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Coaching education weekend in Vienna

Players from the Great Britain Minigolf Sport Team recently travelled to Vienna and Eferding, Austria for a four-day minigolf training and coaching education program with Austrian Minigolf Coaches. The visit was part of a new World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) approach to establish a coaching system for training players in developing minigolf nations.

From the 19th March to 22nd March six Great Britain players underwent an intensive training programme, which included minigolf theory lessons, and playing-practice on miniaturegolf and feltgolf courses, which culminated in a three round 10-hole miniaturegolf competition between the team and a written examination on the player's understanding of the topics studied. Each of the players received a WMF Minigolf Coach Education Diploma and it is hoped that they will pass on what they have learned to beginners and fellow members of the BMGA.

This first group of Great Britain minigolf player/coaches included six Great Britain Internationals; they were Steve Gow, Jon Angel, Keith Kellard, Ruth Bullin, Chris Harding and newcomer to the Great Britain squad David Corkett.

The Captain of the Great Britain Minigolf Sport Team Steve Gow said "It was really good for the players to learn more about minigolf ball selection, spin and competition preparation. We also learned about other important elements in international competition including nutrition. It was also interesting to get a video analysis of each of our putting styles and techniques. We also learned how to transfer our knowledge of training techniques to other players, especially beginners."

The WMF granted the BMGA funding from the member projects pot, in order to assist with costs incurred to train overseas. Later this year Coaches from Austria will visit the UK in order to educate more BMGA members. This session will be open to all BMGA members who are interested in developing their minigolf coaching and playing skills. Austria are currently ranked 4th in the WMF World Rankings while Great Britain are ranked 20th.

Richard Gottfried
Photos:Willy Bauer

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