You should expect a high standard from clubs, whether the leaders are employees or volunteers, because they all have a duty to care for your son or daughter.

You should expect that:

  • you’ll always be welcome to watch sessions;
  • sessions will be supervised by an appropriate number of adults;
  • leaders won’t operate independently of the club or organisation;
  • leaders won’t regularly single out individual children or show favouritism;
  • leaders won’t demonstrate a ‘win at all costs’ mentality, an ethos that doesn’t have the child’s best interest in mind.

Even when a club is operating to a high standard, you might still notice problems. Your child could be showing signs of not enjoying golf as much as they used to – maybe they are dropping out of sessions or their performance has declined. You need to decide if this is due to poor practice on the part of the club, but unlikely to cause significant harm, or if it’s something more serious.

In both situations you should talk to the coordinator of the junior section and consult this website for advice (see Internal and External Related Links right).