The new Junior Golf Passport for 2019 has been launched by the Golf Foundation which provides PGA Professionals with a learning resource to encourage more young people into golf.
Each year the Golf Foundation introduces 500,000 youngsters from all backgrounds to the benefits of golf, creating a player pathway from school sport to the golf club environment and regular coaching with PGA Professionals.
The new 28-page booklet is rich in content with major modernisations to excite the next generation of players, aged six to 12, and their families. Meanwhile, the online version of the Passport has been revamped radically – becoming a resource now purely to support the PGA Professional.
A Coaches’ Locker Room and Shop are packed with coaching resources to facilitate the busy club professional and inspire his/her students as they learn the game. These include everything from achievement stickers to the introduction of a Skills for Life Medal so coaches/clubs can reward commitment and sportsmanship.
All previous contents have been enhanced to take each child, step-by-step, through all the technical skills to play golf, from putting to the long-game, while guiding young players in basic course management, the Rules and etiquette, in a visually appealing way throughout.
Following feedback from coaches and families, the 2019 Passport offers key new sections for the young player who is growing up in a world of technology: including a guide to the terminology around how a golf club works.
A further new area focuses on developing ‘Skills for Life’, including an understanding of sportsmanship; while the ‘Milestones’ section is where boys and girls can record ‘first golf lesson’, first par, first birdie, first handicap, favourite hole, favourite golfer and more, as their appreciation of the sport grows.
Martin Crowder, Head of Development for the Golf Foundation, said: “We are really excited about the changes to the Junior Golf Passport that ensure we can continually support children through their golfing journey and support coaches and clubs with an appealing, tangible and rewarding programme to deliver. This is a brilliant resource for all junior-friendly golf clubs that tracks and rewards progression, while promoting greater engagement between golf clubs and families.”