Ensuring Enjoyment for Nottinghamshire Juniors

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  • Post author:Gordon Bruce - Honorary Treasurer
  • Nottinghamshire Union of Golf Clubs
  • 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 which will increase/maintain junior numbers, ensure enjoyment and social interactions, and motivate and encourage entries into local, regional and national events.

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 from Nippers into County Squads.

Last year the majority of 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 ( U8’s up to U12’s play 9 holes ) and U7’s play 6 and 4 holes). The Ryder Cup is played at the end of the season against Shropshire and Herefordshire Pee Wees. The balance of the funding was used for the coaching programme detailed above.

This year Taskers Trophy funding will be used to provide autumn/ winter weekly coaching sessions ( 22 x 2 hours for boys and 10 x 2-hour sessions for girls) Spring and summer coaching sessions ( 7x 6 hours for boys and 5 x 6 hours for girls) and 3x 3-hour sessions for Nippers. The coaching programme covers course management, putting, swing analysis, long and short game, chipping and bunker play. The coaching professionals set skill exercises for practice and results are recorded and analysed.

The results are measured by reductions in handicaps- 2020/2021/2022 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 in 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 U12’s/ U14’s, U16’s/ and U/18’s. In the past ten years Nottinghamshire have had 4 boys who started as Nippers reach International status and four now in England Regional squads.

Autumn/ Winter coaching programme starts September through to March. Spring / Summer continues from April though to August. Handicaps are regularly monitored and development action is taken where and when necessary.

England Golf have provided some financial funding support for 2021/22 , this will cover support 15% of the coaching budget.

Gordon Bruce - Honorary Treasurer - Nottinghamshire Union of Golf Clubs

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