Following a period of consultation with PGA professionals, parents, and children throughout 2018, the Golf Foundation relaunched the much improved Junior Golf Passport last month.
Just what is the Junior Golf Passport programme? How does it attract more youngsters into the game? More importantly, what are the benefits for PGA Professionals?
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 Junior Golf Passport is the Golf Foundation’s national structured learning programme for children aged 6-12 years. It is fully endorsed by The PGA.
Under the guidance of a PGA Professional, involvement in the programme will help to transform complete beginners into junior golfers ready for regular play or membership at a golf club.
The new physical 28-page booklet is rich in content with major modernisations to excite the next generation of players, aged 6 -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. Coach and child can ‘stamp’ the Passport as each new technique is learned. This innovation helps enhance coaching opportunity for the PGA Professional while building confidence for the student, maintaining and increasing interest.
The Passport comes with a smart new wallet to maintain top condition, while the coach can print out award certificates and specific coaching tips that can be inserted into the Passport’s pages.
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 (driver and iron), different types of ball flight (from hook to slice), how to record yardage for shotmaking and more.
What are the key benefits for the PGA Professional?
- A flexible resource to use prescriptively or to fit into your own style of coaching
- The Junior Golf Passport is suitable for mixed ability groups
- It provides fundamental movement skills to create a foundation on which to build performance and skills
- Opportunities to enable support from parents and volunteers
- By registering for the new Junior Golf Passport, Ingrebourne Links Golf Complex in Essex not only gained extra junior members, but more parents began having lessons too. Click here to read more.
- In December 2016 Kingsway Golf Centre in Cambridge was looking for ways to increase junior participation as it had no junior members at the facility. Click here to read more.
- Euxton Park Golf Centre and Chorley Golf Club in Lancashire decided to work together to develop a “Recruit, Retain and Represent” pathway for young golfers. The new Junior Golf Passport resource was employed as the framework for the coaching to great success with Chorley GC gaining 11 junior members. Click here to read more.
What do PGA Professionals say about the Junior Golf Passport?
“The Junior Golf Passport gives our junior tuition a clear pathway that everybody can understand. Creating more children attending our complex and therefore creating more revenue.” Darren Turner, Head PGA Professional Ingrebourne Links Golf Complex.
“The overall effect has been positive in that I have been able to get more children involved in golf. This includes children who are able and disabled. The beauty of the sections in the Junior Golf Passport means that I have been able to teach the children etiquette and take them around the club house and show members the golf development work at the club.” Paul Aitkens, PGA Professional, Leamington County Golf Club
“The Junior Golf Passport has helped our junior programme retain the kids for longer and got them out onto the course quicker through covering a wider range of areas i.e. bunkers, chipping, rules, fitness, pitching, etiquette and more. This in turn has increased club membership” Lee Hayward, PGA Professional Broome Manor GC
The cost of the Junior Golf Passport is £120 for a 12-month licence. For more information or to get started email firstname.lastname@example.org.