The JOLF Man
By Neil Plimmer
Here to share thoughts, ideas and experiences about children’s and family golf. Particularly focused on the 1st experiences.
JOLF’s purpose is to provide accessible opportunities for children and families in schools, the local community and at golf clubs to play golf independently, enjoy playing together and learn as they play.
JOLF’s purpose is to provide accessible opportunities for children and families in schools, the local community and at golf clubs to play golf independently, enjoy playing together and learn as they play.
What is Success? (5:30mins)
A number of experiences I have had in SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities) schools has got me thinking…
November 30, 2022
Play is Universal - Office JOLF (6:33mins)
Following on from a lovely experience this morning where I delivered JOLF in an office space for employees of a friends company :)
November 23, 2022
Random Ramble - Silly, resilience, self esteem, coaching & competition (9:42mins)
A right random ramble, was going to wait until I had some order to my thoughts!!! Then I remembered - JUST START :)
November 17, 2022
6 months since the last recording!!! (8:29mins)
Been a while since the last episode so thought it was time to get back sharing some thoughts, having a ramble and chats
November 11, 2022
We MUST trust children (2:57mins)
If we, the adults, do not trust children how on earth should we expect them to trust us?
May 12, 2022
Less about what we say, more about what we DO NOT say (4:04mins)
Telling is easy!
April 29, 2022
Playing golf with little Plim (9:26mins)
Fascinating experience playing alongside my son and another father and son yesterday. Got me thinking about my role as the adult, as a coach and as a parent!
April 12, 2022
GoSketch - A review (7:26mins)
Our final session of our GoSketch project. It didn’t all go as planned but that didn’t stop us, the students and the adults having an amazing experience
April 04, 2022
Lunchtime Ramble - Set expectations NOT rules (3:30mins)
A lunchtime ramble, half way through one of our whole school play days. Watching the children this morning and taking to the teachers got me thinking about setting the “expectations” of behaviour rather than the “rules” of behaviour
March 29, 2022
The “Rules” of Let Them… (6:08mins)
In response to the first podcast of 2022 where I discussed in detail “Let them…” Here are a few thoughts on the rules that allows children to play independently.
March 21, 2022
The first pod of 2022!!! Let them… (11:44mins)
Following on from a post on social media last week that had a terrific response I thought i would expand on what I had written
March 16, 2022
5 years ago Brighton Junior Golf was born (8:10mins)
Timehop brought up another memory today as 5 years ago we left Cuckfield Golf Centre to set up Brighton Junior Golf. A huge learning curve on our JOLF journey
November 29, 2021
When a plan goes “WRONG”!?!?! (7:53mins)
A rambling review and reflection on an experience from last week that afterwards felt like it went wrong, but did it???
November 23, 2021
Right 🤚 Left ✋ chipping (7:38mins)
Fascinating to see children figure out the problem when faced with a task that involves a left handed chipper. So much to learn from this for all of us involved in the experience
November 16, 2021
Chat with Aaron Lansberry (44:53mins)
Lovely to catch up again with Aaron and discuss independent play. This follows an initial chat we had last week about how we provide opportunities for children and their families to play on the course independently
November 12, 2021
Keeping Score - The layered learning of scoring for children (5:01mins)
A fascinating experience watching a group of 6/7 year olds keep score during their JOLF PE session
November 08, 2021
Space & Time, what I learnt from soft play (6:21mins)
I love Timehop and the memories that pop up. This one came up last week and reminded me of a golf experience that we delivered for young children at a soft play centre. It got me thinking then and that experience totally changed the way I think about the space and time of a child’s play experience.
November 04, 2021
Sussex Coaches Network - a ramble and review (9:59mins)
The first face to face meeting of the Sussex Coaches Network for a LONG time. So good to see everyone. A few thoughts from our catch up
November 02, 2021
Chat with Travis Howser on his Raising Golfers podcast
Listen in to a chat I had with Travis Howser that he recorded for his excellent “Raising Golfers” podcast. The plan was to talk about our review and reflections of the 2021 golf season but we went off in LOTS of DIFFERENT directions as we normally do!!!
