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12th November 2009

Essex based PGA Professionals, David Brooks and Chris Jenkins, have been appointed by the English Golf Union (EGU) as England Regional Coaches with responsibility for the East Region.

Chris Jenkins & David Brooks
Chris Jenkins and David Brooks

The role encompasses performance coaching for a squad of the most talented golfers in the region between the ages of 14 and 18. Thanks to the upcoming opportunities in the new AASE scheme (Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence) this will be expanded with a second regional squad of 16 to 20 year olds and hence the need for two coaches. The AASE scheme is still in its infancy but will be developed by the EGU and the regional managers and coaches over the next couple of months.

The majority of the coaching sessions will take place at the EGU National Training Centre at Woodhall Spa and involve development in all areas of performance including golf specific technical skill, fitness, psychology and strategy.

David Brooks is a PGA Advanced Professional who coaches full time at The Warren Golf Club where he is the Head Professional. He has fulfilled the role of Essex County Coach since 1998, and is personal coach to a broad range of golfers from both the amateur and professional game.

David is also retained by the PGA National Training Academy at The Belfry to tutor on the residential courses delivered to assistant golf professionals enrolled on the PGA Foundation Degree. This role involves tutoring on all theoretical and practical aspects of golf coaching, and the integration of Sports Science into player development programmes.

Chris Jenkins, who is based at Crowlands Heath Golf Club, is an advanced member of the PGA and has received widespread recognition for his work in developing young golfers. He became personal coach to Oliver Fisher in 1996 when Oliver was aged nine, and guided him through to his entry onto the European Tour in 2007. During his time with Chris as his coach, Oliver broke a number of amateur and professional records including the youngest golfer to play in the Walker Cup and the youngest Englishmen to gain a European Tour card. Oliver achieved a ranking of 51st on the European Tour Order of Merit in 2008.

Chris has brought this experience to the role of Essex County Coach, a position he has fulfilled since 2006.

Peter Mattsson, EGU Director of Coaching, feels very confident and positive about the new regional coaches. "For the first time we used an open advertising and recruitment process to appoint a coach to our regional programme. The number of highly qualified coaches that applied and the talent that those interviewed displayed absolutely blew us away. To be able to appoint two as experienced, highly motivated and extremely skilful coaches as Chris and David will no doubt give the future England players the best possible opportunities to go forward and it will ensure that the East Region continues to build upon the good work done by previous coach Paul Ashwell."

Picture shows left to right Chris Jenkins and David Brooks

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