Following the completion of the first phase last year, ClubGolf has embarked upon the second phase of their programme to help young golfers reach their full potential
PHASE two of the Scottish Golf Development Centre Programme has been rolled out nationwide as they continue to develop support in the transition of junior golfers from ClubGolf clubs to Scottish Golf Academy level.
The programme, which began in October 2012, was devised by an independent survey and there are a total of three different phases as part of it. Phase two involves the identification of 15 more golf clubs and facilities as leading venues for the coaching of young golfers.
A total of 50 development centres are set to be chosen by the completion of the third phase in 2014 as ClubGolf aim to ensure that Scotland's most promising youngsters are given the opportunity to reach their full potential. There were 21 facilities identified during the first phase and it has allowed boys and girls between the ages of 11 to 17 to be given 30 hours of tailored coaching and ten hours of additional expert advice on areas including fitness, nutrition and psychology in the first year.
Jackie Davidson, ClubGolf manager, is confident that a lot has already been achieved in the first year of the programme and with the selection of more centres, those achievements will only increase as time passes. The aim is to allow Scotland's best young golfers to fulfil their full potential through progression from the ClubGolf stage two to the ClubGolf stage three level of coaching.
“This programme will activate and accelerate the delivery of Stage three across the whole of the country and will provide keen young golfers the opportunity to further develop their skills, encourage regular practice and provide additional learning and support to become the complete golfer,” said Davidson.
“The deployment of this scheme benefits people from all areas of golf in Scotland, in particular the facilities, coaches and players,” says Colin Bell, Scottish Golf Development Centre Project Manager. He also suggests introducing young golfers to certain elements, such as mental and physical preparation, are recognised as a key part of the Scottish Golf Player Pathway and they enhance the great foundations for Scottish junior golf that ClubGolf has built.
“Young players looking for a comprehensive development programme during the winter months now have access to some of Scotland's best golf coaches, who are delivering fantastic programmes covering all areas of the game.
“Already a number of Development Centre players from our first 21 centres have shown measurable improvements through our standardised national skills tests and successful results on the golf course early in the season.
“The programme also provides further education to the players on the other essential areas that all of the top golfers in the world are working on every week, such as goal setting, mental preparation alongside fitness and conditioning.”
Essential criteria to be considered for selection includes being part of the ClubGolf programme and the Scottish Golf Player Pathway and having a short game area, teaching bays and a putting green.
With Phase two now underway, you can still apply to become one of the Phase three centres next year. Clubs and facilities interested in being part of the programme must fill in the Facility Application Form, which can be downloaded from www.clubgolfscotland.com/coaches/development-centres. It should then be returned to SGDC@clubgolfscotland.com.