County Academy programme extended to help players aged 14 and over
PROMISING teenage golfers in Cheshire can reap the benefits from the launch of a new coaching scheme.
The Cheshire County Academy programme is to be extended to help players aged 14 and over to develop their golfing skills. Players will receive all-year round coaching from a team of seven PGA pros as well as advice on the mental side of the game and life skills such as eating the right foods.
Iain Seath, Cheshire County Academy coordinator, said: “The teenage years are important ones for anyone looking to develop their golfing skills, but it is also a time when young players can drift away from the game due to exams or other interests.
“We believe that by targeting the 14-plus age group we can offer a pathway for players to continue to develop their golf, either as a stepping stone towards county golf or to enable them to get as much from the sport as possible. As well as the expert coaching that will allow them to hone their playing ability, we will be offering advice in areas like nutrition, exercise and psychology.”
The new three-year programme builds on the success of the academy initiative run under the umbrella of the Cheshire County Golf Partnership. The academy will continue to guide young players in the nine to 13 age bracket, who will receive 12 hours of specialist coaching through the winter.
The seven coaching centres will be based at Astbury GC, De Vere Mottram Hall, Styal, Prestbury, Warrington, De Vere Carden Park and Moreton Hills Golf Centre, Wirral.
The academy is now in its fourth year, having helped more than 300 youngsters improve their golf.
Cheshire CGP development officer Craig Thomas says: “The academy offers many potential benefits to the players including access to some of the most dedicated, enthusiastic and motivated PGA coaches in Cheshire. In turn the pros have access to some of the sport’s leading specialists while all the facilities have achieved GolfMark, ensuring they are junior friendly.
“Players receive individual performance plans with targeted practice routines, video swing analysis and goal setting.”