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Local and National Provision For Golf.

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Luke Neale Local and National Provision For Golf There is much potential for any junior who wishes to take up golf in Dubai, as there are many championship golf courses such as The Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club and Emirates Golf club, who highly encourage the development of junior golfers, from beginners at grass root level to amateur/professionals. The development of junior golf is highly encouraged through the golf clubs of Dubai themselves and through schemes such as "The Junior Development Programme", JDP. Which is a division of the UGA or U.A.E Golf Association. Through the JDP juniors receive lessons from top golf professionals and automatic entrance to many organised tournaments throughout the different challenging courses of Dubai, for a small fee, although many tournaments have sponsors to help with the financial side of the organisation of these tournaments. From the junior golfers below 16 who participate in the JDP a team of 8 is selected to be in the UAE junior team, which tour other countries. ...read more.


For the disabled there is a separate governing body which was formed in 1996 in the UK and established in 2000, and is called the EDGA, European Disabled Golfers Association. The EDGA is growing at an immense rate attracting disabled people from around the Europe who thought they could never play golf or continue playing due to a disability. The aim of the EDGA is to organise tournaments and work out a yearly competition programme for those players with the minimum disability throughout Europe. Locally in Dubai there is no such NGB, which does this for disabled players. As you can see the UK is much more developed in terms of governing bodies for golf. There are many opportunities for golfers in the world today and many different paths a player can take to be very successful. Dubai is a good place to begin playing golf due to the number of quality courses and development schemes available, but once a player reaches a certain ability they may wish to take golf to the next level e.g. ...read more.


Once this has been achieved and the golfer makes significant progress, he may undertake trials for the county or district in the area in which they live. This will usually be suggested by his/her golf professional. As the player continues to improve, now at a very high standard, he may be good enough to play for the countries national team, in my case England. To play for England a very low handicap has to be achieved usually 1 or 2 at the highest. As you can clearly see the pathways for the provision of golf are far better and far more extensive in the UK. The provision for golf in the UK is much greater than in Dubai, the main reason being that there is a much greater demand for junior, lady and men golfers, due to the size of the population. Within the UAE there is no school golf or sports colleges which help to develop young golfers, whereas in the UK there are many sports universities which offer degrees in golf management and teach golf, such as Birmingham University and Loughborough. Word count = 860 ...read more.

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