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PGA pros at heart of the Passport, enhanced by Colour Path Golf

The new Junior Golf Passport has been designed with the express aim of supporting the busy PGA professional coach who wants to encourage youngsters and families, with a resource that can boost any coaching portfolio and business.

We mentioned the colour, appeal and content of the new physical 28-page booklet in the previous story, while the online version of the Passport (www.juniorgolfpassport.org) has been enhanced to a high specification – becoming a resource now with the main aim of helping the PGA coach: a Coaches’ Locker Room and Shop are packed with coaching resources to facilitate the busy club professional and inspire his/her students as they learn the game. These include everything from achievement stickers to the introduction of a Skills for Life Medal so coaches/clubs can reward commitment and sportsmanship.

Evie Carter, PGA Professional at The Golf Centre Coalville, and a Trustee of the Golf Foundation, said: “The new Junior Golf Passport is now the ultimate resource and guide for children, coaches and parents alike. The additional check lists in each section are sure to motivate juniors and also enhance their learning and knowledge of the game. The new addition of the Skills for Life section is something that will be a big hit with the kids, as they can also be rewarded for the effort they give, even when they may not be succeeding immediately with their performance. Recognition for a positive attitude is something I have seen works well when coaching young players.

“There has been a great deal of research, planning and design in the new, updated Junior Golf Passport which will now help to enhance children’s learning and help them succeed at any given level from Start, Learn, to Play.”

A significant additional benefit for PGA pros comes as junior golf coaching specialist Colour Path Golf is now a Junior Golf Passport Delivery Partner. Any club which has an active Passport licence will be entitled to a 25% discount on the Colour Path Golf range. This is a simplified, versatile teaching aid that can be used by all teaching professionals; with high engagement from all students, especially kids who love the bright colours. As part of the team at Colour Path Golf’s commitment to grow the game, every product that is purchased by PGA pros who are registered on the Passport will create a small donation for the Golf Foundation (see www.colourpathgolf.co.uk).

John Glenn, a PGA Class AA Teaching Professional and Co-Founder of Colour Path Golf, said: “We are delighted to be in partnership with the Golf Foundation. Our dedication to growing the game is what has led us to develop the Colour Path Golf system. I am confident that our products, combined with the Golf Foundation’s commitment to bringing golf to more youngsters through its Junior Golf Passport programme, can have a really positive impact on the game.”

PGA professionals remain at the heart of the Junior Golf Passport as they do across all Golf Foundation programmes. The Foundation’s network of HSBC Golf Roots Centres are all supported by PGA pros, many of whom are leading specialists in coaching juniors. This charity’s 10 Regional Development Officers (RDOs) rely on their expertise and knowledge as they support our golf clubs to help more young people from all backgrounds and abilities to enjoy the benefits of the sport.

Golf Foundation CEO Brendon Pyle said: “The Foundation Regional Development Officers really value their day-to-day working relationships with PGA professionals. I started my career with the Foundation as a RDO and prize the working relationships and friendships that I made with many PGA coaches. Today, the ability to form open, productive and enjoyable working relationships with PGA coaches is a key skill sought in any RDO.”

The cost of the Junior Golf Passport is £120 for a 12-month licence. Visit www.juniorgolfpassport.org to find out more or email development@golf-foundation.org for more details.

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