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Academy Selection Days for 2012/2013 Season

The 2012 season has ended ..... so on with preparation for the next year's Academy!

Selection Days will be held on

23rd September for the North at Sherdon's Golf Centre

7th October for the South at The Bristol GC

14th October extra day if required at Thornbury Golf Centre

Age limit: 8 - 16 years

Click here for application form or contact our CDO, Debbie Casling, for further details.

Email or mobile 07968 894 812


Academy vs County under 14 Team

Some good competitive matches were seen when 22 players  from the County U14’s and the Partnership Academy  played their annual match at  Forest Hills Golf Club on Thursday 16thAugust.

In the morning the format was 9-hole greensomes with singles matches in the afternoon, some of which were very tight and one or two of the County boys were given a run for their money!

This is what Alan Graham (Team Manager for County U14’s South) had to say about the day:

“In my view, the link between the county u14 set-up and the Academy is crucial to the continuity of quality young golfers becoming available for county selection.

This match has proved again that there are players who, for various reasons, slip through the net of early season selection.

We need to further strengthen our ties with the Academy as there were some fantastically entertaining matches at Forest Hills with players from both sides competing to their best ability. The u14 squad this year is a strong side and they were made to work hard for their victory, with 5 matches going down the last hole.

Well done to all the boys for making this an enjoyable and worthwhile day, especially from my personal view as u14 team manager, the future looks rosy.”

And from Jonathan Skuse, Academy Head Coach:

“The Under 14’s set a fine example for the young up and coming Academy players to follow. 

A high level of skill was observed and a high regard for etiquette and general attitude to the game. It makes me proud to say that they are a credit to the County.

The morning’s play consisted of Greensome foursomes which was a close fought battle finishing 3 ½ - 4 ½ with the U14’s taking their lead into the singles matches.

Academy players exceeded expectation and provided true competition for the more experienced U14’s team.  The final score doesn’t reflect the close fought nature with five of the singles matches going to the last hole before the U14’s were able to secure victory.

This is only the second time that these two teams have met and competed against each other and again it has given invaluable experience to the Academy players and shown how many of the current County team have benefited from their time in the Academy. It  is these players who inspire the current Academy players to reach County level in the very near future.”

And from all ….. a very big thank you to all at Forest Hills!

                               The Academy Team  
                                                Both Teams  



Academy Report from Head Coach Jonathan Skuse

 July 2012

The Academy Challenge  tournament held on the 15th July was a fitting conclusion to the end of our 3rd successful year. 

The weather was kind to us!  There was a break in the deluge that seemed to be the summer of 2012, which prompted a record number of 49 players turning out to compete. This year the Academy players were also joined by the Futures under 16 squad and Gloucestershire Girls Robins Squad.

There was a competitive sporting spirit to the day and the scores speak for themselves showing the huge talent and potential of our Academy players. Running alongside the main tournament was the ‘Golf Mission’. This in an innovative fun product that challenges the players to win a number of varying challenges over the course thus providing them with focus and an extra opportunity to succeed. Thanks to the Golf Mission team for sponsoring and supporting the event.

Thanks as always needs to be extended to the coaches and volunteers who have been committed through this season for their dedication. Thanks to the support of The Bristol, Thornbury, Kendleshire, Sherdons and Brickhampton clubs for allowing us to use their facilities and a special thanks to Brickhampton who kindly hosted the Academy Tournament. Further thanks to the players and particularly their parents for their dedication – it is acknowledged that it is not easy juggling commitments to the academy and the competing demands of family life.

And last, but certainly not least, a special thanks to the hard work of Debbie Casling and the unwavering dedication and passion that she shows to Junior Golf across the Academy.

The tournament was a great success – well done to everyone who took part.

The Academy v’s the Under 14’s will be held this year at Forest Hills on the 16th August. We are in the process of finalising the squad and I think we will once again represent a formidable opponent.

With the Academy entering its fifth year I think you will agree we continue to go from strength to strength!

Click here for full results of the Challenge



Joe Workman with Jonathan Skuse   Jessica Baber with Jonathan Skuse    



The Match between the Academy u14s and the County u14s is scheduled for Thursday August 16th at Forest Hills GC.


