Birmingham Metropolitan College Golf Academy students studying for Sport qualifications have benefited from an intensive two day coaching course which has helped drive home success for students.
Alan Beard, Worcestershire & Herefordshire County Development Officer, has worked in partnership with the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA), Hagley Golf Club and Birmingham Metropolitan College lecturer, David Faulkner, to provide support for students studying for their Level 1 PGA course.
He said: “Our partnership’s aim is to increase the number of players coming into the game with initiatives such as Get into Golf and the National Golf Month happening in May. It’s good to grow the number of potential coaches and volunteers who may continue to work with local clubs in the future to help keep them sustainable.”
Birmingham Metropolitan College runs a Golf Education programme for school leavers preparing them for careers in golf or progression to university. The course runs at BirminghamMetropolitanCollege’s Stourbridge and Sutton Coldfield Campuses and includes a vocational qualification in sport and free golf coaching plus the opportunity to take part in local regional and national competitions.
Pete Ball, Tutor for PGA, took students through their paces on the intensive two day coaching course which all the students passed, and said: “This is some of the best coaching I’ve seen from a group this young – some of the students demonstrating a maturity that I haven’t seen from Level 2 and 3 coaches.”
Alan Beard said: “When a tutor of Pete’s standing gives quality feedback on the delegates it makes you feel that golf coaching in the future will be in safe hands.”
Hagley Golf Club will continue to support the County Golf Partnerships and the PGA to offer future Level 1 qualifications for students studying golf at Birmingham Metropolitan College’s Stourbridge Campus.
More information on the variety of sport academies on offer, including golf, is available on the website: www.bmetc.ac.uk