Sergio Garcia has officially opened his Junior Academy at PGA Catalunya Resort in Barcelona.
The Ryder Cup star’s first teaching centre has been created to fulfil two key objectives; to find and coach the best young golfing talent of the future and introduce the sport to children with physical and learning disabilities through its ‘Golf Adapted’ programmes.
Garcia was guest of honour at the official opening where he conducted an informal teaching session and played a three-hole exhibition with some of the children.
“I’m very proud of this coaching initiative with PGA Catalunya Resort. For me, this is a dream come true,” said the World No.22.
“PGA Catalunya is a great complex, recognised throughout Europe, and it offers superb facilities on which to host an ambitious project such as this.”
In keeping with Garcia’s important charitable work, PGA Catalunya Resort has also committed to making a donation to the Sergio Garcia Foundation from revenues generated from the new Junior Academy.
“Sergio is very passionate about giving youngsters from all walks of life, and of different abilities, the opportunity to try golf – this facility at PGA Catalunya Resort gives them that chance,” said PGA Catalunya Resort’s CEO Julio Delgado.
“We also hope it will act as a centre of excellence that will help develop and nurture exceptional golfing talent of the future.”
The Sergio Garcia Junior Academy will use the globally recognised TPI teaching programme that allows youngsters to develop age-appropriate skills and drills that maximise their full athletic potential, not just the golf swing.
The courses are available in three age categories: 6-9 years, 9-12 years and 12+ years.
PGA Catalunya has recently launched its Golf Escape package, which enables golfers to customise their visit to the resort.
Available now until November 13 2013, guests taking advantage of the offer can stay and play from €113 per person per night, including golf on the resort’s Tour Course plus bed and breakfast at the on-site Melia Golf Vichy Catalan Hotel.
For more information on the Junior Academy or the Golf Escape deal, visit www.pgacatalunya.com
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