Dubai, UAE: Global port operator DP World has again signaled its commitment to growing the game of golf at a grassroots level in the UAE region by supporting a groundbreaking initiative being led by the Emirates Golf Federation, which will introduce the sport to over 3,000 Arabic schoolchildren over the next three months.
The title sponsors behind the European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai taking place at the stunning Jumeirah Golf Estates for the eighth time from Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 November, strive to not only host one of the world’s most prestigious professional global golf events, but to support initiatives which align with their goal of bringing more Arab juniors into the sport.
The programme, which is also being supported by the European Tour and DP World Tour Championship Host Venue Jumeirah Golf Estates, will see specialist coaches from Golf DXB host ‘introduction to golf’ sessions for over 6,000 students at UAE National Schools including American Academy Al Mizar, School of Research Science, Al Itihad Al Mamzar, Sheikh Rashid School For Boys, Al Itihad Jumeirah and Al Khaleej School.
Around 180 students will also visit Jumeirah Golf Estates for the star-studded DP World Tour Championship in November where they will be given a tour of the world-class facilities before seeing the top 60 players on the European Tour Race to Dubai rankings competing in the tournament.
As a follow-up from the introductory sessions, commencing in January 2017 at least 50 schoolchildren will embark upon a four-week coaching programme to develop their skills and nurture their love of the game at facilities including the renowned European Tour Performance Institute at Jumeirah Golf Estates, home of the UAE National Golf Team, where European Tour Race to Dubai Top 10 players such as Henrik Stenson, Rafa Cabrera Bello and Justin Rose have trained.
The initiative will feed into the Emirates Golf Federation’s National Junior Development Progamme, which aims to produce new talented golfers who can one day go on to represent the UAE at a senior level and perhaps even join the professional ranks with a view to competing on the European Tour.
Adel Zarouni, Vice Chairman of the Emirates Golf Federation believes the programme will be vital in unearthing new golfing talent among the local population, saying: “This programme, created by the Emirates Golf Federation, aims to develop the growth of aspiring youngsters and create more awareness about the sport. The initiative is funded by DP World and supported by the European Tour and Jumeirah Golf Estates and we’re very grateful for their backing. It’s all about attracting children to golf and spreading the sport across the schools in the region.”
“The plan is to have more youngsters playing golf, especially Emirati girls as we have a shortage of female Emirati golfers. I believe that this initiative will help us find the hidden talents and also improve the sport in the country.”
Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority said: “Children are happy when they have new experiences that enrich their lives. Golf is a great sport for having fun, and teaches important life qualities such as respect for others, focus and problem-solving. We’re happy to work together with the Emirates Golf Federation, DP World and the European Tour to bring the joys of golf to a new generation of UAE nationals.”
Abdulaziz Bukhatir, Executive Director, Jumeirah Golf Estates said: “As home to the UAE golf team and the destination of choice for many players from around the world, Jumeirah Golf Estates is fully committed to extending our passion for golf to amateur and professional golfers alike. We are proud to be a part of this major grassroots initiative that will place golf front of mind among a new generation of young sporting stars.”
Nick Tarratt, Director European Tour – Dubai added: “This region has become synonymous with golf – frequently hosting the European Tour’s finest players, on the best courses and offering some of the best facilities in the world. The next step to produce a home-grown UAE player who can compete on the European Tour and this fantastic Arabic Schools Initiative will lay the foundations to do just that.
“Supporting grassroots golf initiatives is central to DP World’s involvement in the sport and something they care very passionately about.
“We look forward to welcoming the schoolchildren to the tournament in November and to seeing the next generation of golfers emerge in the UAE.”
About DP World
DP World is the world’s fourth largest terminal operator with a portfolio of more than 65 marine terminals across six continents, including new developments underway in India, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Container handling is the company’s core business and generates around 80% of its revenue. The company’s reputation for efficiency and expertise is driven by its leadership in innovation and its unyielding commitment to its customers and its people all around the world.
About the Emirates Golf Federation
The Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) was formed in 1995 and is the Governing Body of Golf in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The EGF administrates and provides the United States Golf Association (USGA) Handicap System to all EGF members. The EGF sanctions all Professional and Amateur golf events in the UAE.
Currently the EGF represents over 7,500 members both directly through the EGF and also throughout the 20 golf clubs across the UAE.
The EGF is a non-profit organization with the goals and responsibility of increasing awareness and participation in golf. The EGF actively conducts an Order of Merit Season, Junior Development Programmes, and Junior, Ladies, and Senior National Team Programs. The EGF and UAE golf clubs work closely together to help shape the future of golf in the UAE.
The EGF is overseen by a Board of Directors under the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare while being affiliated to the Royal & Ancient (R&A), USGA, the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation, the GCC Golf Committee and the Arab Golf Federation.
About the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)
The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) is responsible for the growth and quality of private education in Dubai. We support schools, universities, parents, students, educators, investors and government partners to create a high quality education sector focused on happiness and wellbeing.
About Jumeirah Golf Estates
Host to the DP World Tour Championship, the Season Finale of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai since 2009, Jumeirah Golf Estates is one of the Middle East’s most prestigious residential golf communities, offering a wide range of world-class facilities and more than 1,700 individually designed homes (constructed and under construction) in the United Arab Emirates. Situated just 15 minutes from The Palm and Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Golf Estates is well placed to provide an unforgettable experience at its two championship golf courses, Fire & Earth, and luxury homes within easy reach of Dubai’s top attractions. From a state-of-the-art Clubhouse to restaurants, swimming pools and fitness centers, Jumeirah Golf Estates has a wide variety of entertainment and recreation facilities that will provide a superior lifestyle.