The 27th of April 2021 saw the kick-off meeting for EDUGOLF; a new project funded through the Erasmus+ Sport programme of the European Union. The European Observatoire of Sport and Employment [EOSE] and the Confederation of Professional Golf [CPG] have joined forces to lead this innovative golf education and skills development project in partnership with eight leading organisations from the worlds of golf and education.
The EDUGOLF project is founded on the principle that adapting to change can revitalise the sport of golf and allow it to meet its potential to improve the lives of individuals and society as a whole.
The focus of the 3-year EDUGOLF project will be on skills development and education reform, firmly rooted in the belief that those working in golf, in both paid and voluntary positions (and those wishing to do so in the future), are the key to the future of the sport.
The main outputs of the EDUGOLF project include:
- A Research report on changing realities and tendencies of the golf labour market and education requirements
- European Occupational Standards for golf
Innovative online learning to meet the changing skills needs of golf in Europe
At the kick-off meeting the partners focussed on the comprehensive research phase of the project which will take place over the next 12 months and will include desk research and a survey of national golf organisations. Partners contributed a range of views and signposted to existing sources to inform the research which will be overseen by a dedicated research sub-group.
The agenda of this first full partner meeting also covered expectations of the project, confirmation of the work plan, project administration and the importance of wide communication and dissemination activities.
Ian Randell, Chief Executive of the Confederation of Professional Golf [CPG] said, “We want golf to be inclusive, sustainable and life-enhancing, the people working in the game are crucial to achieving these aims and the EDUGOLF project will help to make sure they have the right skills”.
Ben Gittus, Director of Standards for EOSE, said, “Despite the meeting taking place online due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, the commitment and passion of all partners to achieve the project aims for the benefit of the golf industry and future generations of golfers is very clear”.
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Full list of partners – European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE); Confederation of Professional Golf (CPG); PGA of Sweden; Polish Golf Union (PGU); French Golf Federation (ffgolf); Real Federacion Espanola de golf (RFEG); PGA of Belgium; EDGA; University of Applied Sciences for Sport and Management Potsdam (ESAB); National University of Ukraine on Physical Education and Sport (NUPPES).