From Head Coach Jonathan Skuse April 18th 2012

The new year came and the Academy truly got underway with some fantastic squad sessions.

Some special sessions have been held which have included the Rules and Etiquette Roadshow which has been presented to all Gloucestershire golfers by Sue Rawles at The Bristol, Stinchcombe Hill and Brickhampton Court Golf clubs. The sessions were very well attended by our Academy Members and the presentation not only provided the players with the knowledge they require but also the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice through visual aids and scenarios.

We have been very fortunate to be able to invite the advanced squad to attend a half day’s fitness coaching from Simon Svender Cain at his Gloucestershire Studio. Simon is an expert in golf specific physical training and is highly recommended by the Gloucestershire Golf Union. He is currently engaged in training some of the most hopeful golfing stars within the county. The sessions consisted of golf specific stretching techniques and advanced circuit training designed with golf fitness in mind. The sessions were enjoyed by all and even some of the fitter among us had some muscle soreness the next day! The session provided the group with insight into the importance of physical fitness being a key part to becoming a golfing athlete

Debbie Casling has been piloting a psychology presentation with the advanced squad which was gratefully received and is another key a part of modern golf.

The Academy is providing an holistic approach to developing the best future golfers giving them the technical knowhow but joining this together with an impenetrable web of physical and psychological strength required for the modern sportsman.

The lighter evenings, warmer and, hopefully, drier weather will allow for more practice and course experience giving the academy players the chance to showcase their newly developed skills.

All of this is only made possible with the continued support from host clubs, the dedication of the coaches and level 1’s and of course the unwavering enthusiasm and dedication of Debbie Casling who continues to drive the academy forward. The combination of this support and talented gifted players should lead to a very exciting end of academy tournament.



Kirsty taylor (L) with her group and PGA Level 1 volunteer Karen ReeveThe 2011/12 season has started for the Gloucestershire Junior Academy with an additional squad.

The Academy has always aimed to be flexible and to tailor its programme to accommodate the differing standards and ages of the youngsters setting their sights on golfing excellence.

Last year a squad for past Academicians who would benefit from a further year’s programme was added.

This year it is those at the other end of the age scale – the seven to nine year olds – who now have their own group.

The Academy looks for 9 – 15 year old interested young golfers, but, after requests from parents, the officials allowed younger children to attend the selection days. Seven of them showed such high standards – and equal commitment – that the new squad was formed.

They will be coached by ex Ladies’ European Tour player, Kirsty Taylor, a Lancastrian now living in Gloucestershire. She left the tour last year and since then has been working freelance, including a considerable amount with the County Golf Partnership’s ladies’ projects. She will be helped by PGA Level 1 volunteer, Karen Reeve.

“I went along to help at one of the Partnership’s Beginner Ladies’ Away Days, and that led to running some ‘booster’ lessons for them. And now I have this little band of mini golfers – and that is very exciting,” Kirsty said. “They set their sights very high!”

And they certainly do! In a questionnaire before the programme started, Kirsty’s charges were asked what were their goals and ambitions.

One reply was quite simply “To be U.S. Champion.”

Go for it!

Kirsty Taylor with her Academy squad



Only last month we were reporting the final events of the Academy year. Now the selection days for the 2011/12 season have been held …. and the selectors will have quite a task deciding on heir squads.

Seventy-eight youngsters registered for this year’s selection days, held at Forest Hills, Sherdons, Long Ashton and The Bristol golf clubs, with an additional day being found at Brickhampton Court to cope with the extra numbers. This is an increase of 33% on last year’s figures.

The children are between the ages of eight and 15 – although there was one young fellow, who incidentally could hit the ball accurately a country mile, who said he was seven … and turned out still to be just six years old!

Now the Academy professionals and officials from the men’s and ladies’ County junior organisations will get together and see where these youngsters can best be helped to progress.

At the moment the Academy can take 48 young hopefuls, with provision for increasing this to 56 if exceptional talent is found.

“The skill level has been very high and the enthusiasm from the players has been fantastic,” Academy Head Coach Jonathan Skuse told us. “It is already apparent that the selection of players to the academy will be tough task and competition will be high for places again this year.

