PGAs of EuropeCPD – PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com Home of the PGAE Mon, 13 Nov 2017 21:49:28 +0000 en-gb hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 U.S. Kids Golf Certified Coaches Seminar: 09 November – Hamburg, Germany http://www.pgae.com/news/u-s-kids-golf-certified-coaches-seminar-09-november-hamburg-germany/ Fri, 27 Oct 2017 17:01:49 +0000 U.S. Kids Golf http://www.pgae.com/?p=20330 Register now for the latest U.S. Kids Golf Certified Coaches Seminar on 09 November in Hamburg, Germany...]]>

Registration Opens – Sep 19, 2017

Registration Closes – Nov 09, 2017

Price – $119.00

Participating in a U.S. Kids Golf Certified Coach Seminar enhances the coach’s knowledge of all aspects of youth golf that can be utilized to enhance his/her current program or provide the basis for establishing new offerings. Areas of focus during the seminar include:

Perfect Swings Begin with the Perfect Fit:

The importance of properly-fitted clubs to maximize success for both young golfers and their coaches. Proprietary research on swing speed development for junior golfers.

Scaling the Game:

Research regarding proper length of course setup for players based on their driver carry distance will be provided so that coaches will become experts in golf course setup and yardages. Tailoring the course for young golfers will result in lower scores, encouraging more rounds and increasing retention.

Enhancing Current Junior Programs:

Tools, resources, best practices and bringing “fun” to their junior programs through a games-based curriculum. The seminars will feature an outdoor session that will demonstrate game-based learning with games from the U.S. Kids Golf Book of Games.

Other topics presented in more detail include:

  • Analysis of golf participation and programs vs. other youth sports.
  • “Scaling” of the following elements for youth: Equipment, The Golf Course, Competition and Instruction.
  • Parental involvement and introduction to the “Positive Coaching Alliance”.
  • High-quality instruction focusing on fun and achievement while teaching fundamentals.
  • Introduction to golf-specific games to serve as a key component in instruction.

Completing the Certified Coach process

Certified Coach Frequently Asked Questions

LOCATION – Gut Kaden Golf and Land Club GmbH, Kadener Straße 9 , D-25486 Alveslohe

DATE AND TIME – Thursday, 9 November | 8:15-16:30

HOTEL INFORMATION –  A limited number of rooms are available at Gut Kaden.  Reservations can be made at Gut Kaden.

Click Here to Find Out More About the Seminar – http://eur.pe/2idJSKu

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U.S. Kids Golf Certified Coaches Seminar: 09 November – Hamburg, Germany
PGA of Holland 2017 CPD Schedule – Open to All PGA Members http://www.pgae.com/news/pga-of-holland-2017-cpd-schedule-open-to-all-pga-members/ Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:16:34 +0000 PGA of Holland http://www.pgae.com/?p=18704 Various events from the PGA of Holland's extensive 2017 CPD schedule are open to all PGA Professionals from across the PGAs of Europe's Member Countries...]]>

Various events from the PGA of Holland’s extensive 2017 CPD schedule are open to all PGA Member Professionals from across the PGAs of Europe’s Member Country PGAs.

Details can be found below and by clicking the links to enquire/find out more.

DATE TITLE PRICE HOURS LOCATION
22 May Force Plate €180 8 The Dutch, Netherlands
18 Jul Decade Course Management Systems Seminar, Scott Fawcett €250 ex VAT 6 The International, Netherlands
31 Jul Jo Mayo/Jeff Smith/Sasho Mackenzie €300 De Goyer, Netherlands
12-14 Sept Instinctive Golf Coaching European Summit €600 24 TBC
09-10 Oct Bioswing Dynamics Level 1 €500 16 The Dutch, Netherlands
11 Oct Bioswing Dynamics Level 2 €250 8 The Dutch, Netherlands

18 July – Decade Course Management Systems Seminar, Scott Fawcett

31 July – Jo Mayo/Jeff Smith/Sasho Mackenzie

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PGA of Holland 2017 CPD Schedule – Open to All PGA Members
Community of Practice Summit (COPS) 2017 – CPD http://www.pgae.com/ask/community-of-practice-summit-cops-2017-cpd/ Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:28:44 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=18140 PGA Professionals are invited to attend the 2017 Community of Practice Summit at North Hants Golf Club in the UK.]]>

PGA Professionals are invited to attend the 2017 Community of Practice Summit at North Hants Golf Club in the UK.

The sessions will be facilitated by PGA of GB&I Fellow Professional, Kevin Flynn and features a range of diverse speakers:

  • David Todhunter – 4D Motion Sports
  • Scott Fawcett – Playing Lesson
  • Terry Hashimoto – BODiTrak Sports
  • Graeme McDowall – Constraints Led Practice
  • Adrian Rietveld & Mark Thistleton – Club Fitting
  • Nigel Tilley – European Tour Physiotherapist

Date: 2 & 3 March 2017
Venue: North Hants Golf Club, UK
Cost: £195

For more information contact Kevin Flynn @ kevin1flynn@hotmail.com

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PGA of Sweden Teaching & Coaching Summit – The Leading Edge http://www.pgae.com/news/pga-of-sweden-teaching-coaching-summit-the-leading-edge/ Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:40:31 +0000 PGA of Sweden http://www.pgae.com/?p=17629 The PGA of Sweden invite all PGA Professional Members to their PGA Summit from 8-10 March at Hotel Tylösand in Halmstad, Sweden...]]>

Halmstad, 8-10 March 2017

The PGA of Sweden invite all PGA Professional Members to their PGA Summit from 8-10 March at Hotel Tylösand in Halmstad, Sweden.

The theme for the day is “The Leading Edge” and refers partly to the blade, technology and leadership. You will be able to meet a number of interesting speakers who will share their knowledge in a variety of areas that you find useful in your professional role.

Speakers include:

  • Cameron McCormick
  • Anna Wilson
  • Christer Olsson
  • Maria Möller
  • Anna Iwarsson
  • Viktor Gustavsson

The course fee for the PGA’s Summit 2150SEK +VAT and includes lunch on Wednesday – Friday and Annual Meeting Dinner.

The price is valid until February 8. Thereafter, the fee is 2500SEK +VAT. The PGA Summit is open only for PGA members and specially invited guests.

