NZ Golf committing to the development of FUTURES coaching

NZ Golf committing to the development of FUTURES coaching

With LOVE Golf Futures now well underway, New Zealand Golf is stepping up its support of this programme by including a focus on volunteer coach support.  This focus will be assisting the Mum’s, Dad’s, Grandparents and willing club volunteers who play such an important and influential part of a young person’s first steps into golf. 

To help grow the volunteer coach space New Zealand Golf have re-engaged the services of leading coach development expert Murray Macklin.  Macklin will support Liz McKinnon, who together will create and manage a volunteer coach specific programme under the brand of LOVE Golf – Futures Coach.

New Zealand Golf CEO Dean Murphy is encouraged by the early uptake of the Futures Programme and understands the need to provide further resource.

“LOVE Golf Futures is about enriching the lives of young people by creating experiences that inspire a lifelong love of golf,” said Murphy.

“Our firm belief is that if we can create a lifelong love of golf in young people, the future of our sport and our country will be in good hands. We are looking forward to supporting the Futures programme through targeted coach development and support.”

“We welcome back Murray and congratulate Liz on her new role responsibilities and title of Talent and Coach Development Officer”.

McKinnon, who has been focused on talent development and support for some time is excited about including volunteer coach development within her adjusted duties. 

“I’ve been spending more of my time assisting at the district level of player development, so I see this as a natural progression of my role,” said McKinnon.  

“Being able to support those people that have such a big influence over our youth is so important at this stage. The foundation a parent, or someone in a volunteer coach role provides can set up a young golfer’s values and behaviours for life, what we do here really will have long term benefits.”

McKinnon and Macklin are now finalising the many elements of the Futures Coach programme, which will provide both online and practical support to volunteer coaches as well as ongoing mentoring and resources. The PGA of New Zealand remain integral to the success of volunteer coach development, with their role being to maintain a network of trained coach developers that can be called on to deliver Futures Coach training.

Keep an eye on both and for further updates as to when the Futures Coach programme will be bought to life. In the meantime, if you have any questions or want your club to be one of the first to have trained Futures Coaches just email