“As always we have received a warm welcome from the Clubs - without their support the Academy would be unable to reach so many young players. The coaching and volunteer team for 2011/12 has worked really hard to assist with the smooth running of the selection days. This commitment is essential and the hard work from everyone involved is very much appreciated!

“Last but not least the Academy would not exist without the enthusiasm from parents and players - thank you.”


Academy Hopefuls ...... whatever the weather!




Contact Debbie Casling email



The first match between the Academy players and the County Under 14's team, held at South Herefordshire GC on Wednesday August 17th, was a real red letter day ….. and much enjoyed by everybody.

Academy Head Coach, Jonathan Skuse, had this to say:

“The County Under 14’s vs Academy Match was a resounding success.

The Under 14’s set a good example for the less experienced Academy players to follow and the Academy players gave a fine account of themselves despite their lack of experience. The standard of play was extremely high and all the matches were played to the end before being settled. There was healthy competition between the two squads but it was also an occasion to meet new friends in golf.

The tournament was an occasion for the Academy to showcase what they had learnt over the year and was a good test for potential selection to the County Squad in years to come.

The Academy Squad excelled and were leading the way, 3-2, after the morning's greensomes play.  But the County players pulled ahead in the afternoon to take the tournament at the end of the day, 9-5.

The performance of Academy players impressed the selectors with one player, Alex Van Laun, who halved his afternoon singles match against Under 14's Captain Ben Stevens, being selected to play in the Under 14’s team in their Match against Worcestershire at Redditch Golf Club on 30th August. Well done Alex! – We wish you all the best in your match.

This was just one of many successes to come for the Academy and there will be more to follow in Alex’s footsteps based on what I saw last week!

Hopefully this will become an annual event!.  I would like to thank everyone for playing their part in making this event the success it was. Particularly I would like to thank South Herefordshire Golf Club for hosting the event and making us very welcome. Thank you also to Alan Graham, Under 14’s Organiser, and Debbie Casling, our Partnership's CDO, for organising the event. Last, but not least, thank you to all the players ….. and all the best for the rest of the year. This event has shown quite clearly that Gloucestershire Golf is in a strong position. We can build on this and go from strength to strength."

Partnership CDO, Debbie Casling, had just one thing to add: "Next year we will have team sweaters for the Academy players!"

Click here for full results


This season's Academy ended with the Challenge on July 17th (see report and photographs below).

Congratulations to all on completing the Junior Academy Programme. You have all worked very hard on your training and playing and some are already seeing the rewards.

So .......



You are encouraged to join Gloucestershire Girls’ Golf, which is the junior branch of the Gloucestershire Ladies’ County Golf Association

GGG aims  to encourage girls to enjoy golf at all levels from beginner to single handicappers.
                    to help girls to develop their golfing skills and to fulfil their potential.
                    to offer a progression of coaching and playing opportunities
                    to work with girls at club and county level both in groups and individually
                    to continue to help girls achieve success at club, county and national level

GGG is open to all girls in Gloucestershire under the age of 18 whether or not they belong to a Golf Club.

GGG activities include:
Stablefords and Card Marking Days held monthly on Sundays from April to September.
Team Matches against other counties for girls with handicaps
Coaching for girls showing potential, commitment and involvement
Encouragement to enter Junior Opens, Regional and National competitions

For more information please contact Eve Clements, 01453 873305


County Squad players are selected at the end of each season based on their performance in National, Regional and County Competitions during the season just gone – especially the qualifying events for the Jeff Hall Trophy. Feedback is also taken from your Academy Coaches, Junior Organisers and the coaching staff at your golf clubs.

The players selected are split into two groups, covering the North and South regions of the County.
The North groups are led by James Latham at Cotswold Hills and the South by Paul Mitchell at Bristol & Clifton. Support is also given by Paul Millard and Simon Sveder Cain (fitness and nutrition), John Parker (Psychology).

All the coaching for the County takes place during the Winter months and full information on this can be found at:

For those who fall just outside our County Squads there will be another Advanced Academy Squad as per this year and recommendations for this will be taken from your Academy Coaches for this year.


July 17th 2011

Sunday saw the second Academy Challenge,held this year at Brickhampton Court Golf Club, the final event of the Gloucestershire Academy 2010/2011 season.

