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Golf Super Clinic

The Fiji International school programme, which is part of the R & A (St. Andrews) Working for Golf programme, was officially launched with a Super Clinic at the Pacific Harbour
26 Jul 2015 09:57
Golf Super Clinic
Nick Bielawski (front middle), national coaching programmes manager for PGA of Australia with students of Pacific Harbour Multicultural School after conducting a golf super clinic to launch the Fijian International school golf development programme last Friday. Photo: Fijian International

The Fiji International school programme, which is part of the R & A (St. Andrews) Working for Golf programme, was officially launched with a Super Clinic at the Pacific Harbour Multicultural School last Friday.

Over 100 primary school students participated in the two-hour clinic, conducted by conducted by PGA National coaching programmes manager, Nick Bielawski, aimed at generating interest in the game of golf.

The programme will begin in the first week of August and sees 12 schools participating, The schools are; Yat Sen Primary and Marcellin Primary (Suva), Rampur Primary , Lomary Primary  and Pacific Harbour Multicultural (Deuba), Ratu Filise School (Coral Coast), Andrha Sangam and St Peter Chanel Primary (Sigatoka), Malomalo Primary,  Rahmatullah Khan Memorial and Tuva Indian Primary (Natadola), Namaka Public (Nadi), and Drasa Avenue (Lautoka).

“Our aim of conducting the programme is to socialise the game of golf to primary school students of Fiji in the hope of creating more interest in the game to create the future golfers of Fiji.

“We selected the schools based on their close vicinity and access to golf courses. It is great to see so many schools interested and we are confident their students will enjoy the My Golf Programme,” said Natalie Ritter, general manager for the Fijian International.

The programme includes four visits to each school inclusive of three-minute sessions with different age groups of primary school students.

The programme is aiming to reach over 2000 primary school students in Fiji and leave behind a legacy in golf as well as a platform which is self sustainable for future development.

Additional activities to further enhance the golf experience at these schools has been developed including a “Design the Fiji International Junior Golf Mascot” competition. The competition will be conducted among all participating schools of the Fiji International School Programmes and the winning mascot design will be selected at the end of September this year with the winner getting $500 in cash.

All participating schools will also be arranging a school trip visit to the Fiji International during tournament week on October 12 – 18 so that their students can get a special behind the scenes tour of the tournament operations at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course so they can get a feel for how events of this scale are organised.

“Creating interest in the business of golf is also one of our aims to encourage students to consider a future career in golf whether it be actually playing the sport or working in the industry. As the golf industry in Fiji grows, so will employment in the industry so it would be good to have more interest in the market place around the sport.

“This programme would not be made possible without the Royal and Ancient (St. Andrews) in partnership with Fiji Professional Golf Association and the National Golf Association of Fiji who have worked collaboratively to develop and execute a nationwide golf development programme in Fiji.

“We look forward to continuing the joint efforts for the long term sustainability and growth of golf in Fiji,” Ms. Ritter said.

The Fijian International school golf development programme will run from August to November this year and there is room for three more schools to join the programme. Fijian International team members will continue to share progress of their golf development initiatives in the months to come.

 



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