Click here to find out more and register your place: http://eur.pe/2h7cLtW

PROGRAM

WEDNESDAY

09:00 Coffee is served
10:00 to 10:15 Event Opening

Introduction: SGF, GAF and PGA

10:15 to 12:00 Courage to lead both themselves and others (Joint session with GAF)

Anna Iwarsson

12:00 to 13:30 Lunch
13:30 to 15:00 Journey to High Performance Ignition to Achievement

Cameron McCormick

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pause
15.30.17.30 From knowing to doing

Christer Olsson

Thursday

09:00 to 10:00 Communicative Leadership

Anna Wilson

10:00 to 10:30 Pause
10:30 to 12:00 Continued… Communicative Leadership

Anna Wilson

12:00 to 13:30 Lunch
13:30 to 15:00 Lifestyle and fitness trends

Anna Iwarsson

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pause
15:30 to 16:30 Thesis presentations
18:30 PGA Annual Meeting
19:45 Annual Meeting Dinner

Friday

09:00 to 10:00 Golf facilities as an attractive workplace

Maria Möller

10:00 to 10:30 Pause
10:30 to 12:00 Training to High Performance

Cameron McCormick

12:00 to 13:30 Lunch
13:30 to 15:00 Player Development, an exciting journey

Viktor Gustavsson

15:00 Termination year Summit

Claes Björklund and Johan Hampf

Click here to find out more and register your place: http://eur.pe/2h7cLtW

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Danish Teaching & Coaching Conference 2017 http://www.pgae.com/news/danish-teaching-coaching-conference-2017/ Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:48:31 +0000 PGA of Denmark http://www.pgae.com/?p=17430 The PGA of Denmark invite all PGA Professionals from PGAs of Europe Member Countries to the 2017 Danish Teaching & Coaching Conference...]]>

The PGA of Denmark invite all PGA Professionals from PGAs of Europe Member Countries to the 2017 Danish Teaching & Coaching Conference from 28th February – 1st March 2017, as well as to two extra days: 2nd March – 3rd March 2017.

The Teaching & Coaching Conference takes place at Hotel Scandic Sydhavnen in Copenhagen, Denmark and will see Mike Adams, Scott Fawcett and Scott Lynn present in various seminars across the conference days.

Several suppliers will also attend at the seminars, giving attendees the opportunity to speak to representatives from Smart to Move, My Swing, Flightscope and Trackman.

PGA Professionals can find out more about the schedule and speakers by downloading the ‘Danish Teaching & Coaching Conference 2017’ PDF, with registrations being made directly with the PGA of Denmark’s Steffen Jacobsen (steffen@pga.dk). Registrations close Sunday 15th January 2017.

Click here to download ‘Danish Teaching & Coaching Conference 2017’ PDF (1.3MB)

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Tuesday 28th February

Scott Fawcett: Course Management – What is the Decade System?
The DECADE Course Management System, created by Scott Fawcett, has solved golf strategy by combining shot distribution patterns and PGA Tour scoring statistics. When Scott combined those two data sets he created a simple way to optimize target selection. Good players know if a pin is closely guarded by a lake to favor the center of the green – but how much? DECADE quickly generates the optimal target that will produce the lowest score based on distance, hazards, and hole location.

Wednesday 1st March

Mike Adams: Through a series of screens we are able to determine: 01. The student ́s dominant power source. With this information gathered from the screens the instructors are able to develop a Blueprint or road map for each students optimal swing.

ADDITIONAL DAYS

MIKE ADAMS & SCOTT LYNN – BIOSWING MECHANICS LEVEL 2 – UNDERSTANDING AND APPLYING

Tuesday 2nd March

Mike Adams & Scott Lynn: Dr Scott Lynn, Biomechanist, will go into more depth abut Biomechanics. Mike Adams and Scott Lynn discuss how to test each student, to determine whether they are a Glidder, Spinner or Launcher. Understanding the differences and how to determine who will benefit from each power source. We will teach the instructors how to use force plates to determine the optimal lower body movements for each student.

Each instructor will learn how to increase the students club head and ball speed, change the the students angle of attack, path, plane and club face. Understanding the numbers on Trackman(Flight Scope) to determine which numbers match which swing type.

Friday 3rd March

Mike Adams & Scott Lynn: Practical application using the screens and drills to make the students better. On the range with Trackman, Flight Scope, MySwing, Swing Catalyst 3D plates and S2M teaching the teachers how to use these tools to improve their students.
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‘What’s in Your Coaching Toolbox?’ – CPD Course http://www.pgae.com/ask/whats-in-your-coaching-toolbox-cpd-course/ Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:19:29 +0000 Dr. Brian Hemmings http://www.pgae.com/?p=16146 Join Dr Brian Hemmings and guests as they share their unique experiences in working with professional and amateur golfers of all abilities...]]>

‘A Golf Psychology Masterclass by Golf Coaches for Golf Coaches’

Dr. Brian Hemmings with England National Coaches:

Graham Walker, David Ridley AFPGA, Paul Ashwell FPGA, Luke Whiting

Wednesday 16th November 2016

Northampton Golf Club

The speakers see this masterclass as an opportunity to share their unique experiences in working with professional, international amateur, county players and golfers of all abilities over many years.

You should attend if you….

  • Want to take part in a unique one-day training opportunity with leading coaches who have worked with leading professionals, England squads, and golfers of all levels for over three decades
  • Are a PGA Professional and want to increase your mental coaching skills and impact with players
  • Are a practitioner/coach working with golfers to develop their mental skills
  • Are a sport psychologist and want to learn about coaches application of psychology in learning and performance

What you will gain from the Masterclass….

  • Innovative techniques that have been used for player and coach development
  • Skills and strategies to build players’ confidence
  • A chance to see mindfulness techniques applied to golf
  • Structuring practice for maximum engagement
  • Creating a coaching environment that challenges and excites players
  • A certificate of attendance.
  • PGA Professionals will be credited with 25 CPD points by The PGA of GB&I for successful completion/participation of this course.

Fee: £95.00. Fee includes lunch and refreshments. *A reduced fee is available for PGA Assistants. *Please email for group booking rates (3 or more)

**Early Booking Fee**: £85.00. The full amount must be paid by 31st August. Fee includes lunch and refreshments.

Booking Forms & Payment Methods: A booking form with a range of payment options, and extensive venue details can be found at www.golfmind.co.uk/masterclasses-in-sport-and-golf-psychology

Call now to discuss your Masterclass place on 07908 677660 or e-mail brian@golfmind.co.uk.

