A new “Box of Tricks” was showcased by Scottish Golf in Musselburgh last night to show clubs practical and innovative ways they can retain and grow their junior membership.
Developed by The Golf Foundation, the Box of Tricks outlines more than 40 practical ‘eureka moments’ in junior golf development, including great game formats, inventive practice methods or ways to build course confidence, all within four categories of skill, play, social and marketing.
Scottish Golf is delivering free-to-attend Box of Tricks regional workshops across the country this month and next. They invite clubs to rate their current efforts – using golf scoring, of course – before breaking into workshops to devise future plans for their own club, inspired by the 40+ Box of Tricks ideas across the four categories.
The first workshop was held at Musselburgh Golf Club this week with further sessions scheduled to take place at Haggs Castle, Kilmarnock Barassie, Linlithgow, Oban, Auchterarder, Newmachar, Elgin and Loch Ness. The Musselburgh Box of Tricks workshop was well received by those in attendance, with many guests posting positive feedback online after the event.
Mary Richardson, Junior Convenor at Craigmillar Park GC, tweeted:
“Great workshop and brilliant resource. Thanks so much. Well worth attending one of these workshops if you get a chance.”
Yvonne Dickson, Junior Convenor and ClubGolf Coach at Broomieknowe Golf Club, added:
“Excellent workshop – took a lot away about what we’re doing well but also what we could do more of to develop our Junior Section. The little box of tricks is a must for Clubs.”
While Daniel Wood, Head PGA Professional at Hirsel Golf, also tweeted:
“Great evening at Musselburgh Golf Club at the Scottish Golf Junior Workshop. Thanks again Scottish Golf Regional Club Development Officer Lesley Nicholson.”
The next Scottish Golf Box of Tricks workshop takes place at Haggs Castle on Tuesday, 18 September while the full list of events and host clubs can be viewed here: https://www.scottishgolf.org/club_services_events/
Ross Duncan, Scottish Golf Development Director, said:
“The Box of Tricks is an excellent new initiative which offer practical tips and inspiration for all clubs committed to growing their junior membership.
“We’re delighted to be delivering these free-to-attend seminars at clubs across the country over the next three weeks, which should appeal to anyone involved in junior development at their club. The recruitment and retention of junior members is a key strategic priority for Scottish Golf and we’re thrilled to work with partners such as the Golf Foundation to help furnish clubs with the ideas and inspiration they need to make a positive impact in growing and retaining young players.”
To find out more about Scottish Golf, visit www.scottishgolf.org.uk