Rydal Penrhos’ talented young golfers got back out on the course last week after the Welsh Government lifted COVID-19 restrictions.
Just one of the many things halted due to COVID-19 has been sporting activity. Close contact fixtures involving Hockey, Rugby, and Netball have been unable to take place over the last year to prevent the risk of infection, with coaching sessions also looking different due to social distancing measures.
However, there was some good news for the school’s golfers, with courses throughout Wales getting the green light to re-open once again thanks to the Welsh Government‘s decision to ease restrictions.
This has enabled those Rydal Penrhos Golf Academy pupils who are club members to get back out onto the course after months of frustration, which represents a substantial boost not only to their development on the course, but getting active in their field of interest is known to improve mental health and wellbeing in children and adults alike.
Rydal Penrhos’ golf provision has gone from strength-to-strength since its inception. The school has a designated short game area on site, which also benefits from driving nets for aspiring stars to get some additional practice.
This has brought a significant amount of national and even international success in recent years, with many pupils gaining competition triumphs against some of the best young golfers in the country and securing Welsh youth call-ups as a result.
One such individual is Charley Simpson, who is a Year 11 pupil at Rydal Penrhos and is widely regarded as one of the country’s brightest young prospects. He is a member of the Wales U16 squad, is a Welsh champion, and helped the school team defend their ISGA Northern Matchplay title last year before COVID-19 prevented them from participating in the national championships.
Charley recently signed a deal with Pro Dream USA, which helps young golfers from across the world connect with the best universities in the United States, supporting them throughout the strenuous process to fulfil academic and sporting potential.
Adrian Lewis is another talented golfer at the school who has seen his handicap plummet thanks to his exceptional development both during coaching sessions at Rydal Penrhos and in his own time, with Head Boy Richard Wolfendale recently holding the position of junior captain at North Wales Golf Club in Llandudno thanks to his eye-catching progress.
With COVID-19 cases falling across the country and the “stay local” rule no longer in place, hopefully it won’t be too long before things return to normal. Until then, pupils young and old can still benefit from coaching sessions under strict social distancing guidelines with their local clubs and as part of Rydal Penrhos’ strong and diverse extra-curricular provision.
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