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Holland College golf students take game into schools

March 16, 2017

Golf students take game into schools

(L-R) Glen Stewart physical education teacher Chris Meuse, Professional Golf Management student Cole Condon, Grade 3 students Abby McCarthy and Ethan Hansen, Professional Golf Management student Jeremy Gallant, and Josh Toombs, a teacher at Glen Stewart Elementary School.

Charlottetown, PE – Students from Holland College’s Professional Golf Management program took their game on the road recently, giving golf lessons to 1,100 elementary school children in just two weeks, using the Golf in School program created by Golf Canada in partnership with PGA of Canada and Physical and Health Education Canada.

The students reviewed the lesson plans in the classroom, then practised in the Holland College gym before going out to Glen Stewart and Spring Park elementary schools. Holland College golf instructor Jeff Donovan led three days of lessons assisted by the six students, and then each of them had to lead a full day of lessons under the supervision of Donovan and the physical education teachers at each school.

The initial element of the program, which was designed to meet the learning outcomes of school curriculums across Canada, helps teachers to plan and deliver quality learning experiences using golf as the vehicle.

Maribeth Neale, physical education specialist at Spring Park Elementary, said the intrapersonal skills such as perseverance, goal setting and emotional regulation; and the interpersonal skills such as honesty, teamwork and respect that are part of the program, were a good fit.

“Our students were fully engaged in fun and developmentally appropriate lessons delivered by well prepared and enthusiastic instructors. I enjoyed the portion of the lessons that touched on self-regulation strategies, and how the lessons incorporated personal and social responsibility through honesty and fair play. Important life skills that complement our curriculum outcomes very nicely.”

Sean Joyce, Provincial Head Golf Coach and Director of Junior Development in P.E.I. sees the program as a way to nurture interest in the game while providing children with the opportunity to try playing the game.

“Golf in Schools is arguably the most important program offered by Golf Canada and the PEIGA.  The indoor Golf in Schools kits are safe, easy to use and the kids love the equipment. With Holland College delivering the program, it got a golf club into the hands of hundreds of aspiring golfers while giving the Professional Golf Management students experience on how to teach, promote and grow the game.”

The Professional Golf Management students enjoyed teaching the youngsters. Student James Sanford said that participating in the program helped him to hone his teaching skills.

“The kids were great to work with. Their energy and enthusiasm were contagious. Golf in Schools reminded me how much fun it is to work with kids and see them learn. Golf in Schools has giving me the confidence and the knowledge to be able to run a Golf in Schools program and Future Links programs when I leave Holland College,” he said.

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