Download Masterclass PDF (0.3MB)

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‘What’s in Your Coaching Toolbox?’ – CPD Course
Inaugural A.S.K. Workshops Raises Bar for CPD Events http://www.pgae.com/ask/inaugural-a-s-k-workshops-raises-bar-for-cpd-events/ Wed, 03 Aug 2016 09:24:22 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=16118 The PGAs of Europe’s A.S.K. Workshops event received tremendous praise for its 'ahead of the curve' approach to CPD...]]>

The PGAs of Europe’s A.S.K. Workshops event has raised the bar for modern-day CPD sessions and received tremendous praise from both speakers and attending PGA Professional delegates, after the inaugural event took place in Hungary.

13 speakers each had 20 minutes to deliver their short, sharp and concise points around a variety of subject matter from specific areas of coaching and performance, such as a blueprint for how PGA Professionals can prepare games and environments for youth golfers, to how golf can be used to cure some of the world’s educational, economical, social & environmental issues.

“It was a great idea to have speakers presenting for 20 minutes,” said PGA of Hungary General Secretary, Áron Makszin.  “I think I can remember most things as it was not one speaker going for an hour where you might lose your attention.  You then have your focus tuned up for the next speaker so I thought it was a good idea.”

“I thought it might be a bit hectic but it was very good and very interesting,” said Wojciech Wasniewski (PGA of Poland).  “There was lots of mingling going on in the coffee breaks and I’m really glad I came along.”

Presenter, Sarah Claridge (PGA of Great Britain & Ireland), said: “My 20 minutes was around tapping into on-course emotions…but it was a nightmare for me!  I do three-and-a-half hour workshops and one day programmes so to do something in 20 minutes was a good experience and I learnt from it.”

“With 20 minutes then I think you can listen to things better – you remember more of it if it’s 20 minutes instead of an hour or two…it’s nicely compact,” added Ryan Gould (PGA of Austria).

“I think you can take something from everybody,” said Damian MacPherson (PGA of Hungary).  “There’s a lot of things that we’re all doing that are reinforced…now I need to sit down and go through everything I’ve learnt…I think everyone will take away something from the event and become better coaches, better players, whatever they want to do.”

“It was tough!” said speaker, Mark Taylor (PGA of Great Britain & Ireland).  “Having presented in various areas, 20 minutes was tough to condense content into.  I think for a delegate sitting and listening then it’s a great way to go. The ‘TED Talk’s idea, getting so much more into a day and it’s a real learning experience and a great way of doing it in the future.”

Attending delegates also had the opportunity to discuss the speakers’ ideas and thoughts during various networking breaks, and also gain access to video of all 13 full presentations to review the sessions and materials as much as they wish to.

‘A.S.K.’, standing for ‘Attributes.Skills.Knowledge.’, is the PGAs of Europe’s initiative to help share useful, relevant and interesting content to its Member Country PGAs and their individual PGA Professionals members through various written, video, live and audio media.

The ‘A.S.K. Workshops’ are the first live element within the initiative giving all PGA Professionals a platform to share experiences, ideas and stories in front of a live audience.

If individuals are interested in the opportunity to find out more about the event’s sessions, or make the most of their 20 minutes at future A.S.K. Workshops by presenting, then please get in contact at aw@pgae.com.

To Find Our More Visit http://eur.pe/ASKWorkshops-Hungary

For more information about the 2016 A.S.K. Workshops visit http://eur.pe/ASKWorkshops-Hungary, follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search #ASKWorkshops, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

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Will I Be Better?: David Kearney – A.S.K. Workshops http://www.pgae.com/news/will-i-be-better-david-kearney-a-s-k-workshops/ Fri, 22 Jul 2016 13:35:39 +0000 David Kearney http://www.pgae.com/?p=16106 David Kearney reveals an extra tip in helping develop the players of tomorrow from his A.S.K. Workshops presentation...]]>

When I was a kid we used to watch ‘Top of The Pops’ every Thursday evening, 7:30pm…never missed it! Too of the Pops would count down the top songs on the music charts of that particular week and the excitement was palpable as we waited to see who was Number 1! No social media or internet back then. Just a good old week long wait to see if your favourite track had hit the top spot.

A lot has changed since those days but some things have remained the same.

In my presentation in Hungary, I will kick-start the day with my Top 5 (In honour of TOTP!) tips to do our bit, as coaches and administrators, in helping the players of tomorrow develop. My top 5, in keeping with the modern Holistic approach we have to our game, include Psychological, Physiological and technical nuggets.

To whet the appetite, I will give you number 6, didn’t make it into the top 5, but important none the less.

Communicate with young players’ parents:

When beginning the journey with these kids, it is almost as important to keep the parents as up to speed as the kids on what you are doing and the reasons and rationale behind your interventions. It is an investment that can be taxing and time consuming but definitely worth investing in. Parents like to know what the plan is and what their kids are up to.

Studies show that Parents of performing players reduce their involvement as time goes on, so the key here is to invest early when it is appropriate and effective.

See you all in Hungary!

For more information and to register visit http://eur.pe/ASKWorkshops-Hungary

For more information about the 2016 A.S.K. Workshops visit http://eur.pe/ASKWorkshops-Hungary, follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search #ASKWorkshops, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

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Will I Be Better?: David Kearney – A.S.K. Workshops
The Importance of Play: Stéphane Bachoz – A.S.K. Workshops http://www.pgae.com/news/the-importance-of-play-stephane-bachoz-a-s-k-workshops/ Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:07:14 +0000 Stéphane Bachoz http://www.pgae.com/?p=16102 Could golf be a solution for modern day educational, economical, social & environmental problems? Stéphane Bachoz and Golf Educatif definitely think so...]]>

At a time where problems are well identified, Education, Economy, Social, Environnement etc… I have been doing my best since 1995 to help create a better Future and give alternative solutions for our coming new generations.

To create happy and well-educated Citizen Golfers is my dedication.

I was very lucky to meet Bill Owens in 1993 and decided to work with him since 1995.

Bill is Golf Professional Member of PGA of Great Britain & Ireland since 1976 who moved to France in 1991. Shortly afterwards he created a very unique approach based on sensations, balance and co-ordination that allows everyone to find their inner natural swing and therefore enables them to play golf very quickly.

