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Golf goes to school

With the Sports Initiation Program, the schools of Cordoba were able to include golf during the physical activity that is dictated on an extended day.


About three years ago the Córdoba Sports Agency, the Golf Federation of the Province of Córdoba, the Confederation of Sports and the Ministry of Education agreed on a project. It is called a Sports Initiation Program, for it schools throughout the province could include golf. Organizing extended days.

One of the teachers working from the Federation on this project is Héctor Castillo. The founder of “La Escuelita de la Villa” in Villa Allende responsible for the popular teaching of golf. This project lasted from 2002 to 2006. But in that short term it caused a significant impact on the environment. From there came Joaquín Pérez , who started there and graduated from a university in the United States. And it was thanks to a scholarship he won as a golfer.

Héctor is part of a family linked to golf by the Cordoba Golf Club of Villa Allende and its history. He says that “axis one is dictated by Pierino Galli and Gustavo Guzmán and I on axis two. Pierino this year 2019 trained 220 Physical Education teachers, who according to the regulations are the only ones who can teach in primary schools. In 2019 we have already taught 6,000 children from public schools. Next year, the same programme is expected to be introduced in private schools. In Córdoba there are 42 golf courses of which only 24 have a junior school.”

Castillo gives more data to certify as is growing activity thanks to this program: “Only two years ago we have a detailed census of minors (7 to 13 years old). This year there are 404 without handicap and 370 children enrolled, a significant increase over last year. Of course many. still not enrolled, but good is only his first year in this sport. Before there was no census, now if you take certain numbers. Cordoba has 5 thousand Handicaps in total and after the metropolitan, ours is the largest Federation. The amount of players has not fallen, on the contrary, rose 10% compared to 2018”.

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The education in schools is basic. How to stand in front of the ball, how to take the stick and movements. And Hector clarifies: “Les we give games for you to learn how to lift the ball. Roll it, play with the putter, the essentials. They are used tennis balls so there are no accidents.”

The places where there is greatest growth are those where there is traditionally no golf. So it has grown a lot in the region of San Francisco, Morteros, Las Rods, Axis Cross, Clavero Mine.

So golf in the province keeps growing.


Publication Date: 04/02/2020

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