The Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) will host their first Future Falcons event of the season this weekend at Emirates Golf Club.
This year the EGF aims to push participation for all national and residents with the Future Falcons National Junior Development Program. But most importantly, the EGF is implementing a program that will not only develop golfers but also focus on Long Term Athletic Development.
Looking to continue to attract more children to the game of golf this upcoming year, in 2023 the EGF saw over 3,000 students take part in conjunction with the Emirates Schools Establishment, the Al Rabeh Academy in Abu Dhabi. While also working closely with the UAE golf clubs across all of the Emirates in order to maximise the exposure for the sport.
Juniors between 4 and 16 years-old are encouraged to reach out to the EGF to get involved and learn the sport.
'Athlete first approach'
With an increased focus on the 'athlete first approach', sessions are now targeted at promoting fundamental motor skills such as agility, balance, and coordination. By incorporating these elements into the program, participants are likely to build a stronger athletic foundation, which can enhance their performance in golf and potentially other sports as well.
The introduction of the new 10-level ‘Golf Skills Progression System’ ensures a structured curriculum where athletes can progressively improve their golf skills all whilst having fun along the way.
To progress through these levels, students will be required to achieve a certain score from their respective playing distances. This challenge promotes the playing of the game and ensures the young athletes are out on the fairways enjoying their sport and being active.
Working with the Golf Foundation and The R&A
Together with the Golf Foundation and The R&A, the Future Falcons will continue to introduce golf in the schooling systems across the UAE while hosting grassroots community events, like this weekend's Par 3 event at Emirates Golf Club. These initiatives will drive participation to new heights and undoubtedly be the origin of the country's next elite golfers.