India’s Bold Plan To Become Golfing Powerhouse

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When you think of the powerhouses of golf a string of countries come to mind, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and European centres like France and Germany.

There’s always a few exciting South Africans and increasingly more South Americans joining the mix as well.

Such is the nature of the game though that a top player can come from anyway, Vijay Singh from Fiji highlighting this better than anybody.

There’s one region though that’s yet to be really tapped as a producer of golfing talent though and one which if done right could open the floodgates into the future.

India has a population of 1.1 billion people but at the moment they’re a mere spec on the world golfing landscape.

Tiger about 2011 Masters

Forget the players you know, Indians are set to become a common fixture by Rio 2016.

They do have a professional circuit known as the Processional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) but only limited players abroad.

With the re-inclusion of golf in the Olympic Games in 2016 though the Indian sporting fraternity has picked the sport as one they’re really planning to target into the future.

Director of the PGIT Padamjit Sandhu says tangible investments will be made not only for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, but also extending into the future.

“We have five years before the Olympics but we need to look beyond it as well,” Sandhu said.

He picks out players Jeev Milkha Singh and Arjun Atwal as the best positioned currently to represent the country but also said they’d be placed under pressure from the likes of Jyoti Randhawa, Gaganjeet Bhullar and Anirban Lahiri.

He stressed the need for all five players to get more regular tournament time in events outside of India including invitational’s in Japan and Singapore.

“Let the players compete. This will help Indian players gain points in world rankings, thus providing a stronger bench-strength,” he said.

“We will need players who can be consistent over four days. For that the players need more exposure in international tournaments to get used to playing under pressure.”

That is part of one of the main problems he see’s with current players, their strength and fitness not quite up to scratch either physically or mentally.

If the Olympics were to be held tomorrow India would be included in the top 60 qualifiers however they are under no illusions as to the gap they have to make up if they are to be a medal prospect.

“A medal at the Olympics is unrealistic but we can press for them 2024 onwards. The idea is to bide time and ensure that when they win, they win big,” coach Romit Bose said.

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PGA Champion Keegan Bradley was encouraged by his family and his upbringing as son of PGA Head Professional

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Keegan Bradley wins PGA Championship

Keegan Bradley wins PGA Championship

Saying newly crowned PGA Champion Keegan Bradley was practically born to play golf is like saying Barry Bonds got a headstart by being Bobby’s son.

His father, Mark, is currently the PGA Head Professional at Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club in Wyoming after stints in Boston and Vermont. Bradley got plenty of lessons and all the time he needed at the practice range, free of charge. Turns out he was schooled, as well, by one of his aunts, who knew plenty about the game and even more about the tenacity it takes to play golf at the highest levels.

That would be LPGA Hall of Famer Pat Bradley, whom renowned sports psychologist Bob Rotella once called the toughest player he ever saw.

“I grew up going to Pat’s tournaments, totally idolizing her and wanting to be like her out there,” he said, with the Wanamaker Trophy perched nearby.

“I remember as a kid going out to her tournaments and literally staring her in the face, and I’m her nephew, but she was so into it, she wouldn’t even recognize me. And I thought that was cool,” said Bradley, now 25.

Some of that coolness apparently made it into Bradley’s DNA. The last time a golfer won a major in his first try was Ben Curtis in 2003, and before him, Francis Ouimet in 1913. And until late Sunday afternoon, it looked possible another century might even slip by before it happened again. Bradley began the day trailing third-round co-leaders Jason Dufner and Brendan Steele, a good pal, by only a stroke; by the time he stood on the 16th tee, though, he was down five shots with only three holes to make up the differential.

Yet some of that familial toughness revealed itself as he walked toward No. 16 after dumping a ball in a pond at the 15th and carding a disastrous triple bogey.

“I remember walking off that green thinking, ‘You know, the last four holes are so tough here that somebody could have a five-shot lead. It doesn’t matter,” Bradley recalled.

The gap closed when Dufner, who played the final four holes at 3 under through the first three rounds, made three bogeys over that same stretch in the last one. Bradley sealed the deal in the three-hole playoff with two straight birdies, closing with a very workmanlike par.

“I kept thinking about the playoff I won at the Byron Nelson, and the same thing happened to me in that. As soon as I realized I was going into a playoff, I completely calmed down,” he said.