A lot has happened since 1997 when we first created the “Association pour le Golf Educatif”.

Since then, Golf has become THE Educational and Environment Tool for tomorrow !

In fact, it’s one of the best ways to teach moral and civic education (like all sports you might say!) although it is not only a sport but also a GAME, filled with values and virtues. This is what makes it accessible to everyone and not just to sportsmen. As a matter of fact, golf is probably “the” game for all sportsmen !

I believe it therefore essential to put the GAME back into our daily lives.

PLAYING helps to reconsolidate the rules, to stop fighting, and to recreate a social bond between different kinds of people.

Redefining the fundamental principles (for oneself and for the game) thanks to a personal instruction guide will inevitably boost behaviour as a group.

The project is called “Educational Golf” but it’s no longer a project!  As part of their school syllabus, hundreds of kids from 18 different French towns, now PLAY at auto-educating themselves each week and are proud of their actions, replanting trees on waste and uncultivated land. Some have even found employment in this new environment.

I’m sure that you’ll look at our game differently afterwards, which I hope you’ll go on to share the idea with as many people as possible.

Ready to PLAY ?

How about Golf…? (Why not Golf…?)

Pre-Reading:

For more information and to register visit http://eur.pe/ASKWorkshops-Hungary

For more information about the 2016 A.S.K. Workshops visit http://eur.pe/ASKWorkshops-Hungary, follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search #ASKWorkshops, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

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The Importance of  Play: Stéphane Bachoz – A.S.K. Workshops
Finding Out About Your Members: Mark Taylor – A.S.K. Workshops http://www.pgae.com/news/finding-out-about-your-members-mark-taylor-a-s-k-workshops/ Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:03:40 +0000 Mark Taylor http://www.pgae.com/?p=16097 Conducting a member survey in your facility is an easy way to get to know your customers and communicate with them effectively...]]>

It is simple and cost effective to conduct your own market research almost without your members realising it. A member survey once a year should be at the top of your agenda in getting to know your customer base. It’s relatively easy to administer as you have a captive market and should be able to communicate with them on a regular basis.

The key to any survey is to understand what it is you are trying to find out. It may be about a specific area where you are having problems such as the catering or encouraging use of the bar, it may be a general survey about their membership, a new member survey after 3 months or perhaps an exit survey.

Surveys only work if they are conducted regularly and the members receive feedback – on both the results and the next steps i.e. what you plan to do. You may also want to consider incentivising your surveys which always improves response rates.

Full details on member surveys can be found here.

As well as a more formal survey, there should be plenty of opportunity to talk to members and get a general idea of how they regard the club. Your staff and committee members can be very useful here as they will be regularly playing with or talking to the membership. Beware of people feeding back what they want you to hear. This is often not deliberate but if it is a subject they themselves feel strongly about they may not really be an independent observer.

Once you have gathered and analysed the information you have about your members then you can begin sorting them into distinct groups. These may be governed by factors such as age, frequency of visits, time they play, use of the bar or restaurant but however you choose to categorise them you will have a clear profile of your key customer segments.

Profiling members and visitors in this way means that you will now be able to talk to them much more effectively.

For more information visit http://eur.pe/ASKWorkshops-Hungary

For more information about the 2016 A.S.K. Workshops visit http://eur.pe/ASKWorkshops-Hungary, follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search #ASKWorkshops, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

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Finding Out About Your Members: Mark Taylor – A.S.K. Workshops
‘12 Speakers, 20 Minutes Each’ – 2016 A.S.K Workshops Ready to Kick off in Hungary http://www.pgae.com/news/12-speakers-20-minutes-each-2016-a-s-k-workshops-ready-to-kick-off-in-hungary/ Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:11:41 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=16065 The PGAs of Europe’s innovative new education activity will take place in Hungary on 26th July...]]>

The PGAs of Europe’s innovative new education activity will take place in Hungary on 26th July bringing together 12 speakers for a day of short, sharp presentations about a variety of topics relating to junior golf and ‘developing the players of tomorrow’.

The event will take place on 26th July this year in Budapest, Hungary, and is open to any PGA Professionals to join.  Registration is €99 and includes access to the full day of presentations, Q&A sessions, networking with the speakers, along with coffee breaks and buffet lunch during the day.

The day will begin with presentations from David Kearney (PGA of GB&I), Jim van Heuven van Staereling (PGA of Holland), and Steven Orr, who recently became the PGA of GB&I’s youngest ever Master Professional.

Sarah Claridge (PGA of GB&I) will draw on her expertise with the mental game looking at on-course emotions, whilst Ian Peek (PGA of Germany and GB&I), will be looking at ‘Barriers and Coping Resources’, and is followed by the inclusive golf specialist, Craig Thomas (PGA of GB&I).

European Senior Tour player and commentator, Paul Eales (PGA of GB&I), will look at how players can practice more effectively, with England Golf’s Mark Taylor (PGA of GB&I) explaining how Professionals can support facilities with membership and recruitment.

Junior specialist, Jesus Rodriguez (PGA of Spain), will look at various games and environments for youth golf, along with the PGAs of Europe’s own Director of Education & Membership, Tony Bennett (PGA of GB&I), looking at the work of the Association in golf development, and SNAG Golf’s Dan Killen will join speakers looking at their approach to junior golf development.

Finishing off the day, the PGA of France’s Stéphane Bachoz will give delegates a look behind the scenes at the successful ‘Golf Educatif’ project and the importance of play in junior golf, while PGAs of Europe Education Committee Chairman, Jonathan Mannie (PGA of Austria), will explain how he has worked with aspiring elite golfers.

The first ‘A.S.K. Workshops’ event, titled ‘Developing the Players of Tomorrow’, will see each of the 12 speakers present for exactly 20 minutes to share a story, present an idea, and pass on their thoughts about junior coaching and development in golf.

‘A.S.K.’, standing for ‘Attributes.Skills.Knowledge.’, is the PGAs of Europe’s initiative to help share useful, relevant and interesting content to its Member Country PGAs and their individual PGA Professionals members through various written, video, live and audio media.

The ‘A.S.K. Workshops’ are the first live element within the initiative and will give PGA Professionals a platform to share their experiences, ideas and thoughts on junior golf in front of an audience who will be able to listen to, and interact with, the speakers.

