Last week The Slingsby Golf Academy was launched to encourage more women to take to the course this summer. With the support of England Golf and The PGA, Slingsby will use the opportunity to provide information, beginner events and a pathway for those inspired to get into golf.

Slingsby’s Class of 2021 includes singer-songwriter Fleur East, TV presenter Helen Skelton, Sky Sports Formula 1 presenter Natalie Pinkham and broadcaster Bela Shah into the Academy. Their challenge is to learn how to play golf before competing against each other in a nerve-wracking play-off to qualify for the BMW PGA Championship Celebrity Pro-Am.

The winner of the Play-Off, taking place over Wentworth’s East Course the week before the BMW PGA Championship, will also receive a £5,000 bonus cheque from Slingsby to donate to a charity of their choice.

In this first episode, documenting their journey into golf, they move from online lessons with their PGA Pros in their living rooms and back gardens to finally being welcomed by Sky Sports Golf and Ladies European Tour professional Inci Mehmet at their first driving range session.

Watch the First Episode - The Journey Begins

The four cadets will continue to work one-on-one weekly with their partner PGA Professional, with their whole journey being documented along the way. This is the first part in a five-part series capturing the highs, lows, and learnings as they take to the sport and train to compete for a place in the pro-am at the prestigious Wentworth Club on Wednesday, September 8.

Follow their journey via their own and Slingsby's social media channels @slingsbysocial.