Federations of Finland and Malta have chosen ShortGolf for their national school program, and join the growing list of those to do so. ShortGolf’s ability to safely take golf into the schools, deliver fun golf activities and develop fundamental skills is rapidly becoming the standard for “Golf in Schools” initiatives.
The Golf to Schools program was initially launched in 2015 within the colleges of St Margaret and St George Preca as well as the National Sports School, and then extended it in 2016 to the colleges of St Benedict and St Ignatius. According to the wishes from the Ministry of Education and Parliamentary Secretary for Sports, this year was the turn of the colleges in Gozo.
The R&A, in St Andrews, shored the initiatives by funding the dispatch of six golf kits as well as to ensure the teachers were all able to complete the Certified ShortGolf Coach training, led by Chris Smith. Due to the intense schedule for the week Chris was this time joined by Tony Howarth who runs the same activity at his home Club in Leeds.
The first session of training covered the fundamentals of ShortGolf including the grip; ready position; and techniques to putt; chip; pitch and hitting the full shot with the ShortGolf equipment. Concluding the examination of session one, session two covered drills and games, as well as guidelines for how to plan lessons.
At the end of the training, ShortGolf kits were distributed to the respective teachers who also received their Certified ShortGolf Coach status.
The teachers receiving their certificates were: Jason Vassallo, Simon Pace, Kevin Cassar, Ruben Mercieca, Sonya Zammit, Deborah Saliba, Christopher Fava, Mario Azzopardi, Sarah Clair Saliba and Christian Borg.