Ten talented juniors from Rednal Hill Primary School were jumping for joy after being crowned national champions of a grassroots golf competition.
The team from Birmingham stormed to success at the Golf Foundation’s National Golf Roots Final just weeks after being selected to represent the city in the Tri-Golf contest.
Youngsters from cities all over Britain attended the event at Loughborough University but it was the pupils from Rednal who stole the show.
Headteacher Graham Catt said the children deserved to be praised for their efforts.
“We are all so proud of what they have achieved and they are delighted themselves,” said Graham, who is a keen golfer himself.
“We didn’t realise how big the event was until we arrived in Loughborough and realised that we were competing against teams from North Lanarkshire and Cardiff.
“To go on and win was a dream come true and something the children will never forget.”
Their adventure teed off in the sports hall at the school on Irwin Avenue earlier this year when high-profile golf officials visited scores of schools in the area.
Representatives from the Professional Golfers’ Association, Sport England and other bodies watched the youngsters in action with Tri-Golf equipment – plastic alternatives to full-size golf clubs. They assessed the children’s skills, speed, teamwork and consideration for other competitors, during a series of quick-fire games.
Soon after the trials Rednal Hill School heard they had been chosen to represent Birmingham alongside 20 other urban areas in the final, which was held on September 29.
As well as scooping the top team prize, two of Rednal Hill’s pupils also made a name for themselves.
Using full-size golfing equipment, Year 6 pupil Chloe Dossiter sank three magnificent ten-foot putts to finish as the joint winner of the individual putting competition.
Her fellow classmate Taylor Morrison went one better, winning the chipping competition outright.
“At the school we’ve got a nine-hole course for the pupils to use at lunch time or after school so I think the practice helped,” added Graham.
“It’s a fantastic achievement but they will take a lot more away from this than just a trophy.
“The whole social attitude is so important and they have picked up a lot of life skills from competing.”
The competition was part of a long-term plan to help get more youngsters involved in sport with Golf Roots aiming to reach one million youngsters a year by 2013.
As well as introducing them to the sport, Golf Roots also helps to instil ‘Skills for Life’ – attributes that include honesty, respect, co-operation, self-motivation, concentration and perseverance.