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GUI roll out its Boys Framework and Policy to Clubs

​Will encourage and enable a child centred environment in golf clubs

  • 12 June 2019
For more information on the Boys Framework and to get copies of the framework in its entirety please contact the CGI Participation Officers – see https://www.cgigolf.org/about-us/cgi-staff/

Boys Framework Overview
Since 2010, the average number of boys per club has reduced from 59 to 42. These trends would suggest the retention of boys is an increasing concern and therefore a framework that combined structures for recruiting and retaining juniors was deemed the most sustainable approach. 

To support the trends and statistics, CGI facilitated several consultations across the country, with junior boys of various ages and junior convenors to get a more “on the ground” understanding of the good practices being delivered at club level and barriers that exist within junior sections.

Using research, trends and the finding from the consultation, the aim for the framework will be to:

Support clubs to recruit boys, increase participation and retain boys through the provision of engaging coaching sessions, enjoyable additional activities and sustainable structures.

The framework has been designed specifically to meet the needs of boys and to provide guidance for all stakeholders in the Golf Club, including PGA Professionals, committees, volunteers and parents, which is hoped to enable them to create a child centered environment. The framework also acts as a toolkit to help Golf Clubs reflect on their current practice and incorporate new practices to develop stronger links between the various committees, volunteers, PGA Professionals and governing bodies, while keeping the participants at the forefront. 

It should be noted that the framework is not a source of Talent ID and created to widen participation at grassroots level and be inclusive of all standards.

The aims and objectives of each stage are outlined in the table below:

Stage - Aims - Objectives

Stage One
To introduce boys to golf in a fun an enjoyable way
1. Introduce boys to learning via Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) and skills-based activity;
2. Introduce boys to measuring their personal bests and gain an understanding of personal development;

Stage Two
To give boys experience of on course play through a structured player progression
1. Encourage boys to become self-sufficient in their practice;
2. Introduce boys to on course play on a skill appropriate length course;

Stage Three
To introduce boys to skills such as goal setting, purposeful practice and obtaining a handicap
1. Enable boys to obtain an official CONGU handicap;
2. Increase boy’s awareness of different formats of golf;

Stage Four
To empower boys to take control of their development and test their resilience and reflection skills
1. Continuingly encourage boys to develop their technical, tactical, social and mental skills;
2. Boys will have reduced their handicap;

In conjunction with the Boys Framework, the GUI has launched a Junior Boys Policy. Whilst this will not be mandatory for golf clubs to adopt, it will be encouraged as a source of good practice.

For more information on the Boys Framework and to get copies of the framework in its entirety please contact the CGI Participation Officers – see https://www.cgigolf.org/about-us/cgi-staff/


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