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Scottish Golf launches a national junior framework to support the future

By David Porter

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The Scottish Golf National Junior Framework which has been launched this week is a one-stop-shop that will enable affiliated clubs to plan, fund, manage and grow a junior section all in one place.

North-east clubs are being encouraged to sign up to help foster the next generation of players.
North-east clubs are being encouraged to sign up to help foster the next generation of players.

Chief Operating Officer at Scottish Golf, Karin Sharp commented, “The National Junior Framework is the result of over a year’s planning and development with our valued partners in the junior golf sector.

"The dedicated website demonstrates our commitment to junior golf and the future of the game in Scotland.

"It has everything that junior organisers, whether professionals or member volunteers, need to run a successful junior golf program and will be a key benefit of what the Scottish Golf offers our affiliated golf clubs for the future.

The National Junior Framework is made up of the six pillars and caters to all clubs, no matter their location or size.

1. Learn to golf: A dedicated suite of online tools that make planning and preparation for coaching sessions both inspiring and less time consuming.

2. Golf in schools: Supporting a club’s school engagement with coaching plans and access to financial support for lessons, transport and equipment.

3. Events and competitions: Create and manage a range of events from Skills Challenges, Junior GolfSixes and Flag Challenges. Junior organisers can also upload scores, track progress and access competition packs to use at the club.

4. Funding and support: Range of funding options including the Club Hire Fund to purchase equipment to hire out and Roving Pro to deliver coaching from a PGA Pro.

5. Safe golf: The SafeGolf Portal and Self-Assessment Tool to ensure that club’s meet their safeguarding responsibilities.

6. Education and training: Access to Scottish Golf training and education programmes to deliver a successful junior programme, plus connect with other Junior Organisers through our Hive online learning platform.

It is an in-depth and flexible programme as participation manager Gavin Forrester reveals: “The National Junior Framework has been very well received by the clubs that we have been trailing it with.

"We believe that we provide everything a club or junior organiser needs to create a successful junior programme from scratch, even if they have not run one before.

"There are a lot of powerful tools available and over 280 clubs joined our Zoom Webinar which is now online and took junior organisers through the Framework and answered any questions they had.”

The comprehensive Framework, available at www.ScottishJuniorGolf.org, supports clubs who want to increase their junior membership and is based on consultation with a wide range of people who work on the frontline of junior golf, including junior organisers, PGA professionals, volunteer coaches, the Paul Lawrie Foundation, Stephen Gallacher Foundation, PGA, Junior Golf Scotland, Children’s Golf Trust, R&A and the Golf Foundation.

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