Future Links Golf in Schools - In-School Visit

Future Links Golf in Schools –  In-School Visit

Program Purpose: 
The Future Links, driven by Acura Field Trip program is an initiative to transition Future Links Golf in Schools participants to Future Links, driven by Acura ‘active’ sites across Canada. Future Links Golf in Schools is a program, offered by Golf Canada, to all Elementary and high schools in the country.  By registering for the program, schools are provided with the necessary resources (equipment, curriculum and training) which enables teachers to integrate golf into their ongoing, day to day teaching curriculum and meet the learning outcomes required by their respective Boards of Education.

The In-School Visit Program

Local PGA of Canada professionals and Community Golf Coaches visit schools in their area to build on the existing Future Links Golf in Schools (GIS) programming being delivered.  Elementary schools already have the full GIS equipment package, which includes plastic irons and putters, foam balls, cones, marker flags, putting cups, make-a-hoops, surface tees, and foot-tees.  Intermediate schools have the gull GIS equipment package, wh
ich includes foam irons and putters, hard foam balls, tees and hitting mats. High schools have the full GIS equipment package, which includes irons and putters, hard foam balls, tees and hitting mats. All levels of GIS have the curriculum piece. Professionals can utilize the program materials to lead a lesson and or assist the teacher with the delivery of the program. 

The In-School Visit Grant

In order to assist with the costs involved with visiting a school, Golf Canada will provide grants to PGA of Canada members.  The $150 grant helps to offset any costs to the professional for his/her time in the classroom.  Money can be spent on initiatives such as transportation, cost of professional’s teaching time, prizes for the students, in addition to any other facets that the professional would believe to be beneficial for his/her time at the school.  In order to receive the grant, PGA members must be at an active Future Links, driven by Acura site and the school visited must be a registered GIS site. 

New this year, an application deadline will be enacted: applications must be received by January 23.  All applications will be reviewed at that time and applicants will be notified by January 26 as to how many grants they will be awarded.  Grants will be awarded based on demand and applicants will be placed on a waiting list depending on availability. They will be subsequently notified if/when a grant becomes available.

It will be communicated that all in school visits are to be completed by June 1st.  Historically, most in school visits have happened prior to summer vacation, with very few happening in the fall months.  Applicants are to notify Golf Canada prior to this date if they will not be using their grant or if their visit is in fact taking place in September/October.  If Golf Canada does not hear from the applicant and the June date passes, the grant will be forfeited and given to someone on the waiting list.  A waiting list will be set up for any facilities who are interested in a grant but who did not apply in time to receive one; they will be contacted in numerical order if grants become available.

* Please note that clubs are able to apply for as many grants as they feel necessary (In-school or Field trip)