I am writing this in a hope that you, the reader, knows of a talented young player, who has just finished their A levels, Highers or the equivalent. The player needs to be playing off a low handicap and have aspirations of playing high level competitive golf. If they fit that criteria, then the education which has just been approved will be right up their street.
What we are able to put in front of that player is two years of dedicated golf training, in the Algarve, between the months of September and April. After completion of the course our students will be able to go on to study a final year at the University of Central Lancashire where four BSc or BA options are available in Sports Coaching and Performance, Golf Coaching and Performance, Sports Business Management or Golf Business Management.
Other options are available such as going straight to Tour School, if the player is ready for that step or gaining full-time employment within golf in the Algarve or beyond. It’s really up to the player. All we want to do is give the player a serious insight into what it takes to perform at the highest level within tournament golf.
We have managed to do that by blending the modules into three distinct categories; Tournament Performance (organising our players by utilising the latest Statistics, Periodisation, Technology etc), Performance Psychology where the player demands more from their practice and themselves by setting goals, measuring their performance and having a ‘will do’ attitude, and finally we have thrown in some Business modules to allow the player to understand how the world turns, through marketing and brand management.
We all know that the Algarve has some of the best weather Europe has to offer, which is why our students/players will be based here for the winter, gaining a valuable edge on the competition. Whilst we are enjoying the 300+ days of sunshine the Algarve has to offer they will be practicing in harsh winds and low temperatures Northern Europe braces for during the long winter months.
With our fifteen hours a week of class-room time being confined to the mornings (classes are set to start at 0800 and finish at 1100) leaving the rest of the day to practice and work on the topics discussed during class. We estimate somewhere around forty hours a week being available to the student for practice and ‘on course’ development.