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Thorp Academy and Storm look for golf bounce

EUROPEAN Tour winner Graeme Storm hopes to work with some of the region's most promising golfers again after the success of his recent masterclasses.

EUROPEAN Tour winner Graeme Storm hopes to work with some of the region’s most promising golfers again after the success of his recent masterclasses.

Storm is the golf consultant at Thorp Academy, Ryton, and Dyke House College, Hartlepool, and is keen to help develop some of the game’s future stars.

More than 60 youngster attended the two events held in association with Thorp Academy when he met them at Tyneside and Close House golf clubs.

Storm, who won the South Africa Open in January, is now looking forward to seeing some of them on Thorp’s Elite Performer Programme.

“It would be fantastic if a some of those golfers come along to work with me more often at Thorp,” said Storm.

“It would be nice to offer them more tuition and to help direct them on the right path to achieve their golfing potential while at school and college.

“Both days were fantastically well attended at Tyneside and Close House and we actually had more there than I would have expected.

“It was great to see the children come along with enthusiasm and they showed great respect towards me. They wanted to learn and listen. There was some good feedback and it was really good fun.”

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The EPP sport scholarship at Thorp Academy – which will be officially opening its new-build and facilities in September - aims to help students fulfil both their academic and sporting potential between the ages of 11-18.

A strong and talented batch of scholars have already been enrolled on the scheme, with high achievements already attained across a number of sports including badminton, rugby, rowing and athletics.

Athletes on the scheme will be working full-time with a strength and conditioning coach and there will be aspirational visits to leading universities. Golf scholars will visit a European Tour event.

Coordinator of the EPP programme, Danny Evans, said: “We have already had interest from some of the golfers who attended the masterclasses about joining Thorp and the programme. That’s brilliant.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for promising golfers to work regularly with a European Tour golfer and we are hoping to hear from more of those youngsters who went along to Tyneside and Close House in the weeks ahead.”

Sports scholarships are available at Thorp Academy. For more information email [email protected]

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