer Yani Tseng and fans favourite Paula Creamer (nicknamed the Pink Panther for her love of the colour pink!).
Despite torrential downpours, the children were able to follow LPGA Professional Paula Creamer whilst on her practice round for the Ricoh Women’s British Open. After her round Paula answered questions, posed for photos and signed the children’s T-Shirts. Chloe, one of the girls in the group was beyond excited upon meeting Miss Creamer, “She’s amazing! This is so amazing!”
BBC Golf Commentator Maureen Madill had arranged for the children to visit the media centre where they attended the official press conference of world number 1 Yani Tseng. The children really enjoyed watching the journalists, cameramen and photographers during the packed interview. Two lucky children were even allowed to ask Miss Tseng questions about her experiences on the LPGA tour.
They then moved on to a tour of the BBC Studios and were given an insight into how top level golf tournaments are brought to our television screens. The children were delighted to sit in the commentator’s chair and took turns interviewing fellow participants using the microphones and camera equipment.
Dawn Roberts, Executive Director of the Empowering Youth Foundation commented; “It was a day we will never forget! The children had an amazing experience and learned that there is a lot more to golf than just playing. It is great to be able to give youth an opportunity to do something they may never have had the chance to do if it wasn’t for our programme. Paula is such a great role model for the children and has so much to give back to the youth. She was inspiring.”
All of the children participate in the EYF golf and life skills programme being offered at St. Christopher’s School & Caia Park Partnership in Wrexham, supported by generous grants from the Morgan Foundation and Wrexham Communities First. The Life Skills programme is a progressive golf skills and life skills programme based on nine core values inherent to the game of golf including honesty, integrity, sportsmanship and confidence. Participants learn a variety of life skills including self-management, interpersonal communication and conflict resolution in a fun, non-competitive environment. The youth are then encouraged to utilise these skills and values both on and off the golf course.
The Empowering Youth Foundation, UK registered Charity 1127697 is a Wrexham based charity.
For further information contact Dawn on 01978 660 800 or visit www.empoweringyouthfoundation.org.uk