Following the exciting announcement that golf will benefit from Sport Ireland funding to the sum of €200,000, the Confederation of Golf in Ireland has launched The Level Par Scholarship.
Participation of women and girls in golf is on the rise at every level from grassroots to high performance. However, with less than 5% of registered PGA Professionals in Ireland being female, further work is required to encourage more female coaches to take up coaching positions at all levels.
Female PGA Professionals, or amateurs considering a career in golf, are invited to apply for a position on The Level Par Scholarship award. The Scholarship, which is part of the Coaching and Officiating pillar of Level Par, will consist of 20 days over a 20 month period from October 2019 to July 2021. A combination of mentoring, workshops, research and hands on coaching practice is included in the planned activities.
The programme participants and content will be under the management of the ILGU High Performance Manager David Kearney and successful candidates will receive a bursary toward costs incurred including expenses and daily fees for coaching delivered.
“Research has proven that participation rates for junior girls double when female coaches are involved in clubs,” said Sinead Heraty, Chief Executive of the ILGU.
“Through the Level Par Scholarship we are keen to provide current female PGA Professionals and our leading amateurs the opportunity to explore their interests in coaching.”
“Allowing more female coaches the opportunity to experience coaching at regional and high performance is a hugely positive step forward,” explains David Kearney.
“Coaching practices are completely different when it comes to introducing boys and girls to golf. This Scholarship will highlight these key variances in order to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.”
The initiative is supported by Sport Ireland and is designed to create more awareness, education and positive interventions around the women’s and girl’s game.
For further information or to express interest in becoming a Level Par Scholar contact firstname.lastname@example.org