Last updated: July 2022
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Golf Education and Coach Development
I juggle my working time between roles in international and national golf education.
On the international scale, since February 2020 I have been working for the Confederation of Professional Golf (CPG), an umbrella organisation for national PGAs worldwide. I am developing various projects in the golf education space – such as running a national education recognition scheme, setting up an international Learning Institute hosted on a world-class Learning Management System, or delivering EDUGOLF (2021-2023) – an EU Commision Erasmus+SPORT funded international collaborative partnership project aiming to modernise education and training in golf. 10 international partners are involved in this project.
On national (Polish) front, since May 2019 I have been working as the Director of Education for the PGA of Poland, managing the training of Polish golf coaching workforce, designing and implementing a new education structure developed jointly with the Polish Golf Union, and tutoring students at coaching courses.
I am also involved in the work of the Polish PGA as its Board Member, as well as the Polish Golf Union as vice-chair of the Coaches’ Committee and consultant.
Through the Polish Institute of Sport I became a certified ICCE (International Council for Coaching Excellence) Coach Developer.
I’ve been a golfer since I was 12, and played in the Polish Junior National Squad (I wasn’t very good).
I studied in the UK and graduated from BSc Applied Golf Management Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK – as the first, and so far the only, Polish graduate. I went on to graduate from part-time MSc Sport Coaching.
I turned professional in 2013 and gained coaching experience at many clubs, including Leadbetter Golf Academy at La Manga Club in Spain. I shadowed many coaches, and attended a number of in-person and live workshops and courses. I became a member of the PGA of Poland.
I held Teaching Professional and Junior Golf Coordinator positions at a number of local golf clubs, but most importantly my home club Binowo Park Golf Club. I specialised in junior, beginner and recreational coaching.
In 2018-2019 I worked as an Assistant Coach to the Polish National Team. The experience further re-assured me that I did not want to work in high-performance sport.
In 2019 I created a “Long-term golf coaching program” for the Polish Golf Union, a junior coaching framework for sport schools and golf clubs in Poland.
In 2020 I was a regional junior squad coach (coordinator).
Coaching-wise I was mostly interested in participation development, junior coaching, sport pedagogy and practice planning. A big fan of joyful golf and unique practice strategies. Allergic to grass, golf myths and the ban on jeans at golf clubs.
I’m no longer actively coaching golf.
I have written for the following outlets:
- EduGolf.pl blog – golf-related and instructional articles (in Polish)
- ParticipationCoaching blog – coaching blog (in English)
- Golf & Roll – biggest Polish quarterly golf magazine – golf-related articles (in Polish)
- Magazyn PGA Polska – PGA Polska’s biannual printed golf magazine
Edu Golf channel – for a few years I recorded and edited instructional golf videos in Polish. It is the biggest golf YouTube channel in Poland with over 60000 video views.
My favourite (and last) video from this channel is this 15-minute introduction to golf.
I also have a personal channel – some quirky video projects and videos from personal trips.
I’m using an iPhone XS Max and Canon EOS 80D to record (most often with Canon EF-S 10-18mm), Rode VideoMic Pro to catch sound, and Final Cut Pro to edit.
Participation Coaching Podcast – I did a bunch of interviews with expert coaches in the junior, beginner and recreational spaces, as I couldn’t find any high quality content and advice on how to become a best participation coach possible.
Used a Blue Yeti USB microphone to record, GarageBand to edit, Auphonic for post, SoundCloud for hosting and Blubrry for distribution.
Learning and research
At some point in the future I may consider searching for PhD opportunities in the area of (?) coach education and development.
Studies I’ve done so far:
- Investigation into developmental journeys of polish talented golfers (BSc dissertation)
- Beginner golfers’ perceptions of Nonlinear Pedagogy (MSc dissertation, to be published)
Follow me on ResearchGate.
Some of my favourite digital games: Uncharted series, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Burnout: Paradise, Mirror’s Edge, Journey.
Some of my favourite tabletop games: Codenames, Neuroshima Hex, chess.
Don’t have too much time to play these days.
Sports is pure recreation for me.
Now: climbing, golf, e-biking.
Sometimes: ultimate frisbee, SUP (love it), spikeball (cool), padel, slackline, lifting weights, swimming, tennis, speedminton, badminton.
Used to: Capoeira, volleyball.