Thirty-nine players took part in the Challenge on the nine hole Glevum Course. The format this year was a singles competition as opposed to last year’s north v. south inter squad team event. Prizes were awarded in four categories, plus special prizes on individual holes.

Boys non-handicap: 1st Alexander Johanson - 2nd Jake Bush
Girls non-handicap :1st Lindsay Hunt, 2nd Megan Bartlett
Boys 29 - 46 handicap: 1st Adam Gunn, 2nd Joshua Jones
Boys 0 - 28 handicap: 1st Nicholas Ramshaw, 2nd Oliver Philp
Twos: Alex Ault on the 2nd
Nearest the Pin on the 2nd Hole: Jake Bush
Girls’ Longest Drive on the 5th Hole: Lindsay Hunt
Nearest the Pin on the 7th Hole: Alex Ford
Boys’ Longest Drive on the 8th Hole: Alex Johanson

Academy head coach, Jonathan Skuse, was delighted with the event and gave us this report:

“Another year finished and judging by the smiles on everyone’s faces at the Challenge, it has been another success. The weather was kind to us and stayed dry. A little gusty which added some challenges for the players but nothing they couldn’t overcome.

All the players were in good spirits and engaged well in the competition.

This is what coaching is all about! As Head coach I was rewarded by witnessing the skill and abilities of the Academy members and can see the potential of all our young players.

This fun event today was a fitting conclusion to the end of the Academy year and is further evidence that the Academy goes from strength to strength.

Of course the Academy and today’s event would not have been a success without the dedication and commitment of Debbie Casling, the Academy coaches and the PGA level 1’s. A big thank you to all of you! Thank you also, for the dedication and commitment of the players and their parents and family members. And a very major thank you to Brickhampton Court Golf Club for hosting the event – we are so lucky in our County to have generous clubs like Brickhampton.

We are planning a new competition between an Academy Team versus the County Under 14’s squad. The Academy team will be confirmed shortly and I think we will give the Under 14’s a run for their money. If you would like to join us and support the Academy the event is being held on 17th August at South Herefordshire Golf Club.

Watch out for more news of the Academy 2011/12 selection days which are planned for September.”

Some of the Competitors in the 2011 Academy Challenge





Peter Dangerfield, Academy coach working with this year's advanced squad and professional at Minchinhampton Old Course Golf Club, has been awarded the status of Fellow of the Professional Golfers` Association

This award is in respect of his work in developing the game for 25 years in Denmark plus continuing to set high standards in coaching the game at Minchinhampton Old Course, both for the club golfer and the GloucestershireCounty Junior Academy.

Special note was also made of the construction of his website and his recently published instruction book “30 Ways To Improve Your Golf

As a Qualified Professional there are six: grades 1. A 2. AA 3.Advanced 4. Fellow, 5. Advanced Fellow and 6. Master

The Council making the awards consists of long standing members of the PGA, representatives from the R & A, the golf industry, an advisor from the University sector and two senior members of the PGA staff. On their recommendations The PGA Board of Directors sanctioned Peter`s elevation at a recent Board Meeting

 “This is a very proud moment for me in my golf career. I intend to be active for another 10 years attending as many courses as possible to keep up with the constant change in golf technology, especially on the teaching and coaching side of golf,” said an obviously delighted Peter.

( Note:In Gloucestershire we have Sarah Claridge, Tom Gillespie, Justyn Branton and Jon Skuse in the Advanced bracket. .Noel Boland, Peter Dangerfield, John Hansel and Jon Parker are Fellows. Richard Jewel is an Advanced Fellow and Nicky Lumb Snr. is Master in the retail sector.

All Professionals in the above brackets are recognised for their skills ie Retail, coaching, management, club fitting etc.)




June 5th 2011

Every golfer knows that, although the rest of the week may be warm and sunny, your special golf day tends to be wet and cold!

So it was for Peter Dangerfield’s Academy group when they met at Minchinhampton (New) today (June 5th).

But in the words of CDO Debbie Casling: “They were awesome!”





April 17th 2011

Academy Head Coach, Jonathan Skuse, reported that “Good weather has allowed all of the groups to get an early outing onto the course. Because of this, many players are mastering their ‘on course’ skills and so have managed to reduce their handicaps.”

