Coaches appointed for new U16 girls’ squads

Regional Coaches

England Golf has appointed ten experienced golf coaches to spearhead its revamped U16 girls’ regional coaching programme from September 2013.

The ten coaches and their regions are:  
JJ Vallely – North Region
Andrew Nicholson – Yorkshire Region
Steve Astle – North West Region
Matt Whall – West Midlands Region
John Mellor – East Midlands Region
Roly Hitchcock – East Region
Mark Day – Thames Valley Region
Scott Godfrey – South West Region
Alex Saary – South Region
Matt Antell – South East Region

The new programme will replace the current Birdie and Select pathway with ten regional U16 girls’ squads. Players will each receive 20 days of coaching and an equivalent of 10 days physical development. The changes follow a successful restructuring of the boys’ regional coaching programme in 2012/13.

England Golf performance director Nigel Edwards commented: “I’m delighted with the coaches selected to help us take the programme to the next level. It was a tough recruitment process and the competition was very strong.”

The successful candidates will join the U16 boys’ regional coaches for an induction and training session in August at England Golf headquarters in Woodhall Spa before identifying their squad for the winter training ahead.

Caption: Scott Godfrey of the South West Region. Image © Leaderboard Photography