View the Full Schedule & Register at http://eur.pe/ASKWorkshops-Hungary

For more information about the 2016 A.S.K. Workshops visit http://eur.pe/ASKWorkshops-Hungary, follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search #ASKWorkshops, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

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‘12 Speakers, 20 Minutes Each’ – 2016 A.S.K Workshops Ready to Kick off in Hungary
“Committed to the Advancement of Golf…” Tony Bennett – A.S.K. Workshops http://www.pgae.com/news/committed-to-the-advancement-of-golf-tony-bennett-a-s-k-workshops/ Sun, 03 Jul 2016 15:29:31 +0000 Tony Bennett http://www.pgae.com/?p=15713 A.S.K. Workshops Speaker, Tony Bennett, explains more about his presentation subject matter for the 2016 #ASKWorkshops event...]]>

PGAs of Europe Director of Education & Membership, Tony Bennett, will speak at the 2016 A.S.K. Workshops in Hungary on 26th July – here Tony explains some of the background to his presentation…


There is nothing much wrong with Golf. The game that we play, which by my definition is a sport where we take a stick, hit an object to a target that is either in, on or above the ground, is old. In fact, Golf is very old. 600 years or more we are informed. Well if it’s old it must be good, otherwise, it would have died, or at least be on its death bed.

Solo Synchronised Swimming (Los Angeles Olympics 1984), yes I could not believe it either, is one such sport that is no longer practised, while Croquet, Tug-of-War and Rackets are little more than niche sports.

The demise of Golf is exaggerated, it is not dying as some people would have you believe. Perhaps, as is the case with an old car or house for that matter, Golf could have done with a little renovation and restoration towards the end of the last century, but when things were going well, why would it change?

Initiatives such as Sprint6Golf and Golf Educatif will at least, in my opinion, make a difference. Each keeps the fundamental principles of golf at their core and address the key issues of time, cost and difficulty. The PGA Junior Golf League is growing the number of kids engaged in the sport in the USA and soon in Europe, while Golf Europe’s GoGolf Europe project is now being trialled in five countries with the objective of keeping adolescents in the game for longer.

Golf development is about making sure that people have a chance to take part in the sport, ensuring that all sections of the community are aware of available activities, and letting them know where they can get involved. I have long been an advocate of the golf professional having the capability to transform into a Golf Developer, a bit like Clark Kent who works as a newspaper journalist for the Daily Planet, only to change into Superman at a moments notice. Golf Developers ooze a passion for the sport, organise golf related activities, distribute information, arrange taster sessions, coaching and put like-minded people together. The golf developer is a facilitator who makes things happen.

If you want some things to change, then you have to change some things. Often it starts with ourselves. Perhaps you can consider the five questions that always get me thinking about the realisation of the things that I want to achieve.

To achieve my objective:

  1. What type of person do I need to become?
  2. What attitude do I need to have?
  3. What do I need to learn?
  4. Who can help me to develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge that I need?
  5. What barriers do I need to overcome?

See you in Budapest.

For more information and to register visit http://eur.pe/ASKWorkshops-Hungary

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“Committed to the Advancement of Golf…” Tony Bennett – A.S.K. Workshops
First ‘A.S.K. Workshops’ Event Set to Launch in Hungary http://www.pgae.com/news/first-a-s-k-workshops-event-set-to-launch-in-hungary/ Sun, 05 Jun 2016 09:01:09 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=15566 New educational format open to all PGA Professionals heads to Hungary this July...]]>

The PGAs of Europe’s new educational event format will launch in July in which PGA Professionals will be given an opportunity to come together in an ideas-led forum with short, easy-to-consume and thought-provoking presentations.

The first ‘A.S.K. Workshops’ event, titled ‘Developing the Players of Tomorrow’, will see each of the 12 speakers present for exactly 20 minutes to share a story, present an idea, and pass on their thoughts about junior coaching and development in golf.

‘A.S.K.’, standing for ‘Attributes.Skills.Knowledge.’, is the PGAs of Europe’s initiative to help share useful, relevant and interesting content to its Member Country PGAs and their individual PGA Professionals members through various written, video, live and audio media.

The ‘A.S.K. Workshops’ are the first live element within the initiative and will give PGA Professionals a platform to share their experiences, ideas and thoughts on junior golf in front of an audience who will be able to listen to, and interact with, the speakers.

PGAs of Europe Director of Education and Membership, Tony Bennett, said, “If you want to make some changes in your life, then you have got to make some changes in your life! The opportunity to listen to, learn from, and question people who have a proven record of success in their respective fields is one sure way to be able to develop new skills and gain new knowledge, which can then be used to make the changes that you want.

“The A.S.K. Workshops approach ensures that from the great menu of speakers on offer that all participants will pick up valuable and practical ideas”.

Each of the sessions will also be recorded and excerpts used to create digital video content. The quality and quantity of A.S.K. content available is growing, as the Association aims to make it easier to consume shorter, sharper pieces of content in line with the trends seen across the globe in digital media and online education.

The event will take place on 26th July this year in Hungary at the Abacus Hotel just outside of the country’s capital city, Budapest, and will bring together PGA Professionals such as Paul Eales, Sarah Claridge, Steven Orr, and Ian Peek, as speakers.

The event is open to any PGA Professionals to join for the day of education – registration is €99 and includes access to the full day of presentations, question and answer sessions, networking opportunities with the speakers and other audience members, along with coffee breaks and buffet lunch during the day.

For more information and to register visit http://eur.pe/ASKWorkshops-Hungary

For more information about the 2016 A.S.K. Workshops visit http://eur.pe/ASKWorkshops-Hungary, follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search #ASKWorkshops, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

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First ‘A.S.K. Workshops’ Event Set to Launch in Hungary
Coaches Circle: Home Coach Vs. National/Regional Coach – Coaching Ego Over Player Success? http://www.pgae.com/news/coaches-circle-home-coach-vs-nationalregional-coach-coaching-ego-over-player-success/ Mon, 22 Feb 2016 13:44:46 +0000 Ian Peek http://www.pgae.com/?p=11220 PGA of GB&I Advanced Fellow Professional at the Impact Golf Academy, Ian Peek, will be presenting at the 2015 Coaches Circle from 27-28 July at Pravets Golf & S]]>

PGA of GB&I Advanced Fellow Professional at the Impact Golf Academy, Ian Peek, will be presenting at the 2015 Coaches Circle from 27-28 July at Pravets Golf & Spa Resort.  Here, Ian explains more about his presentation as well as additional pre-event reading.


