Falkirk golf graduate mentors students in Spain

Some of the students and tutors from SRUCs Elmwood College who will be heading to Spain to take part in a training and coaching programme.
Some of the students and tutors from SRUCs Elmwood College who will be heading to Spain to take part in a training and coaching programme.

A Falkirk golf graduate will pass on his experience and knowledge to 20 students of the sport at a training camp in Spain.

Ryan Campbell (24), a Scottish internationalist now playing to gain his a place on the European pro tour, will mentor professional golf HNC and HND students from Scottish Rural College’s (SRUC) Elmwood campus.

Ryan is one of three SRUC graduates who will be helping the current students on their way towards successful and fulfilling careers in golf across Scotland.

The 20 students participating in the training programme at some of Spain’s top courses and golf clubs were chosen following a rigorous selection process.

They will undertake a tailor-made training course as part of Erasmus +, the EU’s programme for education, training, youth and sport.

The two-week trip runs from May 8 to 22 and includes first-class training and coaching at Club de Golf Barcelona, Girona Golf Course and PGA Catalunya.

During the first week, the students will put their new found skills into practice by coaching Spanish students at Club de golf Barcelona.

The second week will see more emphasis on the students’ own performances through tournament play and high performance training and coaching, while the SRUC graduates will lead sessions and share their experiences and expertise.

Those hoping to become pro players get to play at Catalonia – a qualifying school for the European Tour – and compare their scores with other tour newcomers.

Tutor Fraser Hutchison, from SRUC’s Elmwood campus, said: “The fact that all of the students will be mentored by an SRUC graduate is the icing on the cake and enhances what will already be a very valuable opportunity for our current group.

“This experience is like no other and allows students to learn both practically and theoretically.

“They will be learning from industry professionals.

“They will also be able to share and build upon experiences of their peer group while being part of a strong working team.

“This experience will undoubtedly be an inspirational and highly motivating experience for our students.

“While all 20 excel on the golf course, they were also selected on other criteria, including commitment to their studies, positive attitude and high attendance which together underpin the student athlete code of conduct.”