The vice-president of the golf association, Adel Al Zarouni, revealed a significant increase in the number of players practicing golf in the country, citizens and residents, during the last 10 years, as it increased from 40 players listed of the federation is registered. and clubs up to 12 thousand registered players, including 9000 club members The percentage of citizens is about 10%, as he put it.
Al Zarooni told Emirates Today: “Great efforts made by the golf and club association over the last ten years have contributed to increasing the number of practitioners of this game which is foreign to our Arab societies. These efforts, programs and strategic plans, adopted during the last 10 years, have had impressive results.”
He explained: «The federation’s efforts, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education over the past two years, have also led to the introduction of the game into the school curriculum, which has greatly helped to attract large numbers of promising talents crossing the border of exceeded 6,000. players from citizens and residents, which coincided with packages provided by the clubs. Modern and widespread in various regions of the country, all of which lead to a significant increase in the number of practitioners, to record these large increases.
He added: “There are misconceptions about the game that we have managed to change, perhaps the most prominent of which is the financial cost involved, which is much less than some think, as it is a primarily (aristocratic) sport is, especially after the game proved its global distribution through its success in entering the agenda of the Olympic Games since 2016, which in itself helped to motivate parents to lead their children to practice this sport, and therefore in the last few years are reflected in performance the largest percentages in terms of increasing the number of practitioners.
And he continued: “These efforts came together with a promising strategy for the federation, through its launch years ago of its pioneering national program related to the discovery of emerging talents, which opened the door for talents who today are a difficult number in the national teams. , and achieved remarkable results, both in the Gulf and Arab championships, including For example, the player Ahmed Skaik, who is close to completing his university studies, and is working on a project for preparing for a professional Emirati player capable of competing, in addition to our young player, Rima Al-Helou, who confirmed her talent at an early age and succeeded on more than one occasion by winning the gold in winning the Golf Championships, which are the same plans, which we will continue to work on in the near future, by supplying the teams with young blood and increasing the results to the continental and reach international levels.
Al-Zarouni was of the opinion that the numbers of players turning to professionalism should be studied, according to the abilities and ability to compete, and not just its application. A competitive professional player is a first step to find other players in the coming period.
Drawing attention to the major tournaments hosted by the country, Al Zarooni said: “Certainly, the major tournaments hosted by the country have contributed to attracting the attention of citizens and residents alike, which the federation helped to promote its local and national championships. held throughout the year, which is confirmed by numbers and statistics. , that the country’s clubs host a very large number of seasonal tournaments, either for companies, or those that fall under international tournaments , and even those organized by the federation, which in total add up to 100 tournaments annually.
Benefit in births and residents
Al Zarooni said: “The involvement of UAE-born and residents in UAE golf will speed up the transition to full professionalism, and the ability to have players from the country in major world championships for professional players.”
He added: “In recent years, Emirati golf has contributed to opening the door for the names of young players from the residents to make their way to the world, succeeding in reaching the biggest tournaments, including the Indian Rayhan Thomas, who became a tough number in his country’s national team, and Britain’s Joshua Hill, who last year became the youngest player in history to be crowned an internationally accredited championship title, at the age of 15.
Confirming the presence of 12 players during the current birth period under the federation’s radar, Al-Zarouni said: “The federation has put in place its strategic plans to gain maximum benefit from the royal decision related to allowing newborns and residents to get involved in local tournaments, so that we will succeed, finally, in drawing up a list of 12 players, work will be done To hone their talent and choose the best to support the national teams.
A country born and resident player on the Golf Association’s radar
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