LGA Launches New Academy At Stoke Park and Puts On Elite Coaching Summit for Instructors
This past month at LGA’s new European Headquarters, over 20 elite and aspiring coaches were in attendance for the inaugural LGA Elite Coaching Summit. The summit was hosted by Leadbetter’s newest academy, Stoke Park. Bringing in coaches from France, Spain, Germany, Norway and the UK and producing a combined 718 years of coaching experience equaled great success for the inaugural event.
The day began with Leadbetter painting a picture of where his coaching career started – hurdles he’s gone through and the great successes he’s had. Following Leadbetter’s speech, world-renowned Biochemist, J.J. Rivet, demonstrated applied biomechanics in live sessions with the full spectrum of golfers - a professional, amateur and junior golfer.
As the day progressed, one of LGA’s finest, Andrew Nicholson, presented on elite junior development showcasing the journey he went through developing European Tour winner and top 100 in the world player, Chris Paisley. Nicholson demonstrated the difference between his pre-season, during the season and post-season training plan fully incorporating his holistic approach to long-term player development.
The jam-packed day of holistic learning ended with a former international soccer player, Paul McVeigh, bringing a non-golfers approach to the summit as he discussed his take on the performing mind.
Our Visiting Speakers and Instructors had Great Things to Say About the Event
“It was an absolute pleasure to work with Leadbetter and staff at LGA during the LGA Elite Coaching Summit at Stoke Park. The quality of the coaches, speakers and delegate engagement showed a true commitment to continuous improvement for the game of golf,” said McVeigh.
Planned by LGA’s Director of instruction, Stuart Clayton, the inaugural LGA Elite Coaching Summit at Stoke Park was a tremendous success.
“Here at LGA, we pride ourselves on developing world-class coaches and continuing to grow the game. This summit was a fantastic example of creating the correct environment and opportunity for coaches around the globe.”
“At LGA we have a fantastic instructor training program that encompasses all Leadbetter’s holistic approach to instruction. The summit was a perfect complement to showcase that we are not method teachers but we have the skills and tools to treat each player as an individual and adapt David’s techniques to suit,” said Clayton.
The Director of the Spanish Federation of Golf, Enrique Martín Durán, was also in attendance for the day.
“I would like to thank LGA and Stuart Clayton for hosting the training day we had at Stoke Park. It is very extremely rewarding to observe the group of instructors showing interest in continual training, sharing their impressions of the game and discussing their point of view. LGA has a defined strategy around continuing to educate and hire the best professionals and achieve a holistic view on the teaching and training of this sport. Without a doubt, I believe that their success lies in their constant search for the best resources. As someone who is responsible for training coaches in my country, I strongly support these type of summits,” said Durán.
We thank everyone who took the time to attend our event and look forward to hosting many more throughout the world for years to come.