A management development course for golf club managers and senior staff was a huge success when it was hosted by England Golf at the Avon Conference Centre in Warwick.
Twenty-seven delegates from the golf industry took and passed part one of the Management Development Programme, the highly regarded course provided by the Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE).
England Golf is partnering CMAE and the Golf Club Managers' Association (GCMA) to strengthen and develop clubs by promoting progressive education for club managers, both those already in the industry and those coming into the profession.
The initiative reflects the aims of the England Golf strategic plan, Raising Our Game, which calls on all who care about the game to work together to create a brighter future for golf, including more players, more members and stronger clubs.
David Joy, the Chief Executive of England Golf, said: "It is fantastic news that all delegates passed the course and I congratulate the club managers and senior staff who successfully took the opportunity to improve their skills and their knowledge of the industry. This will undoubtedly lead to stronger clubs which are better able to meet the needs of existing members and new players.
"This week-long course was well subscribed due to the quality of the education and the exceptional testimonies provided by previous delegates.”
The MDP programme was launched in 2011 and courses have been held throughout the UK and Europe, delivering top class education to club managers and senior staff on all 10 core competencies of modern club management.
Delegates at Warwick enjoyed presentations by leading educators, including Bill Sanderson, Steven Brown and Duncan Ritchie, along with specialist technical presentations by England Golf’s Rules and Handicapping department, the PGA, BIGGA, 59 Club, XACT and Golf HR consultants.
The MDP pathway was originally developed by the Club Managers Association of America and thanks to their vision and generosity has been given to CMAE who have adapted the materials for the European golf, sports and city club markets.
For more information about training and education for club managers visit: www.cmaeurope.org and www.gcma.org.uk
Caption: Some of the successful delegates on the course.