October 25, 2021
“What about JOLF?” (5:32mins)
A question I have been asked a number of times over the last few weeks…
October 19, 2021
FUN?!?!? 🤩 (6:42mins)
My thoughts on FUN have changed dramatically over the last 10 years…
October 15, 2021
An “Each Child - Every Time” approach, that has developed! (4:33mins)
A bit of ramble considering my learnings over 10 years of JOLF. This time around the mission of providing a “Fun, engaging & appropriate experience to each child, every time” and how that has developed over time.
October 12, 2021
Learning from others - THANK YOU 🙏 (7:30mins)
As I ponder what I have learnt over the last 10 years of JOLF I instantly think of all the different people that I have crossed paths with and shared journeys.
October 08, 2021
You’ve spelt GOLF wrong 😑 (3:20mims)
Through October I will be sharing what we have learnt over 10 years of JOLF. This had to come first as it is thing we are so often asked/told!
October 06, 2021
JOLF is 10 years old (14:59mins)
A look back on our journey from when we started in 2011 to where we are today
September 30, 2021
Lunchtime Ramble - Schools Out, a few thoughts to review our term (7:48mins)
Looking back on what the children have told us on our Pupil Voice forms
July 22, 2021
Before school ramble - be the calm (5:30mins)
A few thoughts on some experiences over the last week around sessions where children were calm as they played
July 13, 2021
Lunchtime Ramble - “I love to watch you play” (4:51mins)
A statement that gets me thinking “I love to watch you play”
June 30, 2021
Lunchtime Ramble - the balance of behaviour & “how to” (3:34mins)
Just a though that occurred to me as I discussed with a teacher why the children were so engaged during one of our sessions in schools
June 28, 2021
Lunchtime Ramble - Connection (5:49mins)
Fascinating experience on Monday and Today - got me thinking 🤔
June 23, 2021
Lunchtime Ramble - No child has ever asked how to hold it?!?
A chat with a teacher got me thinking!!!
June 17, 2021
Lunchtime Ramble - Expectations (4:20mins)
Just a thought around what expectations adults have of children.
June 15, 2021
Lunchtime Ramble - Children are BRILLIANT (6:30mins)
A fascinating experience yesterday where I had a boy assist and help me during my sessions at a school during a whole school play day. He was AWESOME 🤩 and got me thinking about how we have to provide children with opportunities to be brilliant and surprise us
June 12, 2021
Lunchtime Ramble - better late than never 😉 (6:32mins)
Children are built to move and each child is on their own unique development journey. Yesterday I saw children from nursery to year 6 and it got me thinking 🤔
June 11, 2021
Lunchtime Ramble - innocent intentions (3mins55secs)
Are we robbing children of THAT moment? The moment where they can feel “I DID IT”
June 09, 2021
Lunchtime Ramble - Long Grass!!! 8th June 2021 (5min48secs)
Back on the podcast thing ;) each day during our whole school play days I will record a ramble. Today, interesting to observe the children find solutions to the problem of long and thick grass in the school field!!!
June 08, 2021
Chat with Andrew Simmonds (31:21mins)
This chat with Andrew gives a fascinating insight into not only his journey as a golf coach but also the journey of a golfer. We talk about the dots that need to be connected in hold clubs to allow more people to access golf and play.
March 24, 2021
Ramble - Joining the dots (3:53mins)
Joining the dots is a term I have heard and used often and up until yesterday I am not certain that it meant anything to me!
March 23, 2021
Chat with Chris Walthew (39:12mins)
This is a fascinating chat with Chris who owns 2 climbing centres and provides a fascinating insight into the customer journey and experience of children and families who attend his centres. We also dive deeper into the role of the adult in the child's first experience. www.clipclimbcambridge.co.uk www.climbquest.co.uk
March 22, 2021
Chat with Thomas Devine & Phil Akers (44:24mins)
Fascinating to catch up and chat with “The Junior Golf Guys” Tom and Phil. We could have chatted for hours so I suspect this will be a part 1 of many!
