Happy ever after?

Yesterday could have been a historical day. The first ever County Academy Conference took place and it happened because the main organisations involved in English Golf came together and pulled it off. In my opening address I commented on the complexity of British Sports. You know the one that means that when Andy Murray does well in tennis he is a great British athlete. However, when he stumbles on the final hurdle of the Grand Slam final he is the Scot that has lost again. In golf somebody had counted to 18 bodies in some way involved in developing the sport. That team is not that easily co-ordinated!

Nobody though can take away from the fact that English golf at the moment is perhaps the most successful national programme outside the USA. In a few years a serious contender will be Canada. The National Coach, Henry Brunton, was one of the speakers yesterday and his message was loud and clear: When organisations come together and share not only the same vision but the ways in which it will be achieved – serious things start to happen. Each party have their own role and responsibility but they follow a common philosophy. If yesterday was anything to go by – we are just getting started in England!

1 Response to “Happy ever after?”

  1. 1 Shay Brennan April 4, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Hi Peter,

    Just to say I thoroughly enjoyed the 1st Academy Coaching conference. The fact that it even took part is testament to the passion of ALL (i also agree there are still to many bodies in England)concerned to keep England Golf ahead of the curve.

    Just looking around the room when guys like Henry & Mark were talking you could see many coaches nodding in agreement with their comments. There is an exciting paradigm shift towards player centred coaching with greater awareness from coaches and players to the possibilities available opposed to a culture of players being broken and instructors pointing out faults that need fixing.

    The Friday session with Henry at Kirtlington GC was a fantastic opportunity to pick the brains of a true leader in holistic coaching.

    With so many coaches embracing professional development opportunities across a broad spectrum of performance disciplines the future of golf can only grow.

    I am looking forward to next years event!


    Shay Brennan
    Your Golf Matters Ltd

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