During the family’s time in Vermont, Bradley did a fair share of ski racing as a youngster, but didn’t need long to decide between the two sports. He was 12 years old and looking down the barrel of a tough slalom run in Killington when the decision was practically made for him.

“It was raining, cold, sleeting and I’m at the top of this mountain going, ‘This is not as much fun as golf. I love golf so much more.”’

As Bradley recalled that moment, his mother, Kaye, sat in the back of the interview room, alternately nodding or chuckling at the memory and crying tears of joy.

“He always said he was going to do this,” she said. “I still have a letter he wrote in the first grade saying he was going to be a PGA pro. I’ve got pictures of him on the range at four. Grandma Bradley sent over his first set of clubs — plastic, of course — for Christmas, and Keegan almost wore those out. He was so devoted. He wanted this so badly. I used to worry what would happen if it didn’t come to pass.”

She often looked to her husband to be the detached voice of reason any time the discussions turned to Keegan’s career.

“But he wasn’t much help that way,” Kaye Bradley said. “He used to say all the time, ‘He’s the real deal.’ But I didn’t want it to be this or nothing. I made sure he got his college degree.”

Yet it was Kaye who was unabashedly proud to revive a Bradley tradition. When Pat won her first tournament, in Australia, it was the middle of the night back at the family home in Westford, Mass. Determined to celebrate, Pat’s mother ran up and down the streets ringing a cowbell and waking up plenty of her neighbors.

“The bell is actually in the Hall of Fame now,” Keegan Bradley said. “My mom has started her own, new tradition, a takeoff on that. She runs up and down the street like a crazy woman with wind chimes.

“Might have to get that bell out of retirement,” Bradley mused a moment later. “I’d like to hear it ring at least once.”

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Pound Ridge Golf Club Officially Opens for 2011 Golf Season

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Pound Ridge

Pound Ridge

Pound Ridge Golf Club Officially Opens for 2011 Golf Season

Daily Fee, Pete Dye Course Rides New York City Metro Area’s First Wave of Spring-Like Weather

(POUND RIDGE, N.Y.) – Pound Ridge Golf Club – the daily fee Pete Dye course in Westchester County – will officially open for the season on Friday, March 18, riding the New York City metro area’s first wave of Spring-like weather.

Through April 30, local golfers can experience the state’s only Dye design at its “offseason” rates of $150 and $100 after 2 p.m. Tee times can be reserved by calling the golf shop at (914) 764-5771 or booking online at www.poundridgegolf.com.

“We are excited to enter our third full year of providing Metro area golfers with an upscale, daily fee golf alternative offering design and conditioning equal to the very best private clubs,” says Todd Leavenworth, General Manager of Pound Ridge. “As our course has matured agronomically, Pound Ridge has emerged as one of the true modern marvels of Dye’s legendary portfolio.”

In 2011, Pound Ridge will present a diverse menu of price points and playing options appealing to a wide spectrum of players. Effective April 1, new nine-hole rates will go into effect that include full use of the driving range and short game area, a cart or pull-cart, bottled water, a player’s towel and a souvenir yardage book. Weekday advance rates (Mon. – Thurs.), introduced in 2010, will be continued this season, catering to golfers who are flexible in planning the day and time they wish to play.

For a full overview of rates and rate periods, visit www.poundridgegolf.com/rates-policies.

About Pound Ridge Golf Club

Opened in 2008, Pound Ridge Golf Club is the only course in New York designed by the legendary Pete Dye. Located in Westchester County, it is less than an hour north of New York City and less than 15 minutes from Stamford and Greenwich, Connecticut. Pound Ridge Golf Club is the premier upscale daily fee course in the metropolitan New York area, considered a “must play” on any golfer’s bucket list.

Crafted by Dye, his son Perry and long-time Dye construction manager/lead shaper Michael Langkau, Pound Ridge Golf Club is a full bentgrass facility, hewn from 172 acres of magnificent cliffs, streams and wooded hills. Dramatic rock formations and boulders were left onsite, creating one of the most visually stunning settings for golf in the U.S. More than 14,000-linear-feet of rock wall frames the course as it winds through hardwood forests and fescue mounds and open meadows.

