OMAN GOLF COMMITTEE WRAPS UP OPENING PHASE OF SCHOOL INITIATIVE

Following its successful development squad programme, the Oman Golf Committee (OGC) has now wrapped up the opening phase of its new school programme.

The first phase, comprising orientation and training of schoolkids, lasted six weeks between October-November at The Sultan’s School in Muscat.

The next six-week phase will take place in January-February. The initiative comes following a recent tie-up between the OGC and Muscat Hills Golf and Country Club to tap talented children from Oman’s schools and nurture them for the junior national teams.

In order to draw Omani kids towards the sport of golf, the OGC has also subsidised its school programme by 50 per cent. Jade Lucas, the PGA Pro from Muscat Hills who is in charge of the training the kids, said, “I had written to some of the schools here, proposing the programme. Some of them took interest, some didn’t. So we approached those who were keen. I approached The Sultan’s School and they readily agreed upon sending their students for golf classes as an after-school activity.”

The children picked up the basics of golf in the first six-week phase. After a round of evaluation, some from that batch will be picked for the next phase of training. “The response from the students has been very good. They are enjoying the game and showing a lot of interest. For them, it is more of a fun thing now and we are making it fun initially so that the kids can take it up easily,” said Jade.

Abdullah al Hashmi, a sixth grade student of The Sultan’s School who took part in the first phase that concluded recently, said, “I didn’t know much about golf before. I only used to watch it on TV. Now I am taking interest after having come to know how it really feels to hold a golf club. It’s fun. I am enjoying it very much.”

Nouah Haddad, a fifth grade student at The Sultan’s School, said, “I couldn’t ever think of getting the opportunity to play golf. There could be nothing like this, getting to play the sport at my school ground itself.”

Mundhir al Barwani, the OGC chairman, said, “We are delighted to introduce the school programme. Golf not only makes you fit, but it also helps in building up your character and lifestyle, which is our message to the kids and the parents.” The programme will run throughout the year in phases.

SOURCE: MUSCAT DAILY

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