Research has shown coaching and the relationships between players, parents and diverse coaches to be an often “messy” and complex process. My interest in the subject of inter-coach relationships initially stems from my own experiences during an eight year period (2001-2008) where I was a highly motivated junior coach at Sigmaringen Golf Club in South-West Germany.

During that period and under my guidance, our junior programme developed 5 elite players who went on to gain state (regional) or national recognition through their on-course achievements.  My relationship with the various county and national coaches during that period varied from very collaborative to passive-aggressive to non-existent.

Feedback from many home and regional/national coaching colleagues throughout Europe indicate tension or a lack of communication often exists between them and one can reasonably assume these seemingly fractured relationships impact negatively upon player development.

During my 2015 Coaches Circle presentation I will initially discuss the “why?” behind the differing relationships between home and county/national coaches.  Part of this discussion will cover the micro-politics of governing bodies within Golf, the various effect of pyramid systems on coaches and players, and why coaches may find it difficult to “park their ego” when working with junior players.

To conclude my presentation I will suggest two possible strategies for developing more productive home and regional/national coach relationships.

Pre-Event Reading

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For more information on the 2015 Coaches Circle Visit the Event Hub Page: http://eur.pe/2015CoachesCircle

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Coaches Circle: Home Coach Vs. National/Regional Coach – Coaching Ego Over Player Success?
Golf Psychology Coaching Certificate – November Discount Code http://www.pgae.com/ask/golf-psychology-coaching-certificate-november-discount-code/ Mon, 09 Nov 2015 16:56:41 +0000 Dr. Brian Hemmings http://www.pgae.com/?p=13340 Psychologist Dr Brian Hemmings has worked with the PGAs of Europe across a number of years and we are very pleased to be passing on a fantastic discount that he]]>

Psychologist Dr Brian Hemmings has worked with the PGAs of Europe across a number of years and we are very pleased to be passing on a fantastic discount that he has made available for his hugely popular ‘Golf Psychology Coaching Certificate’.

Dr. Hemmings has provided a discounted rate for PGA Professionals that are members of PGAs of Europe Member Countries that enables them to get a substantial discount on the fully online programme that is available in English, German/Deutsche and Spanish/Español.

Information on the Programme, as well as the discount code for PGA Members, can be found by downloading the PDF Information document using the button below.

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For more information contact Dr Brian Hemmings at brian@golfmind.co.uk

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Golf Psychology Coaching Certificate – November Discount Code
Coaches Circle: A Girl’s Journey In and Out of High Performance Sport http://www.pgae.com/news/coaches-circle-a-girls-journey-in-and-out-of-high-performance-sport/ Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:10:56 +0000 David Kearney http://www.pgae.com/?p=11371 A young girl starts her journey into sport and finds she enjoys it greatly. Community, friendships, challenges are all part of her life now and she really love]]>

High Performance Manager for the Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU), David Kearney, will be presenting at the 2015 Coaches Circle from 27-28 July at Pravets Golf & Spa Resort.  Here, David explains more about his presentation as well as additional pre-event reading.


A young girl starts her journey into sport and finds she enjoys it greatly.

Community, friendships, challenges are all part of her life now and she really loves it. She gets good, improves, and moves her way along the pathway to land at High Performance level.

But is there a cost, a price to pay?

In our presentation we look at the possible roadblocks and perhaps how they can be avoided or at least smoothly navigated:

  • Girls are not small boys. Attention and awareness on the difference is a must.
  • The role of the parent…Enabler or Disabler – How can we help the parents of our athletes to understand what strategies may   be helpful and also those that may be destructive?
  • Push/Pull: The dynamics of crafted encouragement.
  • Onboarding and off boarding of players in a responsible manner. If the players know what is expected, then it is clear and De-selection becomes less contentious.
  • Why mindfulness is so important in young people in today’s environment.
  • Developing a like-minded coaching team, with the culture of the team in mind.
  • Duty of care – Do we fully understand what this is?
  • School work and its balance, why is this really important particularly in Europe. What is the culture of education in your set-up?
  • Feedback… The need for it and a proper approach.
  • Planning and de-briefing. A model for your mission.

Pre-Event Reading

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For more information on the 2015 Coaches Circle Visit the Event Hub Page: http://eur.pe/2015CoachesCircle

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Coaches Circle: A Girl’s Journey In and Out of High Performance Sport
‘Coaching Masterminds’ Brought Together for 2015 Coaches Circle http://www.pgae.com/news/coaching-masterminds-brought-together-for-2015-coaches-circle/ Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:32:04 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=12284 The PGAs of Europe Coaches Circle concluded this week with more than 40 PGA Professionals from all over Europe, together with more from Canada, being stimulated]]>

The PGAs of Europe Coaches Circle concluded with more than 40 PGA Professionals from all over Europe, together with more from Canada, being stimulated after a series of workshops and presentations at Pravets Golf & Spa Resort, Bulgaria.

21 countries were represented at the event and were brought together under the umbrella theme of youth golf and to time with the EGA’s European Team Shield Championship.

With subject matter such as working with federations, junior player development, high performance in youth golf, junior academies and coaching relationships, the event has already received hugely positive praise:

“The feedback we’ve received so far has been excellent – really first class,” said PGAs of Europe Director of Education & Membership, Tony Bennett.  “With the format we have it is very interactive and rather than just have ‘talking heads’…this has been an opportunity for the delegates to really dig into the minds and souls of the speakers.

“Coaches Circle is a ‘mastermind’ group where coaches are of a like-mind but also a like-task, having similar things to do in terms of dealing with players, national teams, etc., are given an opportunity to work together, bounce ideas off each other… and perhaps give a bit of support.”

The education event continued its tradition of selecting some of the best speakers from across the continent and further afield to educate, inform and discuss the subject matter of youth golf.

“We always take the view that we have lots of good speakers and lots of good people in Europe, and with that in mind you don’t always have to go for celebrity teachers,” added Bennett.  “There’s lots of good work getting done out there every day on every driving range somewhere in Europe.  Those people are working with the players at the sharp end and understand what is going on.  So we felt as though we could put a very good group of people together from that background.”