Pound Ridge Golf Club plays to a par-72, has five sets of tees and measures 7,171 yards from the Black tees. It houses a practice range, short game area and putting green. The property features some of the highest points in Westchester County, with a number of tee boxes offering expansive vistas of the surrounding countryside. Notable holes include the par-5, 13th – home to “Pete’s Rock,” a giant boulder that rests in the middle of the fairway – and the par-3 15th – dubbed “Headstone” – which is flanked on the right by a large rock outcropping that protrudes into the elongated, 9,000-square-foot green.

Accolades for Pound Ridge Golf Club Include:

- “No. 1 New York City Area Golf Course, 2010″ – AskMen.com – “America’s Best New Courses, 2009″ – Golf Digest – “New Golf Development of the Year, 2009″ – ABTA Golf – “Top Ten You Can Play, No. 2, 2008″ – GOLF Magazine – “Best New Courses, 2008″ – LINKS Magazine – “America’s Best New Courses, 2008″ – Golfweek

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Jerry Kelly trying out new equipment simulator for 2011 season

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Jerry Kelly

Jerry Kelly

Interactive Sports Technologies™, the makers of High Definition Golf™ simulators, is pleased to announce that PGA Tour Professional Jerry Kelly has selected HD Golf™ for year round training, practice and equipment testing in his home in Wisconsin. Kelly won the 2009 Zurich Classic of New Orleans and recently finished in third place at an exciting Honda Classic at PGA National in Florida.

“The High Definition Golf simulator is an amazing piece of leading edge technology. It allows me to train at home with my coach in a very realistic golfing environment and provides me with detailed feedback after every swing,” says Kelly. “The simulator makes a full series of highly accurate measurements, and I can use it to make adjustments to my game and test new equipment with the confidence of knowing of what works in the simulator will also work on the real golf course as well, which is really a tribute to the development team at HDG. And, it looks and plays like real golf, which is has been a real benefit during our long stretches of bad weather here in Wisconsin. I can even practice on PGA National before I play the Honda Classic,” Kelly added.

High Definition Golf™ has developed a totally integrated professional golf instruction studio which is easy-to-use, completely modular in design and includes diagnostic tools for detailed shot analysis, video swing analysis, swing dynamics and weight transfer/balance analysis. These professional-grade tools operate seamlessly from a single computer system, providing comprehensive data collection and various simultaneous display options. The system also generates a variety of performance reports that are customizable and can be uploaded to “Player Lockers” on the web that the student can use to access and review lessons, statistics, video swing files and club fitting information, as well as sign up for tournaments and league play.

“Jerry spent many hours testing and putting the simulator through its paces during visits to Interactive Sports. He reviewed his swing using our video swing analysis module, was in impressed with the club shaft measurements gathered by our swing dynamics system and even played a round on Pebble Beach® with some of the HD Golf staff,” said President & CEO Todd Richardson. During his visit, Jerry also spent time consulting with our engineering teams, providing some valuable feedback from his perspective as a veteran PGA Tour player. The recommendations he shared, and customers like him, help make the product better and drives innovation,” added Richardson.

High Definition Golf™ pioneered computer vision technology for the golf simulator industry, and their systems make more measurements more accurately than any other simulator currently on the market. These include distance (carry and roll), ball speed, club-head speed, efficiency (“smash factor”), launch angle, swing-path (outside/in, inside/out), club head angle at impact, ball position (re: club-head at impact) and the very important ball spin and spin axis. The simulator will also measure angle of attack, club head acceleration, position of maximum club head speed, club head speed at impact and swing tempo. HD Golf™ is also the only simulator with the unique capability to dynamically measure shaft flex and load factor, allowing club fitters to make precise shaft recommendations.

For more information on High Definition Golf™ call 1-866-323-0095 or email sales(at)hdgolf(dot)com.

About High Definition Golf
High Definition Golf™ is the only golf simulator that looks and plays like the real thing. Spectacular photo-realistic capabilities capture the true beauty of some of the world’s most renowned golf courses including: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pinehurst, Kiawah Island, Spyglass Hill, Doral, Harbour Town, Troon North, Bethpage, Banff Springs and many others. Revolutionary image processing software combines high resolution digital imagery and satellite data into 3D models of golf courses that not only look real – they are completely accurate everywhere on the course. Every tree, bunker and hazard is faithfully reproduced exactly as you would see it playing the actual course! This has made HDG a favorite in golf academies, luxury homes, indoor golf centers, golf course clubhouses, recreation centers, hotels & resorts. For more information please visit http://www.HDgolf.com.

