Junior Golf Development Centres: Behind the shield

A joint initiative between Golf Canada, the PGA of Canada and the Provincial Golf Associations, National Junior Golf Development Centres (NJGDC) are recognized as facilities that deliver premium, engaging environments for junior golfers aged 6–18.

To receive the shield, along with the added benefits and promotional perks, facilities are required to meet a set list of minimum standards.

New in 2016, each facility must staff at least one PGA of Canada coach that is certified within the Coach of New Competitor or Developing Competitor context of the National Coaching Certification Plan (NCCP).  For Jeff Thompson, Golf Canada’s Chief Sport Officer, the decision comes at an important time for the initiative and for junior golf altogether.

“NJGDCs were created to showcase facilities that demonstrate the drive to deliver Long-Term Player Development compliant programming through expert PGA of Canada coaching,” he said. “We started with requiring a trained coach but as the initiative evolved, we enhanced the standards to include certified coaches leading the programming”.

Thompson went on to elaborate that the emphasis of the initiative lies primarily with programming and coaching over all else.

“This initiative is aimed at highlighting those committed to providing playground to podium programming that can accommodate juniors of all abilities and desires.  From those picking up a club for the first time through to those who are more serious about pursuing competitive golf—NJGDCs are structured to support a player’s full development.”

All NJGDCs are leaders in delivering Long-Term Player Development compliant programming, including CN Future Links, Learn to Compete and ongoing relationships with Golf in Schools sites.

Looking to find a NJGDC in your area? Visit the Golf Canada Juniors website.