Scottish Golf and The PGA are delighted to launch the new ‘Activator’ training programme that aims to help introduce more people into golf.
The Activator programme will provide individuals with the necessary training to help them to support their PGA Professional in the delivery of quality experiences for participants. Training days will be co-delivered by Scottish Golf and The PGA.
PGA Professionals do a fantastic job in supporting beginner and existing golfers to participate in the game through coaching – by deploying an Activator to help them they can now reach even more people.
Scottish Golf Chief Operating Officer Karin Sharp said: “We are delighted to launch the Activator programme in partnership with The PGA, this will be a fantastic opportunity to grow the workforce supporting the delivery of grass roots golf programmes.”
PGA Chief Executive Robert Maxfield commented: “PGA Professionals do an incredible job in helping hundreds and thousands of people to access the game through coaching. We want to help our members by providing them with a way to reach even more people. The Activator programme does just that”.
The Activator is not a coach, and no coaching training is provided within the scheme, instead what the Activator can do is act as an ‘extra pair of hands’ within coaching sessions. Tasks they might undertake include setting up the coaching environment and area, welcoming people to the facility, taking a register, supervising and delivering non-technical games and activities, communicating with participants, posting on social media, and dealing with follow-on communications with participants.
Ultimately, it is the hope of Scottish Golf and The PGA that, with the support of trained Activators, PGA Professionals will be able to help more people to participate and enjoy the game of golf for life.
The scheme enjoys the strong support of The R&A, which recognises the importance of growing the sport and having a trained work force to support PGA Professionals through targeted initiatives. The R&A has provided funding over a three-year period towards the Activator programme in Scotland, and similar programmes in the other Home Nations.
To find out more about the Activator programme, nominate an Activator and for course dates, click here.