Ten Scottish Golf Club Managers and Senior Staff received their MDP Diplomas at a recent presentation ceremony in Stirling. The Diploma is awarded across Europe by the Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE) as a key qualification in their Management Development Programme (MDP).
The ten attended CMAE’s MDP Parts One and Two over a two year period, followed by an exam which included the submission of a work based assignment where they took on a problem at their club and resolved it by applying key learnings from the MDP curriculum.
Launched in 2011 the highly regarded MDP Pathway has already been promoted and delivered in Scotland, England, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy and Dubai. The programme delivers top class education to club managers and club industry professionals on the 10 core competencies of modern club management.
The ten successful recipients were: Lesley Nicholson, Mandy Martin, Willie MacKay and Craig Chalmers, all from Scottish Golf; Gerry Flannigan, Bathgate GC, Lindsay Muir, Royal Burgess GS, David Ritchie, Alan Waugh, Clydebank and District GC, Brendan McDermott, Kirkcaldy GC and David Muir, Kilmacolm GC.
Michael Braidwood CCM, CMAE’s Director of Education said of their success “it always gives me pleasure to hand out our Diploma certificates to industry peers ; I have seen them work incredibly hard during their time at MDP, and then apply that knowledge at their clubs. These people are changing the perception of club management in our industry, and given the number of clubs now appointing trained and qualified managers, others are taking note.“
The MDP pathway was originally developed by the Club Managers Association of America and thanks to their vision and insight has been shared with CMAE, who adapted the materials for the European Golf, Sports and City Club Markets.
In 2017 the CMAE will roll out another 12 MDP courses throughout the UK and Europe.