(Dubai, UAE) – Over the course of the 2015 – 2016 Golf Season the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) and Golf DXB have created a partnership with the goal to introducing the game of golf to United Arab Emirates (UAE) Nationals. The incentive has been an enormous success in which approximately 3,000 UAE National children have been introduced to the game through in school taster sessions.
Drawing from the school taster sessions a surge of interest has led to the establishment of 5 classes (golf lessons) per week at The Track, Meydan Golf. These classes are exclusively for UAE Nationals, which are very well attended throughout the week. The classes’ focus on fundamental athletic movements and skill based activities that develop speed, balance, flexibility, stability and awareness. The lessons are than focused more on golf instruction with long game, putting and specific aspects of short game drills.
Based on the accomplishments of the introductory classes, the EGF and Golf DXB are excited to announce that we will be expanding on this season’s success with the introduction of the EGF National Junior Development Program (NJDP) Foundation Squad. This Foundation Squad has been formed on the basis of the dedication and development within the game of golf. The children on the Foundation Squad have shown tremendous enthusiasm, commitment, and focus for the game and have made great strides in the last 8 months. The group of 15 hand selected children will receive, technical instruction, golf specific fitness as well as on course playing lessons on a weekly basis.
Golf DXB PGA Golf Professional, Aaron Williams, is leading this group. Aaron is working closely with the UAE National Team coaches, David Condon and Greg Holmes to monitor the progress of these talented youngsters as they progress through the EGF National Team and Development programs.
On the Foundation Squad Aaron 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.”
Greg Holmes, UAE Nationals Team Head Coach said, “The introduction of the Foundation Squad is another positive step taken by the EGF. 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”.
Looking forward, the EGF and Golf DXB will continue to introduce the game at a grass roots level through schools. These school visits are sparking interest for children to get involved in the introductory classes. Both organizations are very excited about the introduction of The Foundation Squad, and the pathway to elite performance that has been created.
The golf lessons run every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm with the Foundation Squad playing on the course from 6:30 to 7:30pm on Saturdays. To find more information on the EGF or Golf DXB or to sign up for these golf lessons revert to the following websites or email Coach Marcus at firstname.lastname@example.org ~ EGF – www.egfgolf.com ~ Golf DXB – www.golfdxb.com
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