With Golf Canada’s fiscal year coming to a close at the end of the October, Golf in Schools has tallied 230 adoptions to Elementary, Intermediate, and Secondary schools across Canada. That figure translates to an additional 27,600 students being introduced to the sport on an annual basis.
The upward trend in adoptions comes following the inaugural Adopt a School Week—a nation-wide initiative launched to celebrate the collective efforts of all adoptions that take place across the country. With support from industry partners—the Provincial Associations, PGA of Canada and the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA)—Golf in Schools was donated to 58 schools during Adopt a School Week.
The campaign received significant support from the Canadian Seniors Golf Association (CSGA), who backed the initiative with a matching program to essentially double the impact of those taking the initiative to adopt in their communities.
Since the program’s inception in 2009, adoptions have accounted for close to 50% of over 3,000 registered schools delivering the curriculum. For Jeff Thompson, Golf Canada’s Chief Sport Officer, that number presents a great opportunity to build community relationships.
“With Golf in Schools adoptions, we hope to help establish the relationship between facilities and schools in communities across Canada,” said Thompson. “Establishing that link can enhance the school’s delivery of the program, while also contributing towards future membership numbers at the corresponding facility.”
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Developed by Golf Canada in partnership with the PGA of Canada and Physical Health Education (PHE) Canada, Golf in Schools is an educational curriculum delivered at the Elementary, Intermediate and High School level. Established in 2009, Golf in Schools has grown to be in over 3,000 schools across Canada, equipped with age-appropriate equipment and a teacher-friendly learning resource. As of 2015, Golf in Schools revised its lesson plans to include a Life Skills framework, integrating both interpersonal and intrapersonal skills into everyday life lessons throughout the program.