Sport Development & Active Society
Golf is played by more than 60 million people worldwide in more than 130 countries on six continents.
To date numerous activities and projects are taking place around the world in order to grow and develop the game.
All these programmes are producing tangible and measurable results in attracting people of all ages to the game and providing pathways for them to progress and stay involved in golf for life.
The IGF appreciates the importance of these development programmes and, as the International Federation of the sport, is encouraging the continuation and expansion of such projects.
IGF Development Programmes
The IGF also develops international programmes and recently published the International Golf Coaching Framework (IGCF) in collaboration with the PGA World Alliance (PGAWA). It was recognised that a more common language and set of criteria to inform the development and qualification of golf coaches was required. The IGCF therefore provides common principles, concepts and tools that can be applied to the needs of golf in various countries. It also provides a benchmarking tool to assist each country in refining existing programmes and planning new programmes and sets the stage for increased synergy between national and international organisations in support of coach education and development.
The IGF Development and Sport for All Committee was established to oversee and advise on all IGF Coaching and Development programmes, leveraging the educational resources and golf professional expertise of leading PGAs and the International Golf Federation (IGF) membership, to deliver a unified global golf coach training platform in collaboration with the International Golf Federation (IGF) and its national federation members (NFs) that can drive global golf participation and growth.
The IGF recognises that golf coaches play a central role in promoting golf participation and in enhancing the performance of players and teams. In addition to this, coaches contribute to the development of golfers as people, teams as cohesive units and communities with a shared interest. Coaching also can contribute to social aims by promoting activity and health; coalescing citizens behind a common entity; and generating economic activity through employment, education, purchase of equipment, use of facilities and attendance at events. One main focus therefore of the IGF Development and Sport for All Committee is the organisation of Golf Educator Programmes and this Committee leads the delivery of courses to IGF National Federation Members both directly and also through the International Olympic Committee Olympic Solidarity Programme. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) supports the general development of Olympic Sports through its Olympic Solidarity programmes. The direct beneficiaries of these programmes will be the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), particularly those with the greatest needs.
IGF National Federation Members who wish to apply for Olympic Solidarity funding for the organisation of Technical Courses for Coaches (Coach Development) should contact their National Olympic Committee and detailed IOC Guidelines on the organisation procedure may be found here. We would encourage you to reach out to your NOC to understand what opportunities may be available for the future. A list of all National Olympic Committees can be found here.
An overview of the successful delivery of the Technical Course for Coaches delivered by the IGF through Olympic Solidarity in Colombia in April 2017 may be found here.
More information on the IOC Olympic Solidarity Programmes may be found here.
Members who wish to organise Technical Course for Coaches (Coach Development) independently or with guidance from the IGF can contact us here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Development Programmes by IGF Membership
You will find below a brief description of just some of the current development initiatives taking place around the world by the IGF membership:
The R&A is committed to encouraging the playing of golf globally. Two factors make this possible: one is the annual surplus from The Open Championship and the other is the position of influence held globally by The R&A. These two combined give scope for the worldwide advancement of golf.
Using an annual budget of around £5million, generated by the continued success of golf’s oldest Major, The R&A distributes funding to support coaching programmes and junior golf, which is channelled through various grassroots organisations. Support is also given to national organisations running international championships and bodies such as the Ladies’ Golf Union.
Projects all over the world, from Brazil to Bulgaria and Venezuela to Vietnam, benefit from R&A assistance, whether in the form of coaching visits from the PGAs of Europe, junior golf equipment or capital to help build and develop golf facilities. The aim is simple: to encourage more people to play golf in more places, more often.
Learn more about R&A Golf Development.
PGA Play Golf America
PGA Play Golf America programs are designed to provide lessons, playing opportunities and equipment fittings for free or at affordable prices from PGA and LPGA Professionals who are the experts in golf instruction. Play Golf America helps beginning and experienced golfers find fun and affordable ways to enjoy the game of golf near their home through a variety of different programs:
Play Golf America also comprises a youth program – the PGA Sports Academy which is designed to bring the next generation of golfers to the sport in a fun and interactive way.
The PGA Sports Academy is focused on developing junior golfers using five key areas:
- Fitness and Nutrition
- Golf Skills
- Sportsmanship, Rules and Etiquette
- Golf and “Near Golf” Experiences
- Golf and Physical Assessments
These five areas are delivered by PGA and LPGA Professionals in a fun and engaging way. This gives every junior the opportunity to enjoy golf either socially or competitively, based on his or her individual desire.
The PGA Sports Academy has also produced a “Fit for Golf” booklet that features exercises, nutritional information and encourages youth to participate in fitness activities.
Click here to download the PGA Sports Academy “FIT FOR GOLF”
LPGA USGA – Girls Golf
LPGA*USGA Girls Golf (Girls Golf) is the only national junior golf program that specializes in providing girl-friendly environments for juniors to learn the game of golf. They aim to make the game of golf fun and teach more than just stance and swing; they also teach girls valuable life skills like confidence and perseverance.
