Scottish Golf is delighted to announce a programme of on-course coaching events for girls this summer.
Building on the SLGA Golf Girls programme first run in 2015, this is an opportunity for girls to come together and play with others of a similar age, to break down some of the barriers which limit their enjoyment of the game and ultimately can see them giving up the sport.
The programme is aimed at girls aged between nine and 16 who have been playing golf for at least a year or are at stage two of the ClubGolf programme, and who may or may not yet have a handicap. It is designed to give the girls a great experience so they will continue to develop their game, get their handicap, and play the game for life!
We want to encourage girls who may feel isolated in their club to continue playing golf by giving them the chance to make friends from other clubs. The on-course coaching is aimed at building confidence, empowering girls to come together to play and in turn, compete in competitions. We want the girls to feel part of a wider community by linking these events to the #ThisGirlGolfs national campaign.
Initially, we are organising 10 regional sessions focussing on quality, on-course coaching delivered by locally-based PGA professionals who have experience of working with youngsters through ClubGolf and the Development Centres programme. These four-hour events will also include time for the girls to get to know each other, socialise and build relationships.
The professionals will then organise and run further sessions during the summer to keep the groups of girls together and energised, supported by volunteer level two qualified ClubGolf coaches.
We will also extend an invitation to all the participants to come along to the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open or Scottish Open with a family member, giving them the chance to meet girls from other parts of the country and be inspired by the professionals on the course.
The programme, venues and coaches will be promoted through our digital platforms, with direct communications to our ClubGolf clubs and coaches, so they can encourage young golfers to take part. We would be delighted if you are able to promote this fantastic opportunity for young girls in your county.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Clare Queen, who also coordinated last year’s programme, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07812 665161.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Saturday 25 June, Royal Dornoch, 10-2pm, Gary Dingwall