Following our series of 16 Regional Junior Forums earlier this year where we gathered insights from nearly 200 clubs, we thought it timely to provide you with an update on progress with the National Junior Framework, which we are aiming to launch in Spring 2020.
In addition to feedback from clubs, we’ve been working with our Young Person’s Panel, PGA Professionals, Volunteer Coaches and Junior Organisers to develop the Six Pillars of the Framework with an extensive range of programmes, resources and funding opportunities to support and help grow your junior activities. The following update provides an overview of what you can expect to see, supported by some new and exciting partnerships!
Developed in partnership with the PGA, the new ‘Learn to Golf’ pathway will provide clubs with a 5-Level programme to support the development of their juniors from beginners to obtaining their first handicap, with a focus on fun, learning, skills and on-course play. An innovative digital platform will be available for coaches to access more than 150 different activity options, build session plans, track progress of their juniors and communicate with parents. Clubs will also have access to a selection of rewards to hand out to juniors as they progress through each level.
Junior Skills Challenge: An exciting new activity to be delivered in clubs using an interactive online platform, the Challenge will focus on developing the key skills of putting, chipping and driving. It will feature a National Leaderboard which will allow you to upload scores from your participants, where they can check their performance by age group and gender. Those taking part will also have the opportunity to win a place in the National Finals, taking place at two of Scotland’s biggest golf events next summer.
Scottish Junior Flag Championship: Another fantastic new event staged in partnership with the Stephen Gallacher Foundation, The Paul Lawrie Foundation and The Junior Flag Challenge, this will provide clubs with the resources to deliver their own Flag Events and send their best performers through to a Regional event to compete as a team. This is targeted at beginner level juniors (under-12s with no handicap) and provides opportunities to progress from coaching into competitive golf.
Junior GolfSixes: Following its success this year, we are expanding the number of Regional Leagues in 2020 and now have more than 150 clubs signed up to take part. This event offers a fun, inter-club team competition which supports the transition from coaching into on-course play with a scramble format over six holes and simple modified scoring system.
SafeGolf is a partnership of UK golf bodies committed to promoting a safe and positive environment for all those participating, working and volunteering in the sport. A vitally important area of our work, Scottish Golf will be launching an online accreditation portal that will enable clubs to work through a self-assessment tool, offering clarity and guidance for adopting best practice in relation to safeguarding. Once achieved, SafeGolf accreditation can be shared with parents, schools and other key partners in the local community. This Pillar will support our commitment to being the leading sports governing body in Scotland for safeguarding.
Roving Pro Fund: This fund will provide support to clubs that do not have access to a resident PGA Professional but wish to engage with one to deliver a quality coaching programme. Many clubs have benefited from this previously, but the finance model has been improved and revised to make it more sustainable for those clubs using it. There will also be a Rural Travel Fund to support clubs in more remote areas with travel and accommodation costs for their roving pro.
Junior Equipment Fund: The cost of equipment is often cited as a barrier to taking up golf and so we’re creating a new Fund which will support clubs with the purchasing of new equipment for beginners. These sets of clubs can then be rented out to new players at a fraction of the cost of buying themselves, with the rental income used for re-investing in more equipment in the future.
Case Studies: We’ve been working with a number of clubs who have a successful track record in growing their junior membership and their work will be brought to life through a series of videos showing how this has been done. The case studies will feature a wide variety of innovative approaches to assist other clubs with their junior development strategies.
The new Framework will provide extensive training and education to support to those involved in delivering junior programmes, including a new online learning platform to make it easier and more accessible. Working with other partners, we will cover key themes for PGA professionals, junior convenors and other volunteers, including:
1) Coach Education
2) Junior Membership Retention
3) Safeguarding (with costs covered by Scottish Golf)
4) Junior Organiser
5) Golf in Schools
We will be working with key partners and Local Authorities to support your Club to link up with local schools, offering funding opportunities and resources including:
HSBS Golf Roots: Working in partnership with the Golf Foundation, clubs will be able to apply for up to £1,000 to support club to school links. Following feedback at the junior forums, this funding will support areas such as PGA pro costs, transport, marketing materials and junior equipment.
School & Community Resources:We will provide a set of resources to support clubs with extracurricular and curricular delivery of golf in schools, as well as cross-curricular project work that uses golf as a vehicle to provide wider learning opportunities for pupils.
We have been working hard behind the scenes on all aspects of the National Junior Framework and are really excited about the range of new initiatives and opportunities that will be available to support your club with junior golf. It is very much a partnership-based club-centric approach, focused on fun, learning and competitions, while offering clubs the flexibility to select the support that’s right for you.