The On Course Foundation works closely with the Defence Recovery Capability (DRC), set up by the Army on behalf of the three Services, and its 10 UK Personnel Recovery Units (PRUs). Servicemen and women are made aware of the Foundation’s programme and encouraged to attend one of our 1-day familiarisation events. These are held at golf clubs close to each PRU with the aim of giving those new to golf a ‘taster’ of golf and generating sufficient interest for them to commit to become active members and attend subsequent 3-day golf skills and employment training events.
At 3-day events, the attendees receive an introduction to golf, intensive golf-skills tuition and training from accredited teaching professionals Richard Harrison, David Llewellyn and Alastair Barr. Attendees also receive career advice and presentations from various sectors of the golf industry. For example, lectures have been given by greenkeepers, golf course managers, golf club management and catering personnel, and sales representatives from major companies dealing with golf merchandise.
The On Course Foundation then offers practical training through work experience placements and access to industry-specific qualifications for those who wish to pursue a career in the golf industry. The progressively structured programme builds personal esteem and self-confidence, and, on completion (with ongoing support of the Foundation), members have the skills, knowledge and confidence to find long-term employment, sourced through the Foundation.