For more information on the Coaches Circle visit http://eur.pe/2015CoachesCircle

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‘Coaching Masterminds’ Brought Together for 2015 Coaches Circle
Coaches Circle: Ingredients for Junior Player Development http://www.pgae.com/news/coaches-circle-ingredients-for-junior-player-development/ Sun, 05 Jul 2015 10:45:44 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=12040 Martin chats with Tony Bennett about his session, 'Ingredients for Junior Player Development'.]]>

PGAs of Europe Education Committee Member, Martin Westphal, will be presenting at the 2015 Coaches Circle from 27-28 July at Pravets Golf & Spa Resort. Here, Martin chats with Tony Bennett about his session, ‘Ingredients for Junior Player Development’.

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Coaches Circle: Ingredients for Junior Player Development
Coaches Circle: The Challenge of Coaching Players to Meet Federation Objectives http://www.pgae.com/news/coaches-circle-the-challenge-of-coaching-players-to-meet-federation-objectives/ Fri, 05 Jun 2015 08:26:50 +0000 Jonathan Mannie http://www.pgae.com/?p=11529 The interaction between a federation and their national coach is a fundamental of any success which the players will have on the course. A harmonious relationsh]]>

Chairman of the PGAs of Europe Education Committee, Jonathan Mannie, will be presenting at the 2015 Coaches Circle from 27-28 July at Pravets Golf & Spa Resort. Here, Jonathan looks at how coaches can be better prepared to meet the objectives of national teams and their federations.


The interaction between a federation and their national coach is a fundamental of any success which the players will have on the course. A harmonious relationship must exist in spirit of mutual trust and respect. A thorough understanding of the selection structure, aspirations and needs of the federation is perhaps the most important first step.

Once fully understood, the relationship can develop and be hugely beneficial for all parties, federation, coach and most importantly for the players. The coach is effectively a bridge to connect the federation and players, and if the objectives of one collide with the other then it will be the coach who has to deal with the impact.  It is obvious that the coach must deliver on the federations objectives, but must also protect the interests of the players.

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Coaching a group of talented athletes is always a challenge and involves some key areas that require understanding:

  • Understanding of the standard of golf throughout Europe
  • Understanding entry criteria into top amateur tournaments
  • Understanding the development of players from good to elite players

Transparency in the structure, selection criteria and reporting is a must and should be laid out in the contract, whilst clarity in the expectations of all concerned will make things easier and as time goes on.

During the presentation I will also look at some of the concepts that I have developed which help to define my approach to coaching national teams that will act as a ‘how-to’ guide.

One of these is BTMES, which stands for Body, Technique, Mental, Emotional and Social.  Working with these five areas as key markers in your schedule and programme will help address many challenges before they become a bigger issue.

In preparation for the presentation I would encourage you to look into the structures of federations, how national teams are established, as well as the selection criteria that are commonly used for national players.

For more information on the 2015 Coaches Circle Visit the Event Hub Page: http://eur.pe/2015CoachesCircle

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Coaches Circle: The Challenge of Coaching Players to Meet Federation Objectives
Golf Psychology Coaching Certificate – Dr. Brian Hemmings – CPD Course http://www.pgae.com/news/golf-psychology-coaching-certificate-dr-brian-hemmings-cpd-course/ Sun, 24 May 2015 05:07:15 +0000 Dr. Brian Hemmings http://www.pgae.com/?p=8438 AN APPROVED ONLINE EDUCATION PROGRAMME OF THE PGAs OF EUROPE 2014 - NOW ALSO AVAILABLE IN GERMAN & SPANISH]]>

AN APPROVED ONLINE EDUCATION PROGRAMME OF THE PGAs OF EUROPE 2014 – NOW ALSO AVAILABLE IN GERMAN & SPANISH

A  hugely successful online course for PGA teaching professionals accredited for 100 CPD Points.

This fully online course is packed with practical activities for the PGA professional to guide players through improving their mental game, and is endorsed by some of England’s best coaches. Coaches can complete the course at home so they will have no travel costs or time away from their work. All coaches need is a player to work with and the time to complete the course activities. The course takes on average 25 hours to complete.

Includes material and coaching resources on:

  • Motivation and Assessing Needs
  • Mental Skills for Golf
  • Techniques to Coach

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Golf Psychology Coaching Certificate – Dr. Brian Hemmings – CPD Course
CPD: “Creating a Skills Revolution” Sport-Smart, 9 July http://www.pgae.com/ask/cpd-creating-a-skills-revolution-sport-smart-9-july/ Sat, 09 May 2015 19:33:09 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=11281 With Professor Gabrielle Wulf & Dr. Rebecca Lewthwaite How 20 years of ground-breaking research can help us become world leaders...]]>

With Professor Gabrielle Wulf & Dr. Rebecca Lewthwaite
How 20 years of ground-breaking research can help us become
world leaders in skill development

  • When: Thursday 9th July 2015 from 10.00 until 16.00
  • Where: Harvest Fields Centre, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B75 5TJ, UK

Speaking in the UK for the first time in over 15 years, Prof. Wulf , one of the world’s leading experts in the field skill acquisition, will share the results of two decades of peer reviewed, innovative research. Her studies have covered an extensive range of sports including, basketball, football, golf, tennis etc, and she and her colleagues have shown that by simply directing a player’s attention appropriately you can significantly enhance learning…..skill acquisition/retention…..and performanceunder pressure. This inspirational and ground-breaking presentation is aimed at coaches, managers and everyone involved in sport who is passionate about developing world class performers!

Prof. Wulf is joined by Dr. Rebecca Lewthwaite, an expert in the area of self-controlled practice. This fascinating research demonstrates that when players are given choice in a task as opposed to specific instruction skill development is consistently enhanced.

Stuart Armstrong, Player Pathways Development Manager at The Rugby Football Union and PGA professionals and England Golf Coaches Kendal McWade and Steven Orr will share their 50+ years of coaching experiences and how they have practically integrated Professor Wulf’s research into their coaching.

Tickets are £150 but available at a discounted rate of £99 for PGA professionals.

