The purpose of this project is to develop the skills and strategies necessary for dealing with stressful, adverse situations within golf and then transferring these skills to life outside of sport, such as school, college/university, employment and home life.
The number of stressors and demands that a teenager experiences in the developmental phase to becoming a responsible and socially respectable individual able to thrive in the 'adult world' is indeed vast. Sport has been used as a vehicle for developing and transferring certain life skills in youth and teenagers for some time. Although the notion of resilience and mental toughness, alongside the health benefits of sport, has not been considered.
The project is linked with Carmarthen Golf Club, where all of the programmes are taking place. The club, led by Director of Golf, Darren Griffiths, has a strong commitment to developing youngsters' through the medium of golf, as the original concept for the project was devised by Dr. Rich Neil, of the School of Sport, and Darren Griffiths.
What is involved?
The programme involves a series of life skill development sessions, health and well-being education, and golfing performance. As well as practical sessions out on the course, participants will be involved in workshops where we will discuss the skills and strategies learnt out on the course and how they can be transferred into life outside of golf. The program is entirely free, however participants will be required to attend a minimum number of sessions.
Who is the programme for?
Anybody aged between 13 and 19 years old. You don't have to have any previous experience of golf, just the ambition to learn something new!
There are three programmes during the school summer holidays –
July 29th – August 1st
If you would like further information on the upcoming programmes then please contact Hamish Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org