An Oxfordshire golf club is doing its bit to encourage young people to get their Covid vaccinations by offering free membership for a year to one lucky player.

Oxford Golf Club will include all student and Colt members who can prove they have been double vaccinated by Christmas Day in the one-off draw which will entitle the winner to a year of free golf.

The historic course, located on Hill Top Road in Cowley, is running the competition after NHS England data revealed only 70 per cent of all 18 to 29-year-olds living in the UK had received their first jab by August 12.

It hopes the prize, worth up to £1,225, will encourage its Student and Colt members, aged up to 35 to get vaccinated.

On top of a year’s worth of free golf, membership includes free function room hire, reciprocal golf at selected UK courses, up to 15 per cent bar discount and the chance to win Oxford United tickets.

Steve Greenwood, general manager, said: "It should appeal to our younger members, but at the same time also help spread this important message.”

Oxford Golf Club pro Joe Pepperell added: "Golf has been a lifeline to many people in the last year with participation levels reaching a new peak.

“Being outdoors and enjoying exercise is proven to be one of the biggest contributors to boosting our mental wellbeing. Our location means we have a lot of student members from the city’s universities and colleges, which is another factor in why we felt it was important we played our part in the vaccination education campaign."

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