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Nigeria to see big boost in golf by Young Masters Golf (YMG) announcement

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YMG Junior GolfGolf in Nigeria has received a boost with news that Young Masters Golf (YMG), the popular youth development course, will launch there soon.
The license to spread YMG across the West African country has been secured by 2AT (To A Tee Nigeria Ltd), which plans to deliver the programme in schools.

Seyi Badmos, a director of 2AT, explained: “We aim to introduce golf in a fun and accessible way to as many children as possible, while increasing the popularity of golf tuition among the Nigerian youth and growing and sustaining golf in the country.”

There are currently 43 golf clubs in Nigeria, but the sport is gaining in popularity.

Badmos added: “Golf in Nigeria is gradually developing with a surge in the development of new golfing facilities, but unfortunately not many youths are involved in the game owing to a lack of appreciable knowledge about the sport, which inadvertently makes most people term it as elitist. There is, therefore, a need to bring more youths to the sport.”
The YMG programme is already used in South Africa and the Sudan – just two of an expanding list of 13 countries using the training course.
Developed by a team of highly experienced PGA professionals, the YMG programme is the ultimate solution for boys and girls from the ages of six to 14-years-old who want to start playing golf or, if they already play, to improve.

The programme has recently been overhauled and improved to offer a focused approach to golf development, but its ethos is as it always was: to encourage youngsters to participate in golf and to teach them the basics, rules and etiquette of the sport, through the auspices of PGA-trained professionals.

Chris Smith PGA, sales director for YMG in the UK, said: “We are delighted to welcome Nigeria to our list of participating countries and feel sure it will help to develop the game in a country where youngsters are always so enthusiastic about sport.

“We will continue to work hard to take YMG to any part of the globe where golf pros believe it may help improve participation.”

To discover more about delivering the Young Masters Golf programme to juniors or for information on clubs providing the scheme in your area visit www.ymg-golf.com

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PGA Merchandise Show will be world’s largest

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Merchandiseshow

Merchandise show

As the world’s largest professional golf equipment testing event, the PGA Merchandise Show Outdoor Demo Day will welcome some 5,000 PGA Professionals and invited VIP retailers for the industry’s exclusive preview and hands-on testing of the newest innovations in golf equipment, tomorrow (Wednesday), Jan. 26, at Orange County National Golf Center in Winter Garden, Fla. (The event is not open to the public.)

Within 200-plus hitting bays of the circular range and short game areas of the 42-acre practice facility of Orange County National, influential PGA Professionals and golf retailers will test the hottest equipment and accessories that will drive golf retail sales in the upcoming season from more than 90 top manufacturers including Bridgestone, Callaway Golf, Cleveland Golf/Srixon, Cobra-PUMA, Mizuno, Nike Golf, PING, TaylorMade Golf, Titleist, Tour Edge, Wilson and more.

The PGA Merchandise Show Outdoor Demo Day also will feature several special appearances by PGA Tour and LPGA players.

While Outdoor Demo Day tees off the biggest week in golf for many, the 2011 PGA Merchandise Show doors officially open to more than 40,000 industry attendees from more than 75 countries on Thursday, Jan. 27, at the massive Orange County Convention Center. Nearly 1,000 top golf manufacturers and brands, from today’s golf market leaders to emerging companies, create the world’s largest business-to-business golf event. All of golf’s market leaders join industry manufacturing veterans and emerging companies are introducing an abundance of new products to drive golf retail in 2011.

The PGA Merchandise Show annually attracts international industry leaders, top CEOs, influential retailers and scores of celebrity endorsers from the realms of professional golf, golf instruction and entertainment. Matt Kuchar, 2010 U.S. Ryder Cup Team member and winner of the 2010 Vardon Trophy for lowest average score by a Tour professional, will be joined by celebrated saxophonist and golf enthusiast, Branford Marsalis, and PGA of America officials in the event grand opening at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday morning, Jan. 27.

