The Taskers funding will benefit Nottinghamshire by supporting and expanding the County Junior coaching programme. Most importantly, funding enables us to provide a coaching programme which will increase and maintain junior numbers, ensure enjoyment and social interactions, motivate and encourage entries into local, regional and national events.
As had been planned for the current year funding will be used in providing autumn/ winter weekly coaching sessions; 22 x 2 hours for boys and 10 x 2 hours for girls, Spring and Summer coaching sessions 7 x 6 hours for boys and 5 x 6 hours for girls) and 3 x 3 hours for Nippers.
We want to provide the opportunity for all boys and girls to play golf and help them develop their potential through coaching motivation. We provide support for all players from Nippers into County squads u/12’s, u’14’s, u/16’s and U/18’s, with commitment from them and us and encourage them to reach their goals.
The coaching programme covers course management, putting, swing analysis, long and short game, chipping and bunker play. The coaching pros set skills exercises for practice and results are recorded and analysed.
Autumn/ winter coaching starts September through to March. Spring/ summer coaching continues from April through to August. Handicaps are regularly monitored and development action is taken where and when necessary.
In the past six years, Nottinghamshire has had 4 boys who started as Nippers reaching International status.
The results are measured by reductions in handicaps. In the 2018/19 season results were:
- Boys under 18 -18.9%
- Boys under 16 -33.2%
- Boys under 14 –26.2%
- Boys under 12 -35.7%
- Girls under 18 -2.8%
- Girls under 16 -2.8%
- Girls under 14 -0.05%
Our success is also measured by how many new players are encouraged to join clubs, obtain handicaps and enter events.
In 2019 the Taskers funding was used to support the Nippers Tour and the mini Ryder Cup. Boys and girls play in 7 events over 7 different courses. Under 8’s up to Under 12’s play 9 holes and the Under ‘s play 6 and 4 holes. The Ryder Cup is played at the end of the tour against Shropshire and Herefordshire Pee Wees with the event being held one year in Nottinghamshire and the next in Shropshire and Herefordshire In addition, funding was used to provide Autumn/ Winter weekly coaching and Spring/ Summer coaching sessions for boys and girls of all ages.
Gordon Bruce - Treasurer - Nottinghamshire Union of Golf Clubs