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The Mackenzie Award

WINNER: AL Junior Academies led by PGA Pro Aaron Lansberry for promoting life skills to over 120 children from all backgrounds at three golf clubs in Warwickshire.

The Mackenzie Award is presented to a project or individual that has successfully integrated Skills for Life into its work with young people.

Aaron Lansberry is a PGA Coach who takes a holistic and child-centred approach to introducing golf to young people and their families. He spends hundreds of hours a year in local schools and community groups reaching up to 250 youngsters a week. Every child is given a golden ticket to encourage them to progress up to the golf club, which has led to a great return.

Aaron promotes key life skills from the very first session children have with him. Golf Foundation RDO Paul Aitkens said: “The sessions are planned for the pure enjoyment and satisfaction of the juniors. Our winner believes that the feeling of choice, competence and building long term friendships are key components to children having fun at their sessions and staying in the sport. Aaron is highly deserving of this award.”

Picture: Aaron Lansberry & guests with Sandy Jones (Getty Images)

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