Kuchar and Marsalis are among a long list of participating celebrities at this year’s industry-only PGA Merchandise Show. Many exhibiting companies will host PGA and LPGA players and renowned PGA teachers including Greg Norman, Paula Creamer, Peter Jacobsen, Annika Sorenstam, David Leadbetter, Rosie Jones, Brittany Lincicome, Dave Pelz, Rick Smith, Hank Haney, Natalie Gulbis, Brian Gay, Ryan Moore, Michael Breed, Lexi Thompson, Anna Nordqvist, Nancy Lopez and Johnny Damon.

In addition to the busy marketplace among nearly 12 miles of Show aisles in the Orange County Convention Center, Show days are full of professional learning opportunities in the PGA Show Education Conference, at the PGA Equipment Forum industry presentations and within a full schedule of events at the PGA Show’s Fashion Gallery stage. Each setting offers multiple opportunities for PGA Professionals to earn MSR credits.

The PGA Merchandise Show Opening Day features a global golf announcement by the PGA World Golf Alliance and subsequent headliner panel discussion on the Asian golf marketplace with Greg Norman, Hank Haney and Michael Breed. Also, The PGA/USA Today Golf Tips Hotline 2.0, the PGA Merchandise Show’s only consumer connection, will take place on Opening Day, Jan. 27, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., to include live streaming golf lessons by the nation’s top teachers, plus PGA Professional golf instruction via telephone, Facebook, Twitter, Skype and E-mail.

Attendees will find an energetic Show floor featuring exhibits, hundreds of vendor Show specials and promotions, plus some 47 equipment testing bays at the Indoor Demo Days; multiple New Product Centers to centralize the latest introductions for buyers; a new Inventor’s Spotlight Pavilion for patented products not yet available at retail; numerous specialty exhibitor pavilions including fitness, training aids and golf travel; plus the second annual PGA Merchandise Show Career Fair.

Each day offers a full calendar of special events and each night, attendees can participate in and network at special industry events including the Association of Golf Merchandisers Product Preview and Reception on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; the prestigious PGA Awards Night on Thursday, Jan. 27, 5:30 -7:30 p.m.; and the entertaining Elations “Rocks the Joint” Industry Concert featuring Lou Gramm of Foreigner on Friday, Jan. 28, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

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Callaway`s Junior golf set help beginners do it right

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Callaway Junior Golf Set

Callaway Junior Golf Set

When it comes to the game of golf, many people understand that it is very important for the individual to be able to find quality equipment in order to make sure that they are at the top of their game. When individuals invest in Junior golf equipment for their kids, they can make sure that the golf clubs and other items that they are using are up to superior standards. Many people will notice the different between using the right size Junior golf equipment and using golf equipment that has been made for other sized individuals. There is high quality equipment that is able to be couple with cost effective prices. This is good since many people want to feel that the items in which they are investing will be worth it in the long run. The right golf equipment items are able to help their investors out by offering them a lifespan that is very competitive and appreciated by many.

Some golf equipment companies will greatly overcharge for their equipment because there is such a great dependence of the player on their equipment when it comes to the game of golf. However, players are in luck because the prices that are placed on some Junior golf equipment maintains that players are able to get equipment that is of a good material and standards are set on the equipment in order to make sure that they are beneficial to the players of golf and that the cost of this venture will not put the players out. It is important that individuals do the proper amount of research in order to figure out which company’s items would be best for them. In addition, there is a great selection that is available to the player, so whatever the player needs they can likely find something that will help them out when they look at the many different types of equipment that is available.

It is very easy to find Junior golf equipment on the internet. In addition to the fact that individuals will be able to find even more highly competitive prices, they will be able to have the equipment shipped directly to their homes. For many people, this is much more convenient than going out to the store and purchasing the equipment and bringing it back home themselves. Being offered the convenience of shipping online is often attractive enough to people that they will make this their primary mode of shopping for goods and items that they are interested in purchasing. Saving time and money is often a big concern for people that are trying to balance busy lives.

Being able to purchase these types of items online allows individuals to manage their schedules more effectively in order to allow them to do things, such as playing golf, which they may enjoy more. Many people may not initially understand that in order for children to play golf correctly, they need the proper equipment just like anyone else. This is why it is so important to get quality junior golf equipment for players of younger ages or smaller statures.

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Are you picking the right club in every situation?

