Talented youngsters sought for regional coaching squads

Rebecca Wood

England Golf is seeking talented youngsters across the country to form U16 boys’ and girls’ regional coaching squads for training over the winter months of 2013/14.

The 10 regional boys’ squads are well established and, following their success, the girls’ coaching programme is being changed to a similar structure.

There will be 10 new regional girls’ squads, which will replace the Birdie and Select pathway. Each player will receive 20 days of coaching and an equivalent of 10 days physical development.

Becca Wood, England Golf’s Performance Manager for the women’s programme (pictured
© Leaderboard Photography) , explained: “The key objectives for this change are to achieve a consistent structure and delivery across the talent pathway, to provide quality coaching and development, increased contact time and access to top class facilities.

“Over the coming years we want to develop a larger pool of players who can be given serious consideration for the U18 squad.”

The ten regional coaches who will lead the girls’ regional coaching programme were announced last week.

Now, the search is on for young players – both boys and girls – to step up to the mark and get on the first rung of England Golf’s national coaching structure.

“We aim to give our talented young players the best golf development experience available,” commented Nigel Edwards, England Golf’s Performance Director.

“In return, we expect the players to commit themselves to a programme of golf coaching and physical training that will set them up for life.

“By expanding our coaching commitment with this age group, we are giving England Golf the best chance of success at U18, men’s and women’s and ultimately touring professional level in future.”

Young golfers will be asked to submit an initial application form and if successful will be invited to one of the regional squad selection weekends in September.

After competing with their peers in a series of skills tests, player profiling and on-course ability they will learn if they have secured one of the squad places for the months ahead.

“There is no guarantee that the current best U16 level players will automatically gain a squad place, they will have to work for it and demonstrate their desire,” stated Edwards. “Current performance levels are a key factor but they will have to be matched and exceeded by work ethic, commitment and their attitude to improving. The player with more hunger and thirst for improvement is always likely to come out the more proficient golfer in the long run.”

The deadline for applications is Friday 23rd August 2013.