Ryan gets into swing of role

RYAN Jensen has a driving ambition – to get more people in the county playing golf.

The 21-year-old former sports development coach is the new county development officer for the Northumberland Golf Partnership.

The member of Morpeth Golf Club will be helping to spearhead the programme that will provide opportunities for potential golfers of all ages and abilities to take up the sport.

He will be working with the Northumberland Union of Golf Clubs, the Northumberland Ladies County Golf Association, the Northumberland Junior Golfing Association and the Professional Golfers’ Association to deliver a wide range of projects across the county which will open up golf for everyone, from absolute beginners to those who want to get back into a sport they enjoyed in their younger days.

“Golf is a great game which can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities,” said Mr Jensen, a former Northumbria University student who has a Sports Development with Coaching degree.

“As well as the sporting challenge, there are other benefits such as enjoying a healthy lifestyle out in the fresh air and the chance to meet people, make new friends and enjoy an active social life as a member of a club.

“My main aims are to further raise the profile of men’s and women’s golf and to ensure that people of all ages are given the opportunity to participate.”

Clubs across Northumberland are already backing a national Get into Golf campaign, which offers free taster sessions and discounted coaching, and Mr Jensen will be looking to build on the success of the scheme so far.