Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

April 07, 2005 11:54 ET

APPLICATION BRINGS GOLF INTO THE NATIONAL COACHING CERTIFICATION

Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 7, 2005) - The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) announced today that the joint application submitted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) and the Canadian Professional Golfers' Association (CPGA) has been accepted into the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). The joint application by the RCGA and the CPGA marks golf as the 65th national sport federation committed to creating a quality coach training and certification program.

"We are very excited that the sport of golf has joined the NCCP. With 65 sports delivering NCCP-approved coach training and certification programs, more and more Canadians will be impacted by coaches who have received quality coach training," announced John Bales, President of the Coaching Association of Canada. "Golf is an extremely popular sport in Canada and we are looking forward to working with the RCGA and the CPGA to provide NCCP training and certification to golf coaches and instructors across Canada."

The NCCP is offered across Canada in both English and French to coaches over the age of 16. Recognized as the national standard for coaching qualifications, the NCCP has provided training to more than 900,000 Canadians since its inception in 1974.

This announcement culminates months of cooperative effort by the RCGA and the CPGA to help growth in the game of golf and provide additional benefits for both associations' memberships. The partnership also demonstrates the visionary commitment for the development of athletes and coaches in the sport of golf in Canada.

"As the governing body of golf in Canada the RCGA has worked very closely with our CPGA partner throughout this process," states Jeff Thompson, RCGA Managing Director of Player and Program Development. "We're thrilled about the long term synergies this has for golf. Having our sport recognized by CAC and its partners, and ultimately by Sport Canada, will go a long way into shaping golf's future for every Canadian golfer."

"CAC is recognized as a world leader in the development of coaching, education, and training and our CPGA-certified teachers and coaches will benefit from the same recognition nationally and internationally as coaches from other elite sports such as skiing and hockey. This is truly a milestone in the history of our sport and a great opportunity for CPGA and RCGA members," stated Alan Scott, President of the Canadian PGA.

For more information, please contact:

Cyndie Flett
Director, NCCP
Coaching Association of Canada
(613) 235-5000 ext. 9-2386
cflett@coach.ca

Julie Tam
Director, Communications
Coaching Association of Canada
(613) 235-5000 ext. 9-2378
jtam@coach.ca

Michael Grobe
Senior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
(905) 849-9700 ext. 230
Cell: (905) 467-2944
mgrobe@rcga.org

Rima Katorji
Canadian PGA
(519) 853-5450 ext. 230
rima@cpga.com

The NCCP is a collaborative program of the Government of Canada, the provincial/territorial governments, the national/provincial/territorial sport federations, and the Coaching Association of Canada.

The Coaching Association of Canada is a not-for-profit amateur sport organization with the mandate to improve the effectiveness of coaching across all sports and at all levels of the sport system. Visit www.coach.ca for more information.

The Royal Canadian Golf Association is the governing body of golf in Canada representing close to 400,000 members nationwide. In addition to providing core services to it's golfing members it also conducts Canada's most prestigious golf championships. Visit www.rcga.org.

The Canadian Professional Golfers' Association is a non-profit Association comprised of approximately 3,300 golf professionals across the country with a mandate to promote and advance the game of golf serving the needs of both its membership and the golfing public through professional development programs, junior golf involvement, and high-caliber competitive events. The national office is located in Acton, Ontario with nine Zone Offices across the country. Visit www.cpga.com.

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Contact Information

  • Michael Grobe, Senior Communications Coordinator, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 230
    Secondary Phone: 905-467-2944
    Toll-Free: 800-263-0009
    E-mail: mgrobe@rcga.org