March 19, 2021
Ramble - The book of your life (3:47mins)
Maybe the best book we can ever read is the one we write ourself, a short ramble about journaling
March 18, 2021
Chat with Megan Cundari (32:04mins)
A great catch up and chat with Megan who I met through her father, Glenn, who has set up a group on Facebook - Coach+ Coffee Club. We chatted a few weeks ago and I loved her perspective on sport and wanted to record her thoughts on her own experiences and how she would then go about providing positive experiences for children in her choose activity of volleyball. Some real gold in this chat 😊👍
March 17, 2021
Ramble - The Good Old Days (8:12mins)
I have been thinking a lot lately of what the spark was for me when I started playing golf and how that differs to what is offered to children today. What can we learn and keep from “The good Old days”?
March 16, 2021
Chat with Aaron Holtom (32:10 mins)
Aaron was keen to come on and have a rant 😉 so here it is. We had a great chat exploring his experiences in sport as a child and how so often he was coached out of them. And how that is driving his approach to coaching and providing experience that children will love and want to continue doing forever! Check out Aaron’s website https://golf-not-golf-swing.com
March 15, 2021
Chat with Ben Knight (47:20 mins)
Another person that I chat a LOT with! So it was great to get something recorded. Ben shares with us a reflective story of his journey with a young person who he has coached from when he was a 4/5 year old getting started to where he is now as an 18 year old player. Fascinating to listen in to what they did together and the moments/memories collected along the way.
March 13, 2021
Ramble - Just have a go (4:35mins)
Back after a short break and just a ramble around children having opportunities to have a go at lots of activities and developing the skill of “haveagoness” If there is such a thing?!?!
March 12, 2021
February Moments, Nuggets, Balls & Bars
A review of February and also time to reflect on 51 days straight of podcasts!!!
February 28, 2021
Chat with Oliver Morton (33:21 mins)
Fascinating to listen to Oli’s journey as a coach and also discuss thoughts and attitudes towards children developing into good people (and possibly players?!?) We discussed a lot about offering and supporting children’s choices knowing that as they play the game of golf more and develop those choices may naturally become more limited. Loads, as ever, of golden moments in this chat.
February 27, 2021
“The Little Boy” a story by Helen Buckley
This story grabbed my attention so I thought I would share it - Enjoy 😊
February 26, 2021
Chat with Aaron Lansberry (21:44 mins)
Aaron runs a very busy junior academy so it was great to catch up and chat about what experiences he offers to children and families. Some great insight here for coaches and parents around positive 1st experiences
February 25, 2021
A ramble - The Benefits of Golf for Children (5:09 mins)
As we look to golf opening up on March 29th I just wanted to get down some thoughts on why children should play golf.
February 24, 2021
Chat with Karl Luckhurst (23:51 mins)
Loved to get Karl’s perspective on children’s sport and experiences from a teachers viewpoint. So many things in here for coaches to appreciate from a teachers view, experience and expertise. And also for parents!
February 23, 2021
A Ramble - Junior Golf Club Membership & the life cycle of a junior golfer (6:59 mins)
The life cycle of a junior golfer. Should junior golf membership be free? What are the barriers to children becoming members of a golf club? Are children starting playing golf too soon early and then giving up early? Is there an imbalance or playing on the golf corse and coaching?
February 22, 2021
Chat with Jonathan Wright (26:33 mins)
I just love catching up with Jonathan and enjoy his viewpoint on coaching. So many lovely moments to consider in this chat. We finished with the thought that coaching is a human to human endeavour that makes it unique every time. This is the beauty and the challenge of coaching that we love ❤️
February 21, 2021
Tongue Out 😛 & Tiger Eyes 👀
When children are in that state where they are so focussed/engaged and a bomb could go off around them and they wouldn’t notice!!! I often see (and describe it as) tongues out and having tiger eyes! Totally absorbed! What would we, the adults, do when we notice this?
February 20, 2021
Chat with Chris Day (27:36 mins)
Loved this catch up and chat with Chris who has a massive amount of experience in football with many different roles, scenarios and players. We talk about his philosophy and the experiences of coaches, players and parents. As ever, so many golden moments collected!
