A Confederation of 32 National PGAs (28 European and 4 international) with a collective membership in excess of 12,500 golf professionals, the Confederation of Professional Golf is committed to the advancement of golf, golfers and the golf profession across Europe.
A core and key activity of the Confederation of Professional Golf is education and the development of golf and the individual PGAs in their respective countries and to date, 17 member countries already deliver recognised professional training programmes. The Confederation of Professional Golf continues to pursue a unified approach to training standards to assure the quality of education for PGA Professionals and coaches who provide the infrastructure for the growth and development of the sport across Europe, at grass roots through to elite levels of performance.
The long established Confederation of Professional Golf Education Committee has representation from the larger PGAs with mature educational programmes as well as experienced teachers and coaches who are well positioned in a structured way to assist member countries in their own educational development (but with limited/finite resource).
There has been demand to increase and better co-ordinate the work of the education committee and its objectives and an urgent need to formalise in golf, the European Coaching Council dictate of a ‘Four level system’ of coaches (as in all sports).
The Confederation of Professional Golf have previously gained financial support from the Ryder Cup European Development Trust to fund a Director of Education who with Trust funds can concentrate on approved programmes:
- Training of golf Tutors in the target countries
- Development and regional delivery of appropriate elements of education programmes
- Structuring and set up of local PGAs and establishing/improving relationships with Federations/Unions or national recognised sporting bodies