Prior to leaving, school leavers who play golf are invited to the Annual Dinner. We follow this up with a formal invitation to join the Society. In 2008 the Society provided support for coaching by a PGA qualified coach for boys at the College, and we have provided some support to enable young OAs to compete in our events. Securing a firm financial basis for the policy is a concern for the Committee particularly in the current economic situation. But while the Committee consider further what might be done, any donations or offers of sponsorship from generous OAs would be very welcome. Please contact the Hon. Secretary if you think you can help.
The purpose of the policy is to encourage leavers from the College to join OAGS and participate in its events and activities within the wider aims of:
- providing a forum for the enjoyment of OA golf by all OA golfers
- becoming more competitive in the Halford Hewitt and Grafton Morrish tournaments
- securing the long term sustainability of the Society
Young OA golfers are defined as those aged under 25.
The policy has the following main strands:
- The maintenance of close links with the College through the Master-in-Charge of Golf.
- Contact with school leavers who play golf, including the invitation to join the Society, plus follow-ups in the event of no response.
- Publicising OAGS at events like the match against the College and the Dinner.
- Marketing OAGS activities in a way that makes them more attractive to young OA golfers.
- Subsidising young OA golfers in OA events.
- Supporting golf at the College.
The Youth Policy is funded from a separate Youth Fund. The sources of this include the following:
- a small proportion of the annual subscription
- a small overhead included as part of the charge for individual events
- specific fund raising activities
- any grants from the Alleyn Club
- individual donations, sponsorship, or legacies
The ability with which the Society can subsidise events for young OA golfers will depend on the amount in the Youth Fund. Therefore, each year the Committee will decide the priorities for funding.