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300px-Wood_putter_ironWhen playing golf, the most important part of the game is to pick the golf club that will work well for the particular situation that you are in. Everything about the course will play a role in deciding which club you remove from your bag, and therefore it is important to know how all of these different factors work together. If you are looking to become more serious about your golf game, or you even want to become a professional, then it is a good idea to learn about these things. Here I will outline some of these main things to look for. You will get a very basic idea of how to choose a club, and hopefully you will practice enough to become even more knowledgeable at choosing them.

When you first start out the game, you usually won’t have much to worry about in the way of obstacles and bends in the course, so you can stick with the larger clubs and hit the ball as far as you can. However, you want to make sure that you are comfortable hitting the ball as hard and as far as you can without making it go completely off its desired path. Many golfers choose to take a step up with the club, then take a lower grip and hit the shot as hard as they can. Having the lower grip will allow for more control over the swing, and reduce the chance of a mistake while increasing the distance that your ball flies. This strategy may not work for you, but enough golfers use it that it might be worth trying, just to see if you are comfortable with it.

The wind also plays a huge role in deciding with what club and with what technique you will hit your shot. If the wind it coming straight at you, you will have a different technique than if it was at your back. When the wind is coming from behind you, you will want to make a completely normal swing. However, you will have to pick a more lofted club. Grip the club with the ball positioned a little bit ahead of the center than regular. Use a mid-iron, with one of the longer lengths that are available in your club bag. If the wind is coming straight at you from the front, you will have to use a stronger club and hit the ball hard enough to make up for the wind that is coming at you.

Choosing the right club in a given situation will not necessarily make your shot perfect. You will have to adjust your technique as well, and make sure that your stroke is clean and accurate. This combined with the right club will eventually make for the perfect shot, but it may take years and years of golf practice. Both the club choice and the technique take a long time to master, so besides reading information about them you should also go out and practice plenty so that you can really get it down. This will help better than any other guide that you could possibly find. If you don’t have constant access to a golf course, it may be a good idea to buy a membership or even find some sort of alternative way to practice.

No matter what you do, you have to remember that golf is a game of patience. If you play every day and you see absolutely no improvement in your technique, you should not worry. Just do everything you can to find out more about what to do in certain situations, and you will find that this is the best way that you can see noticeable results in your abilities. Being good at golf is a great way to impress people, and being good at golf takes nothing more than time and experience.

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IOGGroundskeeperlogoThe Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) is creating the IOG Youth Panel to recruit and develop the next generation of leaders for groundsmanship in the UK. Youngsters aged between 16 to 25 are invited to join now.

The Panel is designed to formally engage more young people in the development of the industry (and IOG) by establishing a pathway and structure that will enable youngsters to take up leading roles.

Because the IOG currently has in hand many forward-thinking tasks to achieve its aims and to improve the recognition and standing of the industry as a whole, it is seeking enthusiastic young people to become involved.

Members of the Panel will have the opportunity to act as role models to inspire and support other young people, and to promote active and healthy lifestyles.

They will work with the IOG’s professional and experienced team and with the IOG Board, as well as with key industry experts, and will be able to engage with both experienced volunteers and high level professionals.

IOG Youth Panel members can, if desired, also become involved with the development of the IOG as it continues to go forward, attending workshops and development courses, where appropriate, to acquire transferable skills and experience in organisational methods and leadership to serve them well with future employers.

IOG Youth Panel members will also develop and improve their ‘life skills’ and gain confidence and self-esteem through a work experience internship programme with the IOG.

The Panel – which will meet quarterly – will be able to present ideas and recommendations for the IOG Board to consider and so play a role in shaping future policy.

Young people aged between 16 to 25 (parental consent required for under 18s), whether or not previously involved in volunteering, are invited to express their interest by contacting the IOG – Tel: 01908 312511.

Selected candidates will be expected to attend (expenses paid) the first Panel meeting during April 2011.

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About The Institute of Groundsmanship
The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) is the leading membership organisation representing grounds managers, groundsmen, grounds maintenance managers, greenkeepers and all others involved in the management of sports pitches, landscape and amenity facilities in the UK. As well as maintaining the IOG Performance Quality Standards and providing a consultancy service for sports grounds, lawn maintenance and amenity horticulture, the IOG’s extensive Training and Education programme includes cricket, football, tennis, horseracing, bowls, artificial surfaces, turf science and many other specialist subjects. It also stages the annual IOG SCOTSTURF and IOG SALTEX exhibition, Europe’s leading show for the open space profession. For more information visit www.iog.org

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