David Brooks is very close to the pinnacle of the coach education pathway in UK Sport. He is currently studying for a Masters level postgraduate degree in Sports Coaching with the University of Birmingham (U of B), having already completed a postgraduate diploma in same subject. David is also part of a small, select group of coaches who are the first to go through to the final stages of the new PGA Level 4 qualification, hopefully to be completed by the end of 2014. If successful, this group of coaches will be the first in the sport of golf to achieve this UKCC recognised expert coaching status.
The Coach Education Pathway for Golf – The Professional Golfers’ Association
For more information on this pathway please contact the PGA through www.pga.info.
The driver behind the PGA developing its Level 4 coaching award under UKCC guidance and in conjunction with the University of Birmingham was developing coaches who can adopt a critical approach to their coaching practice. This coach can then apply postgraduate level research methods and thinking to their own behaviour as a coach, and ultimately then the performance of their players. Coaches who have completed the PG Dip/MSc and Level 4 coaching award should be well placed to influence the direction of the sport of golf by challenging and informing current, and future practice.
The School of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Birmingham is recognised as one of the leading of its kind in Europe. Indeed, the University of Birmingham has been awarded the status of University of the Year for 2013-14 by The Sunday Times.
For any further information on the MSc in Sports Coaching on offer from the University of Birmingham please refer to www.birmingham.ac.uk.