As a result of positive feedback from a series of Junior Organisers‘ workshops run early in 2007, the English Golf Union (EGU) and English Ladies‘ Golf Association (ELGA) are now committed to make these events available on a county-by-county basis.
In February and March, the EGU and ELGA Development Team ran a number of pilot workshops at locations across England to support club staff and volunteers involved in the running of a junior section.
Feedback from the events was extremely positive. Almost all those who attended said after completing the training they had a better understanding of junior development, both nationally and locally, and the role of the junior organiser.
The workshops examined the roles and responsibilities of a junior organiser and offered support and advice on the issues surrounding junior golf development. They also highlighted initiatives that can benefit clubs including the Junior Organisers‘ Handbook, GolfMark, Coaching Grant Aid and the National Skills Challenge.
County representatives who want to take advantage of these workshops should contact their Regional Development Officer. Information is also available online via the EGU website, www.englishgolfunion.org, click on ‘For Golf Clubs‘ and then ‘Info for Counties‘.
The EGU and ELGA believe that the workshops are an informative and vital resource for any club or individual who want to develop and enhance their junior sections or who may be new to a junior role. In addition any PGA member who attends the workshops can apply to the PGA for 25 CPD points.
The Junior Organisers‘ workshops are an initiative jointly provided by the EGU and ELGA via England Golf’s ‘Whole Sport Plan‘ for golf and is an integral part of England Golf’s vision to ‘Grow the Game‘.