Not the greatest start to my travels thanks to the UK weather! Flight delayed from Leeds to London means a quick transfer onto the Heathrow flight to Cape Town! Very much looking forward to seeing Mark and Stephen again and to meeting and training the team they have assembled to roll out SNAG in South Africa. You will be glad to know Mark that I have packed my waterproofs and sweaters following your advice and having the opportunity to see Table Mountain snow capped will almost match the whale sighting on my last visit! See you all tomorrow on the other side if the equator!
What a fantastic turn out for our first ever SNAG training in Poland. The group of almost 30 professionals, teachers and volunteers spent almost 5 hours in the beautiful sunshine being introduced to SNAG. We covered all the basics and finished off by playing some great games. A huge thank you to Mike O’Brien for his hospitality and to say he is dedicated to his role is such an understatement! Enjoy your day off Mike, although taking me to the airport at 4am is probably not the start you may have envisaged! Next stop, Norway! See you there, but for now, as they say in Poland,do widzenia i dziękuję!
Yesterday was a great opportunity for me to not only deliver SNAG training to Scott and his team, but also a chance to see first hand the fantastic developments at one of the finest golf centres in the UK. i-KANGC have been involved in creating the new targets and greens on the driving range and are working alongside Scott to create a fantastic Adventure Golf Course and 9-hole Footgolf and SNAG course. I will keep you all posted as the first of the new developments open in May this year! I am currently on my way to Poland to deliver another SNAG first…not one but TWO training courses in one day. I look forward to posting the pictures tomorrow, hopefully in the warm sunshine. Happy St George’s Day!
Thursday saw me visit World of Golf, New Malden on probably the warmest UK day so far this year. The World of Golf venue is fantastic for everyone from complete beginner to experienced golfer and yesterday was a great example of their appeal. There were hundreds of people visiting to play the Adventure Golf Course, mostly people who would not even know there was a driving range on site! There were many families and grandparents with young children coming off the course… just the audience for SNAG. Jack and Emma did a fantastic job of introducing them to SNAG and thanks to their enthusiasm, they managed to not only fill all their Easter Camps but have now extended their schedule! Everyone at SNAG is pleased to be supporting World of Golf in their mission to take people from Adventure Golf to the driving range, a great project that could benefit many venues around the UK. Well done to all.
February saw me deliver SNAG training courses in some of the hottest and coldest places in the world! Firstly, I made a return visit to Lagos, Nigeria. It was exactly one year since my last visit and things have developed considerably since then. A record number of 42 school teachers attended the three day course, hosted by SNAG’s Nigerian distributor 2AT Limited. The most amazing fact was that NONE of the teachers had ever played golf before! 2AT Limited, a Lagos-based sports management firm are partnering the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board and the Lagos State Amateur Golf Association to grow the game in the state. The programme commenced with a 2-day SNAG Training Course held at Astro Turf 2000, Ikoyi. The course was specially designed to help physical education teachers from the 20 Local Government Education Authorities in the state to deliver the programme successfully within the school setting. With the ‘Let’s Play Golf in Schools’ initiative, children in the state are to be introduced to golf every year by taking SNAG into public primary schools. I was joined by the Director of Schools Sports for the State, Mrs Grace Asagba, who, having taken part in one of the sessions, said “We are willing to support the teaching of golf in public schools all the way in the state,”…music to my ears!