When the Dragons came to Loughborough

The EGU Christmas Camp has just come to an end. Our U18, A and England Squads together with officials and coaches have spent three very productive days together, once again at Loughborough University. As a bit of a surprise this year, the players were given an opportunity to visit the Dragon’s Den. William Anderson from the Teamworks lead the exercise that started with a workshop on communication and presentation techniques. Players were then split into five groups with five or six in each with the brief to do a pitch do the dragons on an idea that would help the English Golf Union create the best possible environment for young players to develop into major winners. On Saturday night, the Dragons took place in the Den and the presentations begun. I have to say I was really impressed by the way the groups had taken on the challenge and both the ideas and the performances were of a very high quality. It was clear that they had taken on many of the tips delivered the night before. And the ideas? Well, having heard presentations on warm weather training, a system of creating invitations to professional events the Dragons concluded that the EGU Management no doubt was the front runner.

Even though Chris Wood got stuck due to the weather on the way home from holiday and could not make it we had some very inspiring speakers. Dave Ridley did an interview session with Walker Cupers Matt Haines and Chris Paisley and Dan Willet shared some of his experiences from the tour together with John Pates, the sports psychologist and Clare Pheasy got everybody thinking twice before indulging in anything from Pizza Hut. All in all, a great lead up to Christmas!

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