Meet the Coaches

 

James House - SALJGA Volunteer

I have been involved with SALJGA since its inception in 2001 and I believe that it provides a superb opportunity for children and young people to both learn and develop their abilities, in order that they are able to make informed choices. Building upon firm foundations means they can either start to climb the ladder of achievement in golf, or alternatively play the game at a social recreational level.

I work as a civilian Divisional Community Development Officer, with The Army Welfare Service, based at Craigiehall, Edinburgh. I became involved with SALJGA because I enjoy working with children, families and communities. SALJGA gives me a chance to work face to face with young people. My only regret is not coming to the sport earlier in life. Yet, having last year, completed the Level One advanced qualification, my own golfing abilities and coaching skills have progressed under the tutorage of the PGA professionals.

Historically, it was also gratifying to re-acquaint myself with Ross Proudfoot and his father at the SALJGA Junior Open last autumn. They reminded me that Ross had been a member of my Sunday evening coaching sessions some seven years previous!

SALJGA ticks all the boxes on the national ‘Getting It Right For Every Child’ agenda; and most certainly re-inforces why we should continue to invest in young people, for they are our future.

 

Roddy Yarr – SALJGA Volunteer

After having moved to St Andrews in 2005 I was impressed with SALJGA and I realised that it was an excellent way for children to be introduced to golf.  I had direct experience of how coaching and volunteers helped me when I was racing mountain bikes at a national level so I joined the SALJGA volunteer programme in April 2006 to help out and give something back to the sport. 

The facilities and opportunities for children to learn golf at St Andrews are in my opinion excellent.  Everyone who comes along can learn a little or if they want to really get into it, they can learn a lot.  This is important as children can have a go and then take it further if they wish to.  Now in my fourth year as a volunteer coach I have seen how the children improve as they develop their skills and practice. 

As SALJGA has evolved, the coaching changes made by Nick and the Pros over the four years I have been a coach have certainly improved the programme and they deserve a thank you for all their hard work.

Overall, perhaps the most satisfying thing about SALJGA volunteer coaching is seeing children who have grasped the fundamentals of grip, posture etc apply these almost without thinking about it and hit great golf shots.  Anyone who has experienced that feeling knows it is joyfully addictive in its own way and it is satisfying to know that I have helped to make that happen.