There was great excitement in both London and Dorset on Monday evening, 9th September, as Canford took home the prestigious ‘Public School of the Year’ trophy at the annual Tatler Schools Awards
Within the grounds of Canford School there is an excellent 9 hole golf course. It boasts tight fairways, a winding stream, tricky greens and bunkers, it is a good test of golf for players of all standards. This facility is available to all pupils to utilise in their leisure time or as an activity, alternatively they can sign up for golf as a main sport and then it becomes a little more serious.
The school team competes in national competitions as well as having a challenging set of traditional friendly fixtures. The school team will consist mainly of talented single figure handicap players and one of their more distinctive features is that it may be made up of boys and girls from different year groups within the school, right across the age range. Virtually all matches are played off scratch and the school has, for the past fifteen years, consistently won nearly all their games against some of the most prestigious independent schools in the country.
The golf squad is run by enthusiastic staff and expert coaching is supplied by PGA qualified coach Kelly Hanwell. Kelly has won the English Schools Championship, captained the England Girls team and followed the golf scholarship route to America before becoming a PGA coach, so she is fully qualified to support and advise any of our pupils who might be considering this direction post Canford.
When numbers permit, we field 'B' and 'C' teams and junior teams as well. There are ample opportunities for beginners and intermediate standard golfers at Canford and instruction with Kelly can be readily organised. School golf is keenly supported by a thriving Old Canfordian Golfing Society, who we meet up with twice a year for a competitive round and into which many of our leaver’s progress.
For anyone who is serious about golf, Canford has become an obvious school to consider and for many, a school of first choice. For talented golfers possibly looking at coming to Canford there is also the Terrence Cobden Pike Legacy which has been set up to provide financial assistance to enable them to bring their skills to Canford.