NEMATO Golf Club started implementing its golf programme for schools this week, with the first lessons given to pupils from Port Alfred Primêre Skool in Station Hill.
About 79 pupils attended the first session dominated by boys, with just six girls.
“I am very happy we have ladies here, in my team we have one girl” said Nemato Golf Club secretary Mzwandile Mgweba.
Mgweba was very pleased with the attendance and thanked principals and teachers for making the golf clinics possible.
He went to say that club chairman Colin Mavuso would be happy to hear about the attendance. He said Mavuso was playing for Eastern Province seniors. Mgweba was accompanied by senior member of the management committee, Lee Xali.
“We know it will be the same success at other participating local schools, as this programme was already welcome by principals from Dambuza Primary, Kuyasa Combined and Nomzamo High,” Mgweba said.
Before doing anything on the pitch, Mgweba emphasised the importance of discipline to the young golfers. “Golf is a very expensive sport and it needs your concentration and patience,” he said.
As he was dealing with novice players, he started by doing some few exercises and demonstrations which were useful for hitting the ball. One of those exercises required golfers to look at the ball with their legs open and swing their upper body without shifting their eyes from the ball. This is one exercise that helps golfers look at the ball and not follow the stick as they hit it.
Mgweba sees this programme as stepping stone to great opportunities for these youngsters.
“We want to give these children opportunities we never had,” he said. “This number (referring to attendance) shows that our children are hungry for success through sport and education and I hope people with influence, business, public entities and government officials will come forward and support this programme or even respond positively to our plea for funding, donations and sponsorship.”
He believes that this initiative will produce champions. “This is the real place where champions are to be made and good role models are to be produced,” he said.
Mgweba is of the view that the programme can benefit society at large by reducing the number of children on the streets. “As a non-profit organisation our main goal is to take children away from the streets, unearth young talent, world class golfers and produce responsible citizens” he said.
He further stated that golf plays a huge role in someone’s morals. “Golf is not just a sport, it’s a lifestyle. It teaches young people good attributes such as discipline, perseverance and responsibility, and to live an impeccable life,” he said.