Click here to book your place: http://eur.pe/1KjW5FO

*Please note this seminar is not a PGAs of Europe event and the Association accepts no responsibility for any Terms and Conditions regarding the event.
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CPD: “Creating a Skills Revolution” Sport-Smart, 9 July
Coaches Circle: Preparing a Junior Golfer For International Golf http://www.pgae.com/news/preparing-a-junior-golfer-for-international-golf/ Thu, 07 May 2015 08:50:08 +0000 Steven Orr http://www.pgae.com/?p=11206 PGA of GB&I Advanced Fellow Professional and Director of Coaching for Cranfield Golf, Steven Orr, will be presenting at the 2015 Coaches Circle from 27-28 July]]>

PGA of GB&I Advanced Fellow Professional and Director of Coaching for Cranfield Golf, Steven Orr, presented at the 2015 Coaches Circle from 27-28 July at Pravets Golf & Spa Resort.  Here, Steven outlines the background to his presentation as well as additional reading.


The purpose of this presentation is to look closely at the development of junior players who are close to, or have just begun to play, for their country in national and international matches.

Working with many talented junior players individually and also as an England Golf coach for the south-east of England, several players make the step up, while many more don’t.  This presentation will attempt to answer the following questions;

  • What skills do junior players need to move up from regional to national level?
  • What is the difference between those who move up and those who don’t?
  • What happens when roadblocks appear? And should the coach create these intentionally?
  • How can a coach implement mental skills into the players training? And which are most important for a player at this stage of development
  • How can a coach effectively create habit change in junior golfers?

In an attempt to answer these questions, this presentation will draw on research on psychology, motivation and habit change as well as looking at real world case studies of players that have progressed and those that haven’t and reasons why.

Pre-Event Reading

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For more information on the 2015 Coaches Circle Visit the Event Hub Page: http://eur.pe/2015CoachesCircle

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Coaches Circle: Preparing a Junior Golfer For International Golf
A Masterclass in Golf Psychology – CPD Course http://www.pgae.com/news/a-masterclass-in-golf-psychology-cpd-course/ Tue, 13 Jan 2015 07:51:17 +0000 Dr. Brian Hemmings http://www.pgae.com/?p=8426 ‘Taking players and coaches from good to great’ Dr. Brian Hemmings & Dr. Richard Cox Wednesday 21st January 2015 Central...]]>

‘Taking players and coaches from good to great’

Dr. Brian Hemmings & Dr. Richard Cox

Wednesday 21st January 2015

Central Location: Holiday Inn, Rugby-Northampton, J18 of M1, NN6 7XR, United Kingdom

‘Approved by the British Psychological Society Learning Centre for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development’

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‘Approved by the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland for 25 CPD points’

*Reduced Fees for Postgraduate Students/BPS Stage 2 Trainees/BASES SE Candidates/PGA Assistants*

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2014 CCHoTS Brings Engagement and Interaction to the Fore http://www.pgae.com/news/2014-cchots-brings-engagement-and-interaction-to-the-fore/ Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:04:43 +0000 Josh Budz http://www.pgae.com/?p=9447 The 2014 Coaches Circle and Heads of Training Summit (CCHoTS) is developing a strong reputation for providing elite coaches and Heads of Training with a truly i]]>

The 2014 Coaches Circle and Heads of Training Summit (CCHoTS) is developing a strong reputation for providing elite coaches and Heads of Training with a truly interactive forum, and 2014’s addition was no exception.

Taking place at Chervó Golf Hotel Spa & Resort in San Vigilio, Pozzolengo, for the second consecutive year, the 5-day event saw some of Europe’s best coaches and education professionals join together to focus intently on the transition period between being an elite amateur and a professional making their way on one of the Tours.

Director of Education and Membership for The PGAs of Europe, Tony Bennett (pictured below), expressed his satisfaction on the quality of engagement from the delegates, “Coaches Circle has always been about offering coaches the opportunity to really get an insight into the minds and hearts of our speakers.

“We have consistently brought experts to the event from the world of coaching who are happy to share their knowledge. The quality and quantity of questions from the floor was impressive and certainly speaking at Coaches Circle is not for the faint hearted, as these coaches really like to quiz our experts.”

This year’s Heads of Training was as very focused on the new European Education Level System (EELS) and it’s implementation across Europe and the wider membership. “EELS offers us a completely new way of assessing PGA professional education programmes”, said Tony

“The work we have done in the Leonardo da Vinci funded Golf Stand project, [which had 16 partners from across the industry], was the forerunner to the EELS document. We now have a very reliable set of standards and learning outcomes which, not only help assess the competence of Golf professionals but also help those responsible for education and training to develop or improve their existing programmes to meet industry needs.”

Highlights from the week included the Italian Women’s Skiing Coach, and much decorated skier himself, Michael ‘Much’ Maier, who spoke about the relative similarities and parallels between his work in skiing and the role of a golf coach; Ladies Golfing Union of Ireland PGA Professional, David Kearney, discussing how players can best move into the American college golf system; and European Tour caddie, Dominic Bott, spoke about how he worked with Professionals to get the best from their game.cchots_-_tony_bennett_sm

Former European Tour winner and current member of the European Tour Board, Paul Eales, was twice in front of the delegates – once in a panel alongside former European Tour players Massimo Scarpa and Silvio Grappasonni, discussing their transitions from players to coaches, and again where he presented about the players’ transitions from amateur to professional golf.

Nicola De Pisapia, PhD. from neuro-science startup company, Neocogita, spoke about ‘mindfulness’ and the benefits of mental training for athletes, and even gave delegates the chance to be tested using their new systems and software for measuring the physiological response of the body to stress and stimuli, and explained the practical application of this technology within the game.

PGA of Spain Professional and Technical Director for the Royal Federation of Spain, Jesús Rodriguez, discussed how the Spanish Federation developed a high performance centre for their players and what are the key components that go in to creating successful players.

Highly experienced Sports Psychologist and former Lead Psychologist for England Golf, Brian Hemmings, spoke in both halves of the CCHoTS week discussing transitions of amateur golfers to professional golfers, as well as the move that playing professional make into the teaching professional world. Practical sessions for delegates also gave them the chance to experience some of the topics in action out on the practice facilities.

The Heads of Training Summit also gave the PGAs of Europe’s Tony Bennett and Education Committee member, Jim van Heuven, the opportunity to discuss the new European Education Level System (EELS) that is being brought into use across the Association’s member countries. They also carried out specific one-to-ones with other members of the Education Committee to work with each country to begin the process of recognition under the new EELS system.

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For more information visit the CCHoTS Hub Page – http://eur.pe/2014cchots, follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter search the Hashtag ‘#CCHoTS’, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

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2014 CCHoTS Brings Engagement and Interaction to the Fore