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Today we Launch our JOLF Club

Today we are excited to announce the launch of our JOLF Club. This has been in our thoughts for the last 18 months and lockdown has provided us with the opportunity to develop the idea.  During lockdown we have tried to use our time wisely and take stock of JOLF and all we offer across schools,…

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Kick start JOLF – What Next After Lockdown?

Looking back at the beginning of the 2020 and we were planning for a very busy summer term of golf in schools. We had numerous play days booked in and were looking forward to continuing our work of putting golf clubs in children’s hands for the first time and introducing them to the game of…

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The Struggle of Learning

“I will buy you some LEGO if you get to 10…” My son took the bait!!! Let the struggle begin!!! Over the weekend we have spent a lot of time in the garden with the beautiful weather we had. During lockdown we have left lots of bats, balls and equipment out in the garden to…

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It’s their game…

Sport is often imposed on children. In golf this is often seen where children are told how to correctly grip the club, stand to the ball, move the club and strike the ball. This approach of learning the “fundamentals” first is often experienced in an environment unlike the setting of a golf course. So children…

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TIME

We have been locked down for a LONG time!!! Unprecedented in modern life and unthinkable to consider at the beginning of the year as we looked to the summer months we would have spent the whole of April at home!!! My mindset and motivation has taken many twists and turns over the weeks but I…

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Too Much/Too Many… Not Enough… Children Need…

TOO MUCH coaching. NOT ENOUGH self directed play and learning. TOO MUCH guidance and adult led experiences. NOT ENOUGH struggle, making mistakes, getting things wrong, children figuring things out for themselves. TOO MUCH technical input. NOT ENOUGH play and exploration developing skills and technique. TOO MANY questions are asked of children that they do not…

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Winning?!?!

Following on from a conversation with a group of coaches I got thinking about how we frame “WINNING” for children. Winning is often linked with competition and who comes first. And for sure I can understand that winning may be important to adults, elite players, those that have invested time and money into their goals.…

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