In order to develop world class golfers who are looking to compete at the highest level, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is investing in grassroots golf and pushing National Junior Programmes. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club is one of the proud co-hosts of the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) Junior and Ladies Winter Camp, designed to help promising young Emirati golfers improve their game.
The Junior and Ladies Winter Camp is taking place from December 17th – January 5th and is part of Dubai Golf’s long-standing commitment to the EGF’s National Junior Development Programme (NJDP). Week one is focused on the National Under 18 Team and Ladies Squad, week two is a mixed squad training and week three will focus on the Foundation Squad with kids from 8 to13 years old.
“This is an important time of year for the UAE National Golf Programme. With the start of 2018 upon us, we want to provide a platform that will create a good foundation for the upcoming year. Dubai Golf has been a key part of developing our National Programme, especially when it comes to the juniors. These three weeks of training continues to show Dubai Golf’s commitment to national golf development,” said Khalid Mubarak Al Shamsi – Secretary General of the Emirates Golf Federation.
The aim is to prepare golfers for the GCC Golf Championships in March, where the UAE will compete against other countries in the region. The players are also using this camp as a springboard for the EGF Order of Merit – an eight month long season with different competitive tournaments at 14 golf clubs in the UAE. EGF Order of Merit events include the Omega Dubai Creek Men’s Amateur Open (5th and 6th January at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club) and Omega Emirates Amateur Open (11th and 12th January at Emirates Golf Club).
The camp training is taking place at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club’s world-class facilities, the new home of the Peter Cowen Academy Dubai. The players will be taking part in a strict schedule of strength and conditioning sessions at the FitLab gym, which will focus on creating a strong fitness programme for 2018. Lead by National Junior and Ladies Coach Samir Wallani, this camp will help provide a structured schedule for the upcoming year.
The Peter Cowen Academy Dubai based at both Dubai Creek and Emirates Golf Club continues to feed players into the NJDP, with over 30 junior golfers from the two clubs currently in the Development Programme. Supported by the Emirates Golf Federation, Junior Emirati players are allowed to take part in the programme and enjoy access to the Par 3 course on a complimentary basis. The hope is that these golfers may develop in to players on the global golf tours.