Build­ing a foun­da­tion for UAE golf devel­op­ment

EGF and Golf DXB launch new squad for Emi­rati young­sters

7 Days in Dubai - - SPORT -

UAE Na­tional team head coach Greg Holmes be­lieves the launch of a new Foun­da­tion Squad will have a ma­jor long-term ef­fect on the devel­op­ment of golfers across the emi­rates.

Last year, the Emi­rates Golf Fed­er­a­tion (EGF) and Golf DXB cre­ated a part­ner­ship with the aim to in­tro­duce the game to UAE na­tion­als. The in­cen­tive saw ap­prox­i­mately 3,000 UAE na­tional chil­dren take part in school taster ses­sions then take classes at The Track, Mey­dan Golf.

The suc­cess of the in­tro­duc­tory classes has now led the EGF and Golf DXB to launch the EGF Na­tional Ju­nior Devel­op­ment Pro­gramme (NJDP) Foun­da­tion Squad.

The group of 15 chil­dren will now re­ceive tech­ni­cal in­struc­tion, golf spe­cific fit­ness as well as on-course play­ing lessons on a weekly ba­sis.

“The in­tro­duc­tion of the Foun­da­tion Squad is an­other pos­i­tive step taken by the EGF,” said Holmes. “With the help of Golf DXB we are reach­ing goals and see­ing the in­ter­est of golf grow­ing amongst UAE na­tion­als.

“This Foun­da­tion Squad is a great way to award the chil­dren who are ded­i­cated and this will add to the process of de­vel­op­ing a strong na­tional team.”

Golf DXB’s PGA pro­fes­sional Aaron Wil­liams will lead the group and will work closely with UAE Na­tional Team coaches David Con­don and Holmes to mon­i­tor the progress of the young­sters as they progress through the EGF devel­op­ment pro­grams.

Wil­liams said: “It has been very re­ward­ing to see a group of be­gin­ners de­velop so quickly and re­ally get hooked onto the game.

“From here we will look to in­tro­duce the play­ers to the full golf course, get­ting com­pe­tent at Par 3 length and then look to move to mod­i­fied tees.

“Tu­ition wise, we will be keep­ing a close eye on set up fun­da­men­tals whilst grad­u­ally in­tro­duc­ing work on swing me­chan­ics and golf spe­cific fit­ness that are suited to the in­di­vid­u­als within the group.”

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