Olton Golf Club has been GolfMark accredited since January 2008 and in 2014 has been accredited as a Golf Foundation Golf Roots Centre.These national awards recognise that the club is committed to providing excellent golf opportunities for juniors within a well organised and safe environment. It has rigorous procedures in place to ensure juniors can play golf, be coached and practice safely.The club professional and his assistants are qualified PGA coaches, there are 3 junior organisers qualified to PGA 1 or 2 level. All of the professionals and the junior organisers are CRB checked and have been trained in the care and protection of children. Boys and Girls from the age of 6 may join the club's academy and can become junior members from the age of 8 using the application form in the membership area of this website.
The junior section is very active with nearly 50 members between the ages of 8 and 18. There is a full programme of more than 20 junior competitions and 10 matches throughout the year. There is a long history of boys and girls representing Warwickshire at different age groups and in 2014 we have 3 boys playing in Warwickshire junior teams and one boy in the England Regional Squad for under 16's. In 2011 Mike Pell won the Warwickshire Schools Championship. Rob Tovey won the Warwickshire junior order of merit title from 1200 boys who competed over the season. Olton Juniors have won the Central Warwickshire Junior League title 4 times in the past 5 years.
Junior competitions are run on Sundays and mid week in the schools holidays. There are 6 friendly matches against local clubs and 6 league matches in the Central Warwickshire league each year. There is an annual match against the senior team of the club. In 2014 the Olton junior team Joe Macilwraith, Andy Hooper, Dhiren Patel, James Bowen, Ryan Hinsley and Josh Beer won the John Hudson Trophy against teams from all the other sections in the club.
In order to develop junior golfers boys and girls, the club professional Charles Haynes and his assistants run regular coaching sessions throughout the year for Olton GC junior members. In the summer months (between May and September) Academy evenings are held on Mondays and Wednesdays (6.00 pm to 7.30 pm) for members and non-members, which include coaching by the professional, the EGU passport scheme and the EGU National Skills Challenge. For details of these events ring the professionals shop on 0121705 7296 or email Mike Bowen at firstname.lastname@example.org or Terry Smith at email@example.com or call 07710 782 716.