Each of the 380 Girls Golf sites help prepare girls ages 6 – 17 for a lifetime of enjoyment of the game while also inspiring them to feel confident, build positive self-esteem and live active and healthy lives through The Five E’s of Girls Golf.
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Learn more about Girls’ Golf here
The LPGA Foundation
The LPGA Foundation supports women and young people through programs and initiatives aimed at empowering them through the game of golf. Since its founding, The LPGA Foundation has touched more than 300,000 lives through various scholarship and financial assistance programs, along with its flagship junior golf program, LPGA*USGA Girls Golf.
LPGA Foundation Mission
“To empower and support girls and women through developmental and humanitarian golf initiatives”
Established in 1991, The LPGA Foundation had four main goals: to develop and maintain a financial assistance fund for those in the golf industry and to conduct research and develop educational activities related to golf instruction. Since its inception, The LPGA Foundation has created and supported a number of programs to achieve these objectives.
The LPGA Foundation has four main goals:
- to develop and maintain junior golf programs across the country
- to develop and maintain scholarship programs for junior golfers
- to maintain a financial assistance fund for those in the golf industry
- and to conduct research and develop educational activities related to golf instruction.
Learn more about the LPGA Foundation here.
The First Tee
The First Tee is a youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. Through after-school and in-school programs, we help shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf. And it’s making a difference.
The Program is based on Nine Core Values which represent some of the many inherently positive values connected with the game of golf.
Click here to find out more about The First Tee and to see how young people and parents benefit from these 9 values and are encouraged to reinforce these behaviors at home.
GOLF 20/20’s mission is to unite and activate the golf industry around key strategic initiatives that increase participation and retention of participants, inspire involvement and interest in the game, and promote sustainable best practices for golf facilities.
Launched in early 2000, GOLF 20/20 is a unique collaboration designed to galvanize the industry around strategic initiatives and grass-roots activation to ensure the future vitality of the game of golf. The fundamental principle behind GOLF 20/20 is that golf benefits society and that accelerating the growth of the game and expanding its accessibility will improve the quality of life for those who are introduced to its positive values.
GOLF 20/20’s strategic direction from 2015 to 2017 includes the following:
- To facilitate the integration of industry efforts to grow participation in the sport.
- To foster awareness and collaboration to assure a viable future for golf facilities.
- To transform the perception of golf to a sport that is welcoming to all.
More information on Golf 20/20 can be found here.
MyGolf is Australia’s national junior introductory program to develop and promote participation in golf. A 10 week introductory program to the sport, the MyGolf program is designed for 5 to 12 year olds and is the major driver of junior golf participation in Australia.
Through the MyGolf program, they aim to increase participation and engagement in golf by children, and provide a fun, accessible and satisfying introduction to the sport of golf by promoting skills development, as well as the social and fun aspects of the sport, to the wider community.
More information on MyGolf can be found here.
The aim of ClubGolf is to create a development pathway from entry level through to the highest levels of achievement, enabling increased access to golf, higher participation levels, improved standards of performance, and sustained growth in the future. Part of Scotland’s successful Ryder Cup bid, ClubGolf was born out of the Scottish Government’s pledge to introduce every child in Scotland to golf by age nine. Since its launch in 2003, ClubGolf has seen over 140,000 children introduced to golf at school. Over 15% of those children then transition through to stage one coaching at one of 303 ClubGolf delivery centres across Scotland. During 2014, the Boards of Scottish Golf Union (SGU), Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association (SLGA), ClubGolf (Scotland) Ltd (CSL) and Scottish Golf Environment Group (SGEG) have engaged in a process of strategic review. The outcome of this work has been the production of a draft strategy for a 4-year period from 2014 to 2018 which can be found here.
Get into Golf
Get into golf is a national campaign to inspire people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to take up the game. Run by England Golf and supported by Sport England National Lottery Funding, it is delivered locally by golf clubs and PGA professionals.
Through its network of 33 County Golf Partnerships England Golf works with golf clubs and PGA professional to offers taster sessions, beginner courses along with follow-on activities and memberships.
Get into golf offers many ways to learn and to improve – find out more here.
Golf Foundation – Grass Roots Golf
The Golf Foundation is a charity committed to helping young people enjoy the benefits of golf.
The Golf Foundation has refined its purpose to ensure that it meets both its charitable objectives as well as its responsibility to help grow the sport of golf in clubs. These are encapsulated under two strategic aims:
- Providing any young person, regardless of background or ability, with the opportunity to enjoy golf and the benefits it has to offer.
- Helping any young person to ‘Start, Learn and Stay’ in golf, providing a player pathway into golf clubs.
The Golf Foundation delivers its operational activity through a single programme – HSBC Golf Roots – and aims to achieve its mission by supporting school, community and club projects.
Under the player pathway into clubs, ‘Start, Learn and Stay,’ the Golf Foundation has set the following ambitions, to be achieved annually by March 2018:
- START- to introduce 500,000 children to golf
- LEARN – to move 50,000 through the gates of a golf club and 25,000 into regular coaching
- STAY – to help generate 10,000 new regular junior members
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