St James’School and the Manor Golf Club have announced the launch of England’s first, 2-18 independent school golf academy.
The news comes in the first term of office for new Headmaster Dr John Price, a keen sportsman himself.
Pupils and their families at the new academy will enjoy facilities such as an 18-hole parkland course, eight-bay covered driving range, refurbished and extended clubhouse and the new development of high-quality lodges, which will increase in the coming months to offer accommodation for UK and visiting families from overseas.
St James’pupils will receive weekly tuition from PGA assistant professional, Adam Bell, and, once established, there are plans to enter teams in the National Independent Schools golf competitions and host inter-schools events at the parkland course.
Dr Price commented: “As well as realising their potential on the academic front, I want to offer St. James’pupils as many opportunities as possible outside the classroom so that we can discover their talent, develop their confidence, and maybe find the next Rory McIlroy.
“I am absolutely delighted to have formed a partnership with Laceby Manor to create the academy. Their excellent facilities and coaching expertise should help to develop some really talented players, with a life-long love of the game.”
Dr Price’s previous positions have included Director of Boarding at world-famous Millfield School, where alumni include Ryder Cup player Jamie Donaldson and England rugby captain Chris Robshaw.
The Manor proprietor, Roger Burnett, said the venture was perfect for the future development of the club and the sport.“We invest a great deal of time in coaching young players because we know that it is contributing to the future of the club. This is the perfect association for us and we are very ambitious in terms of ultimately creating a team able to compete in high-quality competitions.”
Part of the project will also focus on attracting international pupils, with ambitions in the golfing world, to the academy. The Manor already has strong links in Asia through its sister company McKinnon Burnett Associates, an education consultancy which represents UK universities in the biggest market in the world and which also represents St James’in the burgeoning private education market in this part of the world.