The aim of the golf coaching system is to develop and sustain an appropriate and effective coaching workforce which will always deliver the right coach in the right place at the right time. Well trained licensed volunteer coaches, working alongside and under the guidance of more qualified PGA Pros, will enable us to deliver the ClubGolf outcomes at every stage of the player pathway.
I’m a PGA Professional, how do I become a Roving Pro?
The criteria to become a Roving Pro highlights what we need the coaches to be able to demonstrate in order to be deployed as a ClubGolf coach.
If you wish to be considered as a Roving Pro and you meet the essential criteria as listed on the Coach Criteria form above, you first need to register your interest through completing the following form:
Please note, ClubGolf will hold your details on our coach database but we cannot guarantee you any deployment opportunities.
What are the benefits of being a Roving Pro?
Funding is available to clubs to pay the Roving Pro for their time spent delivering the coaching programme. In addition the coach will be remunerated for travel costs to and from the club and there is a nominal amount set aside to reimburse the coach for time spent planning the programme.
How does the club funding work?
Clubs can apply now for funding. Our ClubGolf Regional Managers will work with clubs to engage a local 'Roving' PGA Professional. ClubGolf will fund the cost of that PGA professional to deliver a 10-week ClubGolf stage 2 coaching block at the club.
In order for a club to access the funding, a planning meeting will be held prior to any coaching taking place with the Regional Manager for that area, which will ensure plans are in place to support the club's current coaching workforce and explore a more formal arrangement with the PGA Professional. The club and Regional Manager will then make a joint 'bid' for Roving Pro funding.
In addition to coaching, responsibilities of the Roving Pro will be to signpost suitably talented players for further coaching in Scottish Golf Development Centres and promote ClubGolf activity at the club in local schools, as well as linking into the club at committee level.
Thanks to equal investment from ClubGolf and Ryder Cup Europe, we are pleased to announce the launch of the "Roving Pro" Fund.
At present, there simply aren't enough qualified level 2 coaches out in the field. We need to ensure children across Scotland have the chance to experience quality coaching as they progress and develop their skills.
Therefore - the creation of "Roving Pros" will allow more clubs across the country to deliver more ClubGolf Stage 2 coaching blocks. This fantastic new fund gives clubs the chance to apply for finance which will cover the initial cost of coaching blocks delivered by qualified and licensed PGA Professionals. Funding will be directed to clubs with the greatest need.
Helping clubs to offer further coaching opportunities
ClubGolf Manager, Jackie Davidson said: "We have identified areas in which this need is greatest, where there are very few qualified Level 2 coaches and, as such, this is where the fund will be targeted."
It is hoped that, by allowing new clubs to host successful ClubGolf coaching blocks, money can be banked by that club to support future coaching delivery from the PGA Professional.
Davidson added: "After the initial investment from the Roving Pro Fund, we hope that clubs will be able to afford to invite the professional back to coach in future years.
"As well as providing essential funding, creating 'Roving Pros' is helping to facilitate engagement between clubs and local pros, which can only be beneficial to the ClubGolf programme in these areas."
ClubGolf and PGA (Scotland)
The PGA is a proud partner of ClubGolf and plays an important role in helping to promote and grow the game in Scotland. Many PGA members are instrumental in delivering ClubGolf coaching programmes and bringing through the next generation of golfers.
The PGA leads on Coach Education in Scotland and will work with key partners to ensure that the right coach is in the right place at the right time to meet the needs of all participants in golf. To do this we will develop a system that recruits, trains, supports and retains high quality coaches at every level of the player pathway.
We are always looking for more PGA Pros to engage in ClubGolf and support the next generation of golfers. Any professional interested in starting a ClubGolf programme, or getting involved with existing local ClubGolf programmes, contact your ClubGolf Regional Manager
For further information on the support available for coaches, please contact Gavin Forrester Coach Development Office on firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting your club involved with the ClubGolf programme is really easy and there’s plenty of help and support available to make sure you get up and running.
All coaches in the ClubGolf programme who successfully complete their Level 1 Certificate in Golf Coaching will receive a letter from the PGA Membership department inviting them to become a licensed coach.
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