CIRENCESTER golf club, which is backing the drive to grow the game, has achieved the SafeGolf accreditation from England Golf.

The honour is an acknowledgement of the picturesque golf club’s commitment to safeguarding children and young people, as well as adults in risk, in the sport of golf.

Club assistant manager and PGA professional James Harraway, who led the club’s push to SafeGolf status, said: “Cirencester is a great club, it’s very friendly, welcoming and forward-thinking.

"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 Cirencester by Debbie Casling, England Golf’s club support officer for Gloucestershire.

Debbie said: “I’m delighted that Cirencester has achieved SafeGolf and that its efforts to grow the game can be nationally recognised.”