Within that, the Junior Golf Passport is the national structured learning programme for children aged 6-12 years, endorsed by the PGA. The multi-layered programme progresses a complete novice golfer into a junior golfer ready for membership at a golf club.
JUNIOR GOLF PASSPORT KEY THREE AREAS
The programme has 3 key levels: START, LEARN and PLAY.
The START level is all about fun and an elementary introduction to golf.
The LEARN level is a move towards technical instruction through games based learning, always with the emphasis on fun.
The PLAY level teaches the child to apply their learning to the golf course, preparing them for potential club membership and competition.
However, access to the golf course and playing golf on a course are important features of the Junior Golf Passport from the START in order to develop a real connection to golf. The programme covers the following key areas of golf;
CONTENT AND IMPROVEMENTS
There are some key new areas of content included within the NEW Junior Golf Passport such as Skills for Life, Fit for Golf and Ready for Golf. Skills for life is integral to the Golf Foundation’s mission of enhancing the lives of young people through golf.
Each session contains a clear Skills for Life focus which should be constantly re-affirmed throughout the games and warm ups.
The programme is presented as both a physical and web based resource using both formats to track performance and progression. It can be delivered using the prescriptive session plans and games cards provided in the pack or by the coach selecting the resources to suit their own preferred style.
The programme is delivered in 10-week blocks covering a subject each week with a family festival in week 10 to allow the child and parent to play golf together in a fun environment.
Fit for Golf incorporates some key fundamental movements skills that will allow the child to become better physically prepared to take on the challenge of golf. The aim is to raise the awareness of the child about the importance of fitness and movement to their lives and golf.
Ready for Golf is designed to prepare the children for playing golf on a golf course and the wider golf club environment.
The children are on the golf course from day one of the programme; this section prepares them for the challenges of on-course golf and competitions. As mentioned earlier, the session plans provide the coach with an optional method of delivering their sessions.
The plans included an objective for the session, a Skills for Life focus, warm up, game 1, fundamental movement circuit breaker, game 2 and warm down.
There is a session plan for each lesson of the programme with supporting games cards in a separate resource. Each games card has a guide to which area of the Junior Golf Passport the games relate to.
The website for the Junior Golf Passport plays a huge role in the strength and success of the programme. The website offers a comprehensive support tool for child and coach allowing both parties to track progression and performance.
The website also includes: player profile, messaging, player locker room, online shop, games, quizzes and much more.
The equipment needed to run the programme is very minimal. Alongside traditional facilities and equipment such as the driving range and practice ground, putting green, practice bunker, golf course and cones, the games do not require any additional equipment.
Volunteers and parents can play a huge part in the programme and it is recommended to engage parents from day one and throughout the coaching programme.