In her six years since turning professional and qualifying as a PGA Professional in 2018, Victoria Bradshaw has worked at Malahide, Elm Park and Belvoir Park Golf Clubs, learning her trade and finding areas of coaching which she particularly enjoys, writes Paul Kelly.
A former Irish amateur international, Victoria has joined five other female PGA professionals participating in the Level Par Coaching Programme.
The Level Par initiative, managed by the Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI), is supported by Sport Ireland and is designed to create more awareness, education and positive interventions around the women’s and girl’s game.
Research has shown that, where a female coach is involved, the number of junior girls at that club or facility doubles. Just 13 of 600 PGA Professionals in Ireland are female so further work is required to encourage more female coaches to take up coaching positions at all levels.
“My main interest is building programmes to develop girls’ golf skills. Ultimately I would love to develop a coaching school for girls to socialise in a fun, safe environment with various programmes after school and during school holidays,” said Victoria.
Victoria has just returned home from a period of working with the renowned Coach Steven Orr at the Cranfield Golf Academy in West Sussex.
She will be coaching with the Connacht and Munster Golf4Girls4Life Stage 5 & 6 Programmes in 2020 as well as sharing her experiences with the Connacht Girls’ Interprovincial team.
Victoria added; “I’ve realised that in 10 or 15 years we could have no girls playing the game of golf if we are not careful.
“I would encourage clubs to consider what incentives have they to encourage young people to become members and play the game of golf.
“Also clubs should consider advertising Open Membership Days to encourage young boys and girls to come and try the game of golf under the Professional’s supervision.”