Remy Miller has admitted earning a Diploma in Sporting Excellence from an educational programme backed by England Golf has helped him tee up the next chapter in his golfing career.
The 18-year-old former England Boys’ squad player has just graduated from the course which was set up for young golfers in a partnership with Loughborough College.
Miller – from Prestbury in Cheshire – is one of the first graduates from a programme open to all applicants to England Golf’s regional squads.
The teenager enrolled as part of the north-west region ahead of his acceleration to the full boys’ squad.
And he’s already putting the lessons learned to good use.
Last month, Miller competed in his last boys’ event at the Carris Trophy and then flew out to America to begin his studies at the University of Texas El Paso.
“I’d definitely recommend the course to anyone thinking about taking it on,” said Miller after a practice round at his new base, the El Paso Country Club.
“I particularly found the planning aspect of the course useful around things such as nutrition and training.
“That complemented work we were doing with the England squad anyway and I found it a real benefit.
“It’s something which I am continuing to profit from even though I’ve now moved on from the boys’ squad and finished the course.
“I brought the templates for nutrition and training with me to Texas so that I can use them and integrate them into my way of life over here.”
The DiSE programme is designed to measure an athlete’s ability to plan and then apply and evaluate their development within all aspects of golf.
Miller and his year group have now graduated with a Level 3 diploma after learning to manage their time in order to deal with schoolwork, the diploma and their golf commitments.
This year a group of 38 students remain on track to graduate in 2021.
“I was studying for ‘A’ levels in Maths, Psychology and PE and I didn’t find it a struggle to combine everything,” confirmed Miller who is now looking at majoring in economics or business management at university.
“The course wasn’t a breeze by any means with presentations and portfolio work, but it wasn’t difficult to combine all the different things I had on my plate once I got myself organised.
“I’d say the biggest thing I took from the course was finding a new level of maturity.
“You are encouraged to think and do things for yourself, to set plans and achieve targets.
“It’s easy to set a plan, but tougher to stick to it and work to an end goal. By doing that I think it helped me mature a lot quicker than I otherwise would have done.”
Players who enrolled in the course covered modules including strength and conditioning, mental skills, media and communications and career development.
Miller added: “I was involved with other golfers from around the country which also helps you meet new people and share new ideas.
“All in all, I gained a lot out of it and I’m glad I took part.”
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