Derby College have launched a pioneering golf programme which presents students with a unique opportunity to develop their talent and skills at the same time as achieve academic qualifications.

The new and innovative Performance Golf Academy – Derby player development programme is a partnership arrangement between Derby College, Performance Golf, and Morley Hayes Golf Complex. 

Students will receive world class training and support through individually tailored golf specific training programmes which will include technical, tactical, physiological, psychological, lifestyle planning and competitive aspects of the game drawing on the vast knowledge and experience of the team at Performance Golf.

As well as receiving a tailored golf coaching programme, students will also study for two sporting qualifications to complement their sporting ability.  The BTEC National Diploma in Sport Performance and Excellence is the equivalent of three A-levels and a route to university or employment.  This will be delivered at the College’s Prince Charles Avenue and Broomfield Hall sites in Derby. 

The programme will have access to first class facilities at Morley Hayes Golf Complex, including the 18 hole championship course, nine hole Tower Course and fully equipped driving range and will benefit from the expertise and golf specific training delivered by the team at Performance Golf. 

Programme Manager Nigel Furniss explained: “The programme has started well, we have 11 students (10 male and 1 female) all highly committed to improving their golf as well as furthering their education. Already in the first 3 weeks we have witnessed massive improvements in the student’s attitude and application to their golf training programmes”.

Peter Gordon, Operations Manager for Sport at Derby College commented: “Derby College are delighted to be involved in this exciting project which presents a fantastic opportunity for any young golfer who has aspirations to take their game to the highest level and pursue a career in golf. To be able to work with such a high calibre team of coaches with a successful proven track record is quite unique here in the East Midlands.”

Student and Derbyshire County player Dean Hibbert explained: “The programme is awesome, way beyond my expectations. We are beginning to understand in great detail all the areas necessary to improve and develop in order to take our golf to the highest level possible. The quality and expertise of the coaches and support team is first class”.

Derby College will be looking to identify, interview and enrol the next group of students for the 2009 intake early in the New Year. Anyone who is aged 16 – 18 and is interested should contact either Nigel Furniss Tel: 07871 260430 or Dominic Taylor Tel: 01332 520200 for further information. Email: