Jolf – Coaching Children Golf

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Jolf with KH2

In setting up KH2 Community Link Services CIC, through Liverpool JMU, I was awarded a £500 ‘Try-It’ grant through UnLtd. The grant was used to find out more about introducing sport and physical activity to disabled young people. One day was run in conjunction with Neil Plimmer, who has developed the concept of Jolf.  (www.neil.plimmer.com) Jolf is a form of introducing golf to young people that uses play as the teaching method rather than the rigid drills of a traditional golf club driving range.

JOLF on the Wirral

On the 11th July 2013 21 teachers, youth workers (from Jus Kids) and sports leaders from Clare Mount (Year 10-11) took part in a JOLF training day at Clare Mount Sports College. The day involved a brief introduction to the philosophy of JOLF and a series of practical coaching session using factory 11 Golf Parc and Driving Range equipment. Later in the day the teachers and youth workers further explored the philosophy behind JOLF with the tutor, Neil Plimmer.

What they said

“It was a really fantastic day. I don’t really play golf but the games were really easy to set up and we had lots of freedom around how to develop the practices. It was over-coaching”. Connor Year 10.I have used many ideas from the Jolf Day. These have been specifically around the level of engagement that pupils can access through the challenges. There is an atmosphere of bliss in lessons when the pupils are engaged” – Jon White Clare Mount Sports College, PE & Sport Specialist

What next?

Clare Mount Sports College is keen to extend the programme as part of our ‘Road to The Open”, working with Neil Price the area Golf Development Officer. Clare Mount have secured a £2047 grant from Sportivate to buy some equipment, put on another JOLF training and do some work in local schools. In addition, the young leaders will hopefully take up roles as Junior Supervisors at The Open 2014 at Royal Liverpool GC.