Golf For Children
Golf is a great game for children to learn and something they will enjoy for a lifetime. Golf NSw supports a number of initiatives for children from introducing them to the sport right through to junior elite pathways.
NSW Government Active Kids Program
The NSW Government provides up to $200 of vouchers annually to parents/guardians of school enrolled children for membership and participation programs at your local golf club.
The activity must be for no less than eight weeks’ duration, and provide a moderate to vigorous level of physical engagement.
Vouchers can be redeemed with your participating club, as membership fees or a block of coaching. Whatever your choice, your voucher will be invested in a sport your child can play for life.
Click on the Active Kids logo for more information.
MyGolf is Australia’s national junior program to develop and promote participation in golf.
Run at golf clubs and facilities across New South Wales, and delivered by accredited PGA of Australia Members and Golf Australia Community Instructors, the MyGolf program is endorsed by GolfNSW, Golf Australia and the PGA of Australia.
An introductory program to the sport, the MyGolf program is designed for 5 to 12 year old’s and is the major driver of junior golf participation in Australia.
The aim of the MyGolf program is to increase participation in golf by children and provide a fun, accessible and satisfying introduction to the sport by promoting skills development.
As well as the social and fun aspects of the sport, the MyGolf Program highlights the accessibility of the sport to all in the wider community.
There are a few simple program philosophies that the MyGolfprogram has been based around:
Above all, it’s imperative that any activity is fun and engaging for juniors to keep them involved and excited about golf. Juniors, particularly at the introductory level, are looking for fun with their friends and therefore that is the platform for which MyGolfhas been based.
Children are introduced to valuable life skills throughout the program that will not only assist them on the course but also in everyday life. Each level of the program focuses on developing two specific skills such as respect, sportsmanship and perseverance.
Using games is the best way for juniors to learn and develop skills while still having fun. The MyGolfprogram encourages learning through fun, team-based, inclusive games and activities which allow for skill repetition and progression.
The essence of the program is for juniors to enjoy golf and learn and develop new motor and life skills along the way. It’s important from the outset, regardless of age or ability, that we enforce the idea that golf is simple and easy to understand. In essence, there is one swing in golf that can be shortened or lengthened to make the ball travel different distances.
Jack Newton Junior Golf
The Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation was established in 1986 to introduce young people to the game of golf and to nurture their skills and enjoyment of the sport.
JNJG is a non-profit organisation dependent upon the support and commitment of our sponsors. Grants from the NSW Government, Golf NSW and our major fundraiser, The Jack Newton Celebrity Classic, provide the funds necessary to develop our programs.
The primary objectives of JNJG are:
- To increase the participation levels of juniors in golf throughout New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.
- To raise the profile of golf at the junior level and to the community generally.
- To introduce opportunities for participants in the sport by establishing and developing coaching camps and clinics at Regional and State levels.
- To promote junior golf competitions and tournaments;
- To develop the Community Instructor accreditation scheme and to provide quality teaching and coach at all levels.
- To ensure a sound future for the sport in New South Wales and Australia;
- To administer a scholarship scheme to provide grants to talented golfers to assist in the development of skills (and subject to the rules of the R & A).
Key initiatives of JNJG include:
- Camps and clinics for all levels of players with an emphasis on school programs to introduce young children to golf.
- Junior golf tournaments.
- Assisting clubs and regional areas in the development of junior programs. Programs for indigenous and disabled youth are also a priority.