Knutsford Golf Club Gains national golf accreditation for Safeguarding


Knutsford Golf Club in Cheshire, which is backing the drive to grow the game, has achieved the SafeGolf club accreditation from England Golf.

Knutsford Golf Club, a friendly 9-hole heathland course, has just received the SafeGolf accreditation, demonstrating the clubs’ commitment to safeguarding children and young people, as well as adults in risk in the sport of golf.

Knutsford is a members’ club renowned for its golfing ethos, heritage, and friendly atmosphere. It has existed on its unique site next to Tatton Park since 1891 and with its 130-year history, is a modern and progressive club with a strong culture creating a relaxed, welcoming and friendly environment.

The club continually attracts new members, visitors and societies and is particularly proud of its England Golf “Women in Golf” participation and its thriving Juniors’ Section. This has about 30 members under the guidance of club professional Tim Maxwell who facilitates coaching and playing time.

Natalie Cusselle who led the club’s push to SafeGolf and works as the Club’s Welfare Officer, said:  “Myself, my husband John, daughter Annie and son Harry love Knutsford Golf Club. It’s very friendly, welcoming and forward-thinking and our Juniors really feel part of the club . This award helps us to spread that message and to tell people that children are safe and secure here and that we understand about beginner golfers.”

The award was presented to Knutsford Golf Club by Ben Johnson, England Golf’s North West Club Support Officer who said, “I’m delighted that Knutsford Golf Club has achieved SafeGolf accreditation and that its efforts to grow the game can be nationally recognised.”

SafeGolf is a partnership of UK golf bodies committed to promoting a safe and positive environment for all those participating, working and volunteering in the sport of golf.

The SafeGolf partnership consists of members from the golfing bodies across Great Britain & Ireland and has been established to help golf respond to the issue of child protection in sport. Its mission is to safeguard the welfare of children and young people, as well as adults at risk, in the sport of golf.

SafeGolf is firstly, a website – – through which anyone with a concern about the welfare of a player, or the behaviour or practice of a coach, volunteer, organiser, parent or a player, can contact the lead safeguarding officer at their national governing body.

Secondly, it is the safeguarding standard England Golf will promote to all their affiliated clubs to ensure all clubs provide a safe and positive experience to children and young people whilst playing golf. The PGA are also using the standards to apply to all their PGA professional Coaches.

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