The Duke of York Sports Foundation

The Duke of York Sports Foundation is a registered charity established in 2004 to promote amateur sport for the benefit of young people and raise funds to support and facilitate:

          • The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy
          • Academic and Golf Scholarships


The Duke of York with 2007 prize winners

The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy has been organised by JSA Limited since the tournament’s inception in 2001 by HRH The Duke of York and John Simpson. The event continues to grow in stature and reputation internationally, offering a unique opportunity for under 18 boy and girl champions from around the world to compete for the same trophy whilst experiencing the challenges of a top UK links course. Supported by The R&A and their national affiliated organisations, this event also endeavours to encourage the advancement of junior golf in both established and developing golfing countries.

Academic and Golf Scholarships have been awarded since September 2007 to provide under 18 boys and girls with the opportunity to receive a high standard of education whilst at the same time focusing on their golf and offer an alternative to studying and training in the USA.

Wellington College, Berkshire

Wellington College in Berkshire was chosen as the school that met all the criteria required to support both aspects of the scholarship. As one of the best co-educational independent schools in Britain, it offers the International Baccalaureate, a good standard 9-hole golf course and practice facility on site whilst being located near many excellent courses (including Wentworth and Sunningdale) and teaching professionals. Candidates must meet Wellington College’s academic standard, demonstrate a high level of golfing ability with clear signs of potential and are selected on a case by case basis.

To date, 12 academic and golf scholarships have been awarded to Sam Williams, Murray Rose, Alexandra Peters, Edward Peters, Heidi Baek, Jordan Mann, Cameron Farmer, William Cooper, Zach Jenkins, Ryan Lumsden and Inci Mehmet, all aged between 13 and 18 with handicaps ranging from 4 to +2. Jordan is now in his third year at Harvard University on a full scholarship whilst Ed has completed the third year of his scholarship at Purdue University (USA). We continue to expand and we now include Whitgift School, near London, and awarded a scholarship to 11-year-old Aaron Landicho.

Whitgift is the only school in the country that offers free golf lessons to every First Form boy in the School during curriculum time. Lessons take place under the guidance of PGA professionals at the School’s modern practice facility, consisting of four hitting nets, a putting green and a pitching area.

Whitgift has developed a strong link with the Addington Golf Club, and its parent company, Altonwood Group, and also has access to Croham Hurst golf course. Recent partnerships include the Surrey Golf Lab, the UK’s most technologically-advanced golf coaching studio, and Hugh Marr, one of Europe’s leading golf performance coaches. The School has won national competitions, and competes in the major school golf tournaments.

The Foundation’s goal is to award scholarships to individuals that would not otherwise have had such a unique opportunity.

HRH The Duke of York with Heidi and Jordan
HRH The Duke of York with Heidi and Jordan
Sam, Ed, Alex and Murray with the Master in Charge of Golf
Sam, Ed, Alex and Murray with the Master in Charge of Golf

Funds are raised through the sponsorship of companies such as; ISPS and Ricoh and individuals at fund raising events such as the annual Swinley Forest Golf Day and the two-day Sponsors’ Golf Tournament during The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy which this year takes place at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, Scotland and next year at Princes Golf club.

For further information on the Scholarships click here