YOUNG golfers are being encouraged to take part in new academy programmes after an increase in demand.

Oxford Golf Club has launched separate programmes for children and women after seeing participation levels boom.

Junior coaching sessions will take place during the summer holidays.

Courses are being run by club professional Joe Pepperell, brother of European Tour professional Eddie.

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Mr Pepperell said: “Golf is thriving at the moment, a lot of people have taken up the sport for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic while others have reconnected with the game.

“It’s a real boost for the sport because interest had been declining.

“A lot of clubs were struggling with numbers, but there has been a new enthusiasm for it.

“Now is the perfect time to start playing golf.

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“Summer holidays mean children have plenty of time on their hands, and our engaging sessions for new junior players help break down the key skills of golf into fun activities.

“We are passionate about introducing golf to people and teaching them what the sport is all about.

“It’s all about making it accessible, encouraging more people to take up the game and supporting them in doing so.”

For more information, email or phone the club on 01865 244258.