Early response from PGA Professionals to our new, free coaching resources for young people across a range of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) has been highly positive.
Our series of disability-specific, easy-to-learn, picture ‘Flash Cards’, that help both the coach and the student, have been a hit (offering visual images/reminders of the swing). Meanwhile, two new specific resources in the areas of coaching young people with Down syndrome, and also Autism, have been favourably received by our PGA coaching network. See more here.
A third set of resources, for youngsters who use a wheelchair, is close to completion in February (others to follow), and in that month we’ll be welcoming 19 PGA Professionals to an online coaching workshop to encourage young people with Down syndrome to learn the game in a positive and safe environment; this workshop will be run alongside national charity Down syndrome UK.
Golf Foundation Regional Development Officer Paul Aitkens says: “We think a key reason for the interest is that we are looking closely at how we can help coaches to reach out to kids with the same disability and tailor their coaching while, crucially, creating improved links with specialist regional SEND projects and charities which are in the same communities as the coaches. This can be a win-win for the local charity groups and the PGA coaches who can specialise and help a new local audience. There is lots more to do, but we are encouraged with the early response to this way of working.”
While the above workshop is full there will be other workshop opportunities in the near future. If you are interested in taking part, please complete the online form.