John wins top award

A LEADING north Derbyshire golf volunteer has scooped a top national award.

John Barker, from Tapton Park Golf Club, has been recognised for his development work at the Chesterfield club where the number of junior players has risen from just 12 to more than 100.

John was presented with the Club Development Award at The National Golf Centre, Woodhall Spa, at the annual Golf England Volunteer of the Year Awards.

John has been involved in Derbyshire golf for more than 20 years, during which time he has encouraged thousands of children to play golf.

John said: “This award is about Tapton Park, the whole team who work so hard to create such a friendly atmosphere for new players.”

John, who works as Partnership Development Manager for the Bolsover & District Schools’ Sports Partnership, plays his golf at Tapton Park Golf Club.

The four handicapper is also Chairman of the Derbyshire Schools’ Golf Association and represents Tapton Park on the Executive Committee of the Derbyshire Union of Golf Clubs, having worked for two years on their coaching panel.

John is also Chairman of the Derbyshire Golf Schools’ and Community group and sits on the management group of Derbyshire Golf.

He became the chair of the junior section of Tapton Park in 2005, when there were only 12 boy members, and he helped the club to achieve GolfMark status by 2007.

By the time the club was awarded the national title ‘Golfmark Club of the Year’ in 2008, there were 100-plus junior members, including more than 20 girls.

John has instigated or supported the development of an array of coaching and competition initiatives for children and adults of all abilities at Tapton.