Paul on a big drive to boost recruitment

Paul Whittaker
Paul Whittaker

A sporting all-rounder has a new target – to help grow the game of golf in Northumberland.

Paul Whittaker has been appointed as the new development officer for the Northumberland County Golf Partnership.

The eight-handicapper, who is a member at both Ryton and Percy Wood Golf Clubs, moved to the North East 14 years ago after a career in teaching and training police officers and has been heavily involved in the regional golf scene.

An active competitor in events at clubs across the region, he was junior organiser at Ryton for three years, club captain in 2011 and is presently chairman of the club.

Over the years, Mr Whittaker has played a number of sports to a high level, including Minor Counties cricket with Norfolk and basketball for the county, as well as tennis, football and squash.

He said: “I am really looking forward to getting involved with the many clubs across the county who are taking a proactive role to recruiting and retaining new players to a sport that offers so many health and social benefits.”

The 58-year-old has been a lecturer at Gateshead College since 2000, taking a lead role in the field of sport and exercise science and golf studies. He helped the college establish a golf apprenticeship scheme.

He has also gained further experience as a member of the Durham County Golf Union executive board.

Any club requiring advice and support for its future plans should contact Mr Whittaker on 07949 566122 or email cdonorthumberland@yahoo.com

The development officer will be supporting the work of the Get into Golf programme, a national campaign to inspire adults to take up the game that is run by the England Golf Partnership through its network of County Golf Partnerships (CGPs) and supported by Sport England and National Lottery funding.

For more information or to sign up for a session, visit getintogolf.org or call 0800 1182766.

For more details about the work of the Northumberland CGP, visit www.northumberlandcgp.co.uk