Police and City of Calgary Golf Courses partner to provide golf lessons to youth
The Calgary Police Service has partnered with The City of Calgary Golf Courses for Operation Tee-Time, a pilot initiative to provide free golf lessons to youth from the South Asian community between the ages of six and 18.
Throughout the month of August, 36 youth from across Calgary are taking lessons at McCall Lake Golf Course. The pilot was launched through a partnership between the Calgary Police Service Diversity Resource Team and The City of Calgary Golf Courses. There were more than 120 applicants for the program.
The program gives youth an opportunity to learn a new sport and build friendships and community connections.
“It was very difficult to choose the 36 youth who would participate,” says Const. Randy Randhawa, the South Asia liaison officer with the Calgary Police Service Diversity Resource Team. “Ultimately, we wanted to make sure we had a diverse group of young people from all ages and genders, who were interested in learning how to golf.”
“We’re thrilled to partner with the Calgary Police Service to offer Calgary youth the opportunity to get hands-on access to the game that we love,” said John Faber, acting golf lead with City of Calgary Golf Courses. “We are committed to making golf in Calgary more inclusive and welcoming and are pleased to offer this opportunity.”
Following the pilot program, the CPS and The City of Calgary Golf Courses will look for more opportunities to provide lessons for youth in the future.