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Birmingham University to Host England Coaching Conference

10.14am 15th January 2014 - Exhibitions & Conferences

The University of Birmingham’s Great Hall
The University of Birmingham’s Great Hall

A new venue will play host to this year’s England Coaching Conference – featuring a host of leading speakers from the UK and the USA.

The Bramhall Centre at the University of Birmingham will stage the event on Thursday March 13, which will focus on the ‘recreational golfer’.

The England Coaching Conference, now in its fourth year and organised by The PGA, has attracted a host of top names in the industry to share their expertise including Luke Donald’s former coach Dave Alred, Canada men’s coach Henry Brunton while last year’s impressive line-up included Martin Hall, Jim Hardy and the legendary John Jacobs.

Leading the roster this year is US PGA Master Professional Cathy Harbin, former executive director of the Golf 20/20 drive to increase awareness and participation for the World Golf Foundation. She also led the launch of the US-wide Get Ready Golf campaign. Currently, Harbin is vice president of golf revenue for Texas-based ClubCorp, which has more than 150 properties in its portfolio.

Joining Harbin in Birmingham is PGA Master Professional Scott Cranfield, plus PGA Fellow Professional Alistair Spink and David Haskins.

The University of Birmingham’s Professor Kathy Armour, Head of School in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, will open the conference.

The one-day event offers PGA Professionals, volunteer coaches and those involved in growing the game a great opportunity to enhance their knowledge. PGA Professionals attending the event can also claim 25 CPD points.

Jonathan Wright, coach education and development manager (England) for The PGA, said: “The aim of the Conference is to help PGA Professionals really understand recreational golfers.

“Recreational golfers are a huge proportion of the number of players but largely overlooked when it comes to the amount of coaching they get.

“The conference should go towards addressing that, highlighting the wants and needs of the recreational golfer in detail, and in so doing help PGA Professionals grow their business.”

In addition to the vast array of speakers, the conference will also feature a range of exhibits from companies within the golf industry.

Attending the conference costs just £50 and places can be booked via the PGA Coaching department on 01675 470333 or emailing

For more details on the speakers and the conference go to

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