The Junior Golf Alliance officially launched this month, bringing with it a wealth of training, support and member services for current junior golf coaches and those aspiring to coach golf to children and young people.
This new organisation have ambitious plans to change the face of children’s golf coaching for the better by focusing on the importance of understanding how children learn and are motivated to learn as against the technical elements of the golf swing.
New members of the Alliance receive the “Coaching Golf to Children” eLearning course free-of-charge (non-member cost £65). This new course is split into 7 modules covering topics such as:
- The motivational needs of children
- The role of parents and how to encourage them to contribute positively to their child’s development
- How to provide enjoyable and appropriate golf experiences
- Setting up play activities and games in coaching sessions
- The coaches role in safeguarding children
- Establishing a healthy junior golf coaching business
Over the forthcoming weeks the Alliance will be releasing a further five eLearning courses, all with preferential enrolment fees for members. In addition, during the first quarter of 2017, they’ll be announcing the dates and details of their workshop series – to be held at venues across the UK.
Running alongside the training provision is that of consultancy and support. The Executive Board of the Junior Golf Alliance has over 60 years combined experience of coaching golf to children, as such is well positioned to advise junior coaches. They have created three flexible and affordable packages that members can enrol on, again for significantly reduced prices.
Nevil Perryman-Best, Director of Sales & Consultancy, comments: “Our consultancy service really complements our training courses by providing one-to-one support and advice. It takes everything from the training and helps the coach make it happen and make it real. It’s about us being there to bounce ideas off – a shoulder to lean on if you like.
Many coaches that we have worked with have also highlighted the value of co-coaching. You are able to get another view on what you are doing, back up your decisions and grow in confidence. Coaching on your own can be a lonely experience.”
Members will also receive their copy of “The Junior Coach” – the official eNewsletter to the Junior Golf Alliance. This will contain lots of tips and best practices that will help coaches grow their junior coaching business, as well as coaching theories and practices that will improve the child’s experience.
High profile guest experts are also being lined up to contribute to the newsletter, not only from a children’s golf coaching background but also from a wider children’s sports coaching perspective.
Membership to the Alliance costs £50 per year and also includes access to the MemberZone section of the website, home to the virtual JGA-Community of coaches as well as a growing library of resources and coaching tools.
Junior Golf Alliance www.juniorgolfalliance.co.uk