The fourth session for Peter Dangerfield’s ‘advanced’ group of 13 youngsters, aged between 14 and 16 years who had already completed a year with the Academy, was held in early April.

“It was a great success as all 13 boys have shown some grit and
determination and have tried the changes that were suggested in the first
session,” Peter said.

“Their full swings are now orderly and they know exactly what to work
on. The next session is on the 8th May and will be at Minchinhampton New Course
where bunker shots will be analysed and worked on.

”And we couldn’t have done without our CDO, Debbie Casling, with her
questionaires for the boys and her never failing humour!”




ACADEMY Update February 2011

Now that the Gloucestershire County Junior Academy is in its second year, it is constantly evolving to meet the changing needs of its participants.

As head coach, Jonathan Skuse, explained at the end of the selection process: “The age range has been broadened from the original 9 -15 years to include the younger players, i.e. 7-8 year olds to capture some of that developing early talent, and the ‘late developers’, aged 16 plus, bringing the Academy in line with other national initiatives being undertaken with this older group.

“It was also clearly identified at our selection days that there was a group of players, 13 in total, which stood out from the crowd. These students had attended the Academy for a year, hold handicaps and were in the 14/16 yrs bracket and hence have the potential of playing at county level in the under 14’s and under 16’s group.

“These youngsters were invited to become members of an advanced group to be coached by Peter Dangerfield, an experienced and knowledgeable Coach, who will be able to develop further and prepare these players for what is seen as inevitable progress to county level.

“Peter will undertake his squad days at Minchinhampton GC Old and New Courses to take advantage of the available facilities at each venue. This group of players will follow an adapted programme which will seek to challenge and further develop their Academy achievements of the past year.”

Peter Dangerfield reports that “These players have already shown they are up to the challenge!

“They have been filmed at the Minchinhampton Old Course Indoor Golf Centre with videos being sent to all players with reports written onto the Smart Pro Coaching website ( a truly great golf communication website between pupil, Academy Coach and Home Coach).

“We have also introduced the pupils to the Tomi Professional Putting Analysis System and taken them to the Personal Best Studio in Woodchester
under the watchful eye of Simon Sveder-Caine, for some fitness education!

”The course will take in the best part of nine months and it is hoped that some of these
players will eventually be selected for the under 14 and 16 county squads.”

So, despite this winter’s bad weather disrupting some of the Academy’s early sessions, Jonathan Skuse is excited about the year to come:

“The academy is looking forward to 2011 with the Rules and Etiquette Workshops scheduled for February 22nd at The Bristol and 24th at Brickhampton. Both running from 10am – 12 noon. These promise to be an informative, fun and interactive session. The County Boys and Girls have also been invited.

“We are also able to confirm that the inter-squad tournament has been confirmed for July 17th and will be taking place at Brickhampton.

“An aim for this year is to further develop the links between the Academy and the County coaching to ensure that there is a smooth transition for the best players and I’ve been forging links with the Under 14’s county coaches and hope that these links continue and strengthen as they enable the Academy and county coaching to work alongside and complement each other.

“The Academy is going from strength to strength and I’m excited that this year will be another promising year. It gives me great pleasure to see the Academy players developing and improving session on session and I look forward to seeing more players progressing further with their golfing careers.”

 Fitness with Peter Dangerfield's Group






Sessions for Academy players, members of the U14 and U16 squads and members of Gloucestershire Girls' Golf, will be held at The Bristol GC on February 22nd and at Brickhampton Court GC on February 24th. Sessions to run from 10 am - 12 noon

December 2010

The Selection Days for the Winter Academy took place in October -- for the north at Brickhampton Court and for the south at The Bristol and Hambrook Driving Range. We thank all three venues – as always we were able to use their top class facilities for little or no cost.

From these Selection Days 44 players, some new faces plus some who had attended previous academies, were chosen to be a part of the winter programme. They were divided into five squads across Gloucestershire relating primarily to their geographic location and age.

Jonathan Skuse, Head Coach of the Academy, was pleased to note an increase in the number of girls in the Academy.

