St Andrews adopts Bayern Munich ‘mentor model’ for teaching sport17th September, 2013 by Emma Williams
St Andrews Links has set up a ‘golf camp’ that is based on the work Bayern Munich carry out with young footballers.
The camp, which is designed to improve golfers’ performances, has even secured sponsorship from Allianz – the company which Bayern Munich’s home ground is named after.
The mentoring scheme involves 15 pairs of one young novice and one adult mentor, all professional coaches from St Andrews Links Golf Academy, who spend five days at the ‘home of golf’ and receive additional training from 2014 European Ryder Cup captain, Paul McGinley, and Beatriz Recari, LPGA and LET Tours player.
The camp is part of a new global initiative from Allianz called ‘Live life in full swing’.
“Allianz is a passionate supporter of golf as a way of sharing quality time with friends and family, recognising that in a fast-paced world, golf can help people stay healthy while also providing many added social benefits,” said a company spokesman.
“The golf camp is modelled on a successful football programme utilised in partnership between Allianz and European champions Bayern Munich FC.”
“I first became interested in golf thanks to my dad and we both in turn pass on what we know to my children, making golf a real family affair for the McGinleys. So I know first-hand just what a powerful thing mentoring can be in opening golf up to a new generation of player,” said Paul McGinley.
“Golf is a great sport because it is one of the few that has no boundaries – it doesn’t matter if you are male or female, young or old, expert or amateur, there is something for everyone,” said Beatriz Recari.
Allianz is also a partner of St. Leon-Rot Golf Club in Germany, creator and organiser of the junior golfing initiative, Lucky 33. This year Allianz also announced partnerships with the Women’s British Open 2013 and the Solheim Cup 2015, the most prestigious women’s golf event in the world.