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    New partnership aims to drive forward regional talent and find the next golf superstar

    A golf academy in Norfolk believes it can help find the next major global golf star.

    The new partnership has been created between Easton and Otley College in association with The Norwich Family Golf Centre.

    Courses will begin in September 2019 and students will be able to use new hi-tech facilities that have just been opened at the centre based next door to the Norfolk campus of the college.

    Lewis Clarke is a performance coach at the centre. The former student at the college is excited about the new set up. He said, “We are delighted to shake hands on this deal. We believe that there is no reason why we can’t find the next Rory Mcllroy or Tiger Woods here in this region. You have to think big.

    “We have set a target that in the next ten years that we will help mentor a touring professional via this partnership. We believe that that is realistic. That said, if we had ten people who became professionals or ten people progressing onto degrees, we would also deem that as being a success.

    “Ultimately if people are passionate about golf and they want a career in sport, this will be a great stepping stone for them.”

    The centre - that is based near the Norfolk campus of the college - has recently invested in brand new facilities to give students the very best chance of success. Mr Clarke continued, “Students who sign up to take part in level two or three courses will be taught by the college and will then get the chance to improve their game by being taught by professional coaches.

    “At our centre, we have one of the biggest driving ranges in the region and we have a new teaching bay that has have pressure plating, 3D motion, and high speed cameras that will help players improve their game.”

    Sophie Hansell is the extra-curricular sports manager at the college. She said, “We have taught golf in the past at the college but this partnership is helping us take our golfing provision to the next level. The arrangement is completely new.

    “The strength of our sports academies is defined by the strength of the people that we work with. That is why we are delighted to be working with The Norwich Family Golf Centre. They are going to run the golf development of students and we will be focussing on the educational side of things.

    “We want to enable everyone who comes to us to reach their potential and support their development and journey. As a county and a region we have a good infrastructure for golf and we want to play a part in further enhancing this infrastructure.”