Put names forward for junior coaching

PUBLISHED: 20:26 13 January 2011

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Nominations are now open for any junior golfers aged between 7 and 15 years of age, who are not on a county coaching programme. Both boys and girls can be nominated, as well as beginners. For more details contact Craig Townsend, Academy Coordinator, info@devongolfpartnership.org.uk

The Devon Junior Academy (DJA) has been running for two years and over this period nearly 140 junior golfers between the ages of 7 and 15 have been coached and trained with new skills for golf and life.

In 2010 the DJA was based at seven Academy Training Centres throughout Devon, these being, East Devon GC, Padbrook Park GC, Teignmouth GC, Dainton Park GC, Torbay GC, Yelverton GC and Royal North Devon GC.

Over 80 young golfers participated in monthly coaching sessions focusing on short game, basic technique, wedge and bunker play and competi-tive skills challenges.

DJA coaches for 2011 are Neil Holman (Head Coach, Torbay), Rob Selley (Teignmouth), Adrian Cave (Honiton), Stuart Disney (Padbrook Park), Steve Dougan and Tim McSherry (Yelverton), Mike Wilson (RND), Andy Fox (Exminster), Ben Thorne (East Devon) and James Martin (Downes Crediton).

The DJA is a coaching programme that provides a talent pathway between the clubs and county coaching for both boys and girls. The coaching is aimed to complement the instruction already given by each player’s home based coach and communication between coaches is a fundamental part of the pro-gramme.

In 2011 the DJA process will be enhanced further by the introduction of the Smart Pro online coaching programme that all players can access on a daily basis. This will provide both the DJA coaches and the home based coaches with knowledge of each players pro-

●The Devon County Ladies Golf Association (DCLGA) and Portmore Golf Park, Barnstaple have run two highly successful Open Beginners golf coaching events for women during October. The coaching and golf sessions introduced 30 new women to the game through various interac-tive coaching methods, competitions and a social chat following each session. Both groups ranged from teenagers to retirees with ability levels

excellent for a first attempt. A number looked like they had played for years!

The DCLGA in partnership with local golf clubs and the Devon Golf Partnership plan to hold a significant number of women’s beginners coaching sessions in 2011 in all areas of Devon.

If you are interested in starting golf or are a club that would like to host a coaching event, please contact Craig info@devongolfpartnership.org.uk

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