Through helping to fund coaching and competition for all ages and abilities, the Taskers contribution which Derbyshire receives has significant impact at junior level. Derbyshire’s county coaching programme has gone from strength to strength over the past two years with boys and girls, from age 9 to 18, integrating throughout the pathway.
Led by a fantastic team of 9 PGA coaches, team building activities, strength and conditioning and psychology training is integrated into the coaching pathway to create a diverse and rounded offer. Along with this, the activities on offer help give juniors the tools to advance their personal attributes, such as social skills, confidence and honesty.
In 2015-2016, 70 juniors benefitted from this coaching, and the Derbyshire Junior Steering Group are continuing make sure the programme improves. The volunteer workforce from the Union and Association have a joined up approach, especially with the junior development pathway, which has ensured efficiency at all levels.
The financial support also helps to fund the county competition structure, including the Derbyshire Golf Futures Tour, which attracts around 100 enthusiastic juniors each year from all around the county. These players under the age of 14 compete in 9 hole events throughout the summer, earning themselves points towards an order of merit in various age categories.
Janet Carlin, on behalf of Derbyshire Junior Golf