Expanding Junior Coaching in Nottinghamshire

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  • Post author:Gordon Bruce
  • Nottinghamshire Union of Golf Clubs - Honorary Treasurer
  • Post category:Junior Golf

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 that will increase/ maintain junior numbers, ensure enjoyment and social interactions, motivate and encourage entries into local, regional and national events. Last year the Taskers funding was used to support the Nippers Tour and the Mini Ryder Cup. Boys and girls play 7 events over 7 different courses( U/8’s up to U/12’s play 9 holes and U/7’s play 6 and 4 holes. The Ryder Cup is played at the end of the season against Shropshire and Herefordshire Pee Wees. In 2021 due to the Covid restrictions on group coaching, all squad members had 3x 1 hour one to one coaching sessions with their own coach.

Funding will be used in providing autumn/winter weekly coaching sessions ( 22 x 2 hours for boys and 10x 2-hour sessions for girls) Spring and summer coaching sessions ( 7 x 6 hours sessions for boys and 5 x 6-hour sessions for girls) +3 x 3-hour sessions for Nippers. 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.

The results are measured by reductions in handicaps- 2019/2020/2021 results : Boys U18 -21.3% , U16 – 32.6% , U14 – 28.4%, U12- 37.3%. Girls U18/U16 -2.8% , U14 – 0.05% . Our success is measured by how many new players are encouraged to join clubs, obtain handicaps and enter events. We provide support for all players through from Nippers into county squads / U/12’s / U 14’s / U16’s/ and U/18’s. In the past ten years, Nottinghamshire has had 4 boys who started as Nippers reach International status and four now in England Regional squads.

We want to provide the opportunity for all boys and girls to play golf and help them develop their potential through coaching, motivation, dedication and commitment from them and us and encourage them to reach their goals. We provide support for all players through from Nippers into County squads/ U/12’s / U/14’s / U/16’s and U/18’s. Autumn/ Winter coaching starts September through to March. Spring/ Summer continues from April through to August. Handicaps are regularly monitored and development action is taken when and where necessary. It is planned for 2022 the U/12 and U/14 squads will have two additional coaching sessions at Sherwood Forest GC.

Gordon Bruce - Nottinghamshire Union of Golf Clubs - Honorary Treasurer

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