WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)–Sporting events and schools have been shut down for months now due to covid-19, but something that hasn’t slowed down this summer are sports camps. In reality, they are seeing high numbers than usual.
Golf courses across the Cape Fear are always busy during the summer months, but in 2020 that number is continuing to grown. More parents are signing their children up for golf classes than ever before.
“There’s been a huge interest and uptick in people interested in joining or just coming out here to play,”says First Tee of Greater Wilmington Director of Community Outreach Brittany Zachrich. “All of our camps are pretty much already full to capacity.”
The high number of kids already enrolled in camps with the coronavirus still present has made things difficult. The First Tee of Greater Wilmington says they have had to step up their safety precautions even more this summer.
“We’re very concerned about safety and the distancing. So, we’ve taken that to the nth degree,”says Randy Hofer the Executive Director for the First Tee of Greater Wilmington. “Each of our participants are checked with temperature coming into camp and we have the six-foot rule in effect all the time.”
While the demand for camps has increased the first tee is still keep their classes sizes small. They say this allow them to not only follow the restrictions in place, but still gives each child a hands on learning experience with the instructors.
“Our max is 16 kids in a class and we actually split them into two groups of eight,”says Zachrich. “So, it’s two coaches in each group with eight kids. We are keeping the numbers small.”
The First Tee says they are holding out hope that things will return somewhat normal this fall, giving every kid the opportunity to get out on the golf course.
“We are looking forward to these kids getting a comfort factor that it’s a little different with the new protocols,”says Hofer. “Hopefully in the fall we can resume our normal class sizes, which are probably about 15 to 30 children in a session.”
The First Tee of Greater Wilmington says you can visit their website to find out more information on signing up for camps and classes.