“I hope we will continue to develop the interest of this group of players,” he said. “The age range for selection days has also been broadened, from 9-15 years, to include the younger players, i.e. 7-8 year olds, to capture some of that developing early talent. And we have also looked at the 16+ youngsters, who have maybe developed their golfing interest and skills a little later than others. This way we are bringing the Academy in line with other national initiatives being undertaken with this older group.

“The structure of the Academy has been developed and we will run one programme comprising of six Academy sessions between November and June. We will also offer a session on rules and etiquette and finish with the inter-squad challenge in July. The Academy sessions will be held at The Bristol, Brickhampton, Hambrook, The Kendleshire and Thornbury. The support of all of these venues is valued and key to the continued success of the Academy. “

Skuse also pointed out “that the selection days had clearly identified one group of young players, 12 in total, who stood out from the crowd. They had attended the Academy for a year, held a handicap and were under 14 years old -- and hence had the potential of playing at county level in the under 14’s group.

They were invited to become members of an advanced group to be coached together by Peter Dangerfield, an experienced and knowledgeable coach, who will be able to further develop and prepare these players for what is seen as inevitable progress to county level.

Peter (pictured right with PGA level 1 volunteer Jo Hodge) will undertake his squad days at Minchinhampton – Old and New -- to take advantage of the available facilities at each venue. This group of players will follow an adapted programme to others on the Academy which will seek to challenge and further develop what they have already achieved whilst attending the Academy previously.”

The current Coaching team of Jonathan Skuse, Paul Gravell, and Justyn Branton has been joined by Bruce Wilson and Tom Gillespie who join the Academy for the first time thus extending the Coaching methods encouraged by the Academy to as many Coaches across the County. Each of the coaches will be supported by a PGA Level 1 coach whose time and commitment is valued by the players, coaches and organisers of the Academy.

The first Academy days have been completed and the feed back has been good –the sessions have been successful, enjoyable and challenging!


Partnership CDO, Debbie Casling, had just one thing to add: “Next year we will have team sweaters for our Academy players!”                                        





Success! ..... When writing in July, I said that ‘the aim of this programme has been to identify the most promising young talent within the County and through innovative coaching sessions support them to become prospective players in the County youth team in the future’.

Well the future is here with 12 of the Academy pupils being selected to go forward for the County winter coaching programme for the Under 14’s and Under 16’s. Congratulations to the individuals in this group. We’ll miss you but wish you all the best – keep up the hard work. Furthermore there was significant improvement noted in many of the players of the summer months and most certainly there is County talent for the future.

During the first Summer Academy we have taken the latest teaching tools out onto the course allowing the Players to develop their skills in all aspects of the game. The feedback received from the players has been very positive with the on course sessions being a valued aspect of the Academy. The Summer Academy concluded with the very first inter-squad competition (see below), and whilst it was thwarted by weather it allowed some of the players to have their first experience of a competitive match and it is something that we will work on and improve for the future.

We will be seeing some of the Academy veterans coming back for our Winter Academy and what we hope will be new talent previously unseen. We have two selection days planned: the North will be held on 24th October 2010 at Brickhampton and in the South on 31st October 2010 venues to be confirmed.

There will be some developments in the programme from last winter but I will issue my usual guarantee of a fun learning experience for all players. There will be coaching tailored to individual needs and designed to compliment any 1:1 coaching already taking place and assist others not receiving coaching to access coaching local to them.

I would like to take this opportunity to extend a heartfelt thank you for the hospitality received from Brickhampton, Sherdons, Thornbury,The Kendleshire and The Bristol Golf Clubs. Also many thanks to the Volunteers  and Professionals without whose support and expertise, respectively, we would be lost. This is also the time to offer a special Thank You to Debbie Casling, County Development Officer, Gloucestershire County Golf Partnership, as without her hard work behind the scenes there would be no Gloucesterhsire Academy for us all to enjoy.

We look forward to have the talented players from the Summer Academy returning in the Winter with the hope of also finding new stars. I am confident that the next Golf Stars for Gloucestershire will have been through the Academy.

Jonathan Skuse
Head Coach of Gloucestershire Golf Academy


Press release September 6th 2010

Nothing could dampen the spirits of the youngsters at yesterday's 'end of summer academy' match played on the par 3 course at Thornbury Golf Club...... as Academy head coach, Jonathan Skuse, reports:

"This year saw the first Intersquad competition of the Gloucestershire Academy coming together at Thornbury Golf Club. After a spectacular summer the final event needed to overcome some late summer showers.

