A further 15 golf clubs and facilities are set to be identified as leading venues for the coaching of youngsters, as Phase 2 of the Scottish Golf Development Centre Programme is rolled out nationwide.
Applications are now being invited from golf clubs and facilities
looking to be considered as the newest additions to Scottish Golf's
Development Centre portfolio, with a deadline of May 6. All chosen
facilities will be notified by the end of June 2013, at which point
coach and player recruitment will commence.
The selection of 'Development Centres' was born from the vision
to ensure Scotland's most promising young players are given the
opportunity to reach their potential, with a total of 50 centres to
be chosen by the completion of Phase 3 in 2014.
The programme, which began in October 2012, was devised
following an independent survey that recommended better support was
required in the transition of junior golfers from ClubGolf clubs to
Scottish Golf Academy level.
A total of 21 facilities were identified as Development Centres
in the first year and already boys and girls between the ages of 11
to 17 have been exposed to 30 hours of tailored coaching, plus 10
hours of additional expert advice on important areas, including
fitness, nutrition and psychology.
Their creation has enhanced Scottish Golf's coaching pathway, in
that children who have been identified as promising golfers at
Stage 2 of ClubGolf coaching will now receive ClubGolf Stage 3 from
some of Scotland's best coaches within Development Centres.
ClubGolf Manager Jackie Davidson is confident that much has
already been achieved in the first year of the programme, allowing
Scotland's best young golfers to reach their fullest potential.
She said: "This programme will activate and accelerate the
delivery of Stage 3 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."
A further 15 centres will be selected during Phase 2, which will
allow Scottish Golf Development Coaches to access the best
facilities throughout the country to deliver a structured and
consistent golf development programme. Development Centres will be
based at facilities with the optimum facilities available to allow
players to develop at this key stage within the Scottish Golf
Future plans for the project, culminating in the introduction of
Phase 3, will give leading facilities, interested coaches and
budding players a further chance to become engaged within Scottish
Golf Development Centres in 2014.
Scottish Golf Development Centre Project Manager Colin Bell
explained how facilities, coaches and players stand to benefit.
He said: "Development Centres 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
and fitness and conditioning.
"Development Centres introduce these elements so that young
golfers in Scotland and their parents can better understand what it
takes to become a top class golfer."
Factors that will inform the decision making process on
facilities include the results of a 2012 independent Scottish Golf
Facility Audit, along with local intelligence and consultation on a
local and region level. Robust criteria for facility provisions
will also be used along with geographical and population
Essential criteria include being part of the ClubGolf programme
and the Scottish Golf Player Pathway and having a short game area,
individual teaching bays and a putting green.
Bell also explained why it is important that these criteria are
met for those young golfers who have been identified as talented
enough for Development Centre promotion.
"It is essential that our identified Development Coaches across
Scotland have access to the most appropriate practice facilities to
help young golfers develop their games. The most successful
professionals in every sport work hard on their games during their
"For golf in Scotland, that requires suitable facilities to
allow coaching and purposeful practice during the winter and
leading into the early golf season. Through this programme,
Scottish Golf will not only be able to benefit our players and
coaches, but also over time raise the standard of golf practice
To apply to become one of the Phase 2 or 3 centres, clubs and
facilities must fill in the Facility Application Form, which should
then be return to SGDC@clubgolfscotland.com. This can downloaded
from www.clubgolfscotland.com/coaches/development-centres, where
more information is also available on the overall Scottish Golf
Development Centre programme.