Ryder Cup European Development Trust

PGAs of Europe Education

An Association of 36 National PGAs (31 European and 5 international) with a collective membership in excess of 21,000 golf professionals, the PGAs of Europe is committed to the advancement of golf, golfers and the golf profession across Europe.

A core and key activity of The PGAs of Europe 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 PGAs of Europe 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 PGAs of Europe 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).

As part of a three year plan (2008-2010), The PGAs of Europe financially supported by Ryder Cup European Development Trust in funding 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