Thirty-five dedicated and talented young players arrived to face the challenge ranging in age from 7 to 15years. Some great golf was enjoyed by all and a fiercely fought battle between the North and the South squads. The teams were evenly balanced and it was a closely fought match coming down to the final and youngest players to clinch the deal. The North took the match on 7 points to 5 to win the competition.

The players took up the challenge in good spirit and were a credit to themselves and the Academy. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Academy players who, with the support of their parents and families have made this summer a success. I would also like to take this time to thank Thornbury for the warm welcome they gave us today.

I look forward to meeting many of the youngsters again for the Winter Academy to build on the fantastic playing that I had the pleasure to witness today."


Jonathan Skuse

Gloucestershire Academy Head Coach


Players on Match Day






From Jonathan Skuse, Gloucestershire Academy Head Coach
July 18th 2010

The aim of the Academy programme is to identify the most promising young talent within the county and, through innovative coaching sessions, support them to become prospective players in the county youth teams in the future.

We have used the latest teaching tools developed by Golf England; creating a player profile which identifies areas for development and activities to enhance learning and skills. A fun learning experience is guaranteed with coaching tailored to the individual needs of the player.

The programme is designed to compliment any 1:1 coaching already taking place and assist others not receiving coaching to access coaching local to them.

This is the second Gloucestershire Academy series with many of the players from our Winter programme returning and joining new players. The Summer programme has, as promised, offered monthly sessions from May to September 2010.

There was an improved standard observed during the selection days and 48 players were selected for the Summer Academy.

The sessions are being led by a team of six PGA qualified coaches selected for their knowledge and expertise in training young players. They are supported by a team of dedicated and trained volunteers.

The coaching standard is high and we have again been able to offer players high quality coaching and can successfully report several of the players have reduced their handicaps since being involved with the Academy.

During this Academy we have been able to benefit from the SmartPro website developed by Sarah Claridge,  which has enabled improved communication between players and their Academy coaches and access to the latest online coaching tools.

We were able to enjoy the earlier fabulous weather and superb venues and to give players  on-course coaching. The Coaches have reported that they have individuals who hold promise for the future and will develop into County players and beyond.

We will see all these new found skills at the end of programme at the Inter Squad Tournament we are  holding at Thornbury on 5th September 2010.

The forward thinking never ceases, and plans are already underway for the Winter programme for 2010, with Winter selection days planned for October. We hope to have the best talent from the Summer Academy returning in the Winter with the hope of also finding new stars.

With the first two Academy programmes being such a huge success we are confident that the next golf star for Gloucestershire will have been through the Academy.


April 2010

Seventy-eight  youngsters attended  the Selection Days and 48 were chosen to attend the Summer Academies being held at Sherdons GC, Brickhampton Court GC, Thornbury GC, The Kendleshire GC and The Bristol GC.

The emphasis will be on playing, nutrition and fitness so the Academy Professionals have been in training!

To finish the Summer Programme in September we will be holding a squad tournament where all the teams will get to play against each other.

Here is what Academy Head Coach, Jonathan Skuse (pictured), had to say about the coming programme:

"The Summer Programme will run monthly sessions from May to September 2010. Although there will be similarities to the Winter Programme, we will take advantage of the anticipated summer weather and incorporate more ‘on course’ coaching and playing including an end of programme tournament. These sessions will be led by a team of eight PGA qualified coaches selected for their knowledge and expertise in training young players. They are also supported by a team of dedicated and trained volunteers.

The aim of the programme is to identify the most promising young talent within the county and through innovative coaching sessions support them to become prospective players in the county youth team in the future.

We have used the latest teaching tools developed by Golf England. These begin by creating a player profile which identifies areas for development and activities to enhance learning and skills. A fun learning experience is guaranteed with coaching tailored to the individual needs of the player. The programme is designed to compliment any 1:1 coaching already taking place and assist others not receiving coaching to access coaching local to them.

We are looking forward to a successful year coaching some of the brightest young talent in the County – growing our own international Golf Superstar of the future."

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