Boys' Player Pathway
Yorkshire is a successful county within England Golf, however 2020 is a year which will not be remembered for much national competitive golf! We were fortunate enough to complete all the Boys Championships although some under slightly different circumstances and all with extremely strict rules around Covid-19. We also managed to play four of our county matches against Lancashire and Cheshire (both Boys Team & Under 16 Team). Unfortunately, the Northern Federation matches (Boys Team & Under 16 Team) had to be cancelled. The real disappointment for the boys was not successfully reaching the Northern Counties Boys League final having lost to Lancashire at St Anne’s Old Links on a very blustery and showery day.
Within Yorkshire we pride ourselves on our Boy’s Player Pathway allowing our Boy’s to have the absolute best opportunities to the various levels of coaching and support throughout their time with us.
Our aim is to identify those boys with the potential and dedication required to play not only at a County level, but potentially at National level, this is something we try to achieve on a regular basis. This comes down to our boy’s being offered coaching at a very high level from some of the most experienced coaches around, Graham Walker and Steve Robinson, both our lead coaches, both England Golf coaches and both awarded “Coaches of the Year” 2015 & 2019 and 2016 & 2017 respectively. Given the size of Yorkshire we are supported by a team of coaches.
There are various entry points into our Boys’ coaching and these are as follows:
- YUGC Identification Day for Under 13’s
- Union nomination of prospective high performer
- Club nomination of prospective high performer
- YUGC Boys’ Championships performance
- Open events
All applications are assessed by the County Boys’ Manager along with the coaches, to consider their ability to be included within the winter/spring coaching programme. The chart below shows the pathway of our coaching programme.
Our County programme is an addition to their own coaching; we are not here to be in conflict with their current coach, but rather to add further value and support in their development. The Boys are expected to take notes at each session and discuss further with their own coaching professional. You will appreciate we are a very large county and for those who are successful in selection, this does not mean they will be involved each year until they attain 18. No; each year the County Boys’ Manager and coaches undertake a review which is based on various factors, including current game, ability, attendance, dedication, attitude, to name a few! This ultimately means there is no guarantee of being invited back; however, it does not preclude them from being involved at a later stage.
The Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs has in place policies, procedures and practices relating to child safety, equality and a code of conduct that can be summarised as follows:
Safeguarding Children & Young People Policy & Procedures
The Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs has a Safeguarding Children Policy and is fully committed to ensuring that golf provides a safe environment in which children can learn about the sport without fear of abuse in its various forms.
It is essential that you should feel safe and enjoy your sport. If there is something worrying you or you need someone to talk to then please speak to our County Welfare Officer :
Sian Statters – 07725 440957