February 19, 2021
Age/Stage/Environment/Experiences of Play & Development
Getting some thoughts out of my head and putting a mark in the sand around the definitions and framework of play and development. Would be fascinated to get feedback and thoughts on this
February 18, 2021
Chat with Greg Dryer (41:18 mins)
Greg is my go to guy around PE, physical activity, children’s sport and movement. I just love our catch ups and chats and this one has so many golden moments that I will revisit again and again. A great listen for all coaches, teachers and parents. A definite “meaningful” experience 👍
February 17, 2021
Ramblings about the many hats a coach wears 🧢 👒 🎩
Ahead of a “Clubhouse” chat about “A coaches role and responsibility in games based coaching” it got me thinking about the many hats that coaches wear!
February 16, 2021
Chat with Richard Franklin (42:07 mins)
So good to connect and chat with Richard from Discover Golf. A definite disrupter who is looking to “move the needle” of junior golf experiences. Do not always understand what he says (or look at things the same way) but always interested, intrigued and love the space he is coming from! LOTS of nuggets came out of this chat!
February 15, 2021
Valentines Day Ramble ❤️
The day of love ❤️ got me thinking about what we can do to allow children to have meaningful experiences to fall in love with golf. Maybe so much more than golf???
February 14, 2021
Chat with Rob Chruszcz (31:46 mins)
Loved this deep dive with Rob into his “why”, mission statement and exploring what success is for him as a coach and the children that attend his program. Love the depth he is exploring around his coaching values and principles to create a lasting positive impact on the children he shares time with. Just fascinating 😊
February 13, 2021
A real ramble!!! KISS, over, under, all, some...
Something that has been bouncing around in my mind for a little while, wanted to get it out and see where it landed! The question that sparked my thinking - has sport and coaching become over complicated? Have we (coaches/organisations) added layers of complication that to something that should be simple? Have we over complicated things, to create a problem, then offered solutions to the problems we have created?
February 12, 2021
Chat with Paul Brackley (26:53 mins)
Paul is Disability Manager at Albion in the Community (Brighton & Hove Albion FC) and we LOVE to chat 😉 We discuss his many different roles and coaching experiences and how this has impacted on his views of 1st experiences for EVERYONE. So many golden nuggets surfacing in this chat 👍
February 11, 2021
“Parent Education” (6:42 mins)
Do parents NEED educating? Who says? Who decided this? Where did it start? Why did it start? Just getting a few thoughts out...
February 10, 2021
Chat with Wayne Lawrence (26:25 mins)
Wayne is a parent of 13 year old Lewy who has been involved with JOLF since he first experienced golf aged 5. He provides amazing insight into his, Lewy’s and my journey as a coach over the years. Loads in there for everyone to reflect and learn from, I know I have!!!
February 09, 2021
Chat with Karl Luckhurst - a teachers perspective of a JOLF Whole School Play Day (15:48 mins)
So grateful to Karl Luckhurst from Blackthorns Primary Community Academy, Hayward’s Heath who shares his perspective as a Y5 class teacher and PE Lead on our whole school play day. A great listen for teachers who are looking to provide their pupils with a positive 1st experience of golf at their school. DISCLAIMER Karl does not work for JOLF and was not paid for this podcast 😉 he is just a very nice guy 👍
February 08, 2021
Chat with Peter Thomas (26:41 mins)
Loved this chat with Peter from Happy Hockey. We chat a LOT, so it was good to get an intro and explanation to the philosophy and principles of Happy Hockey. And look at how a sport like hockey attracts and retains new players. Also exploring the foundations of a club and community that gives people more than a sporting experience.
February 07, 2021
Golden moments, nuggets, balls & bars (7:33 mins)
I am LOVING putting this podcast out each day (maybe even slightly obsessed!) Just wanted to get some thoughts out on one of the chats I have had this week. Turning moments into nuggets, nuggets into ball and balls into bars!!!
February 06, 2021
Chat with Peter Arnott (30:23 mins)
So much “stuff” came up in this chat with Pete! (As is becoming a common theme of all the chats!!) An intro to his new project “Train like a Tiger” and what we can learn from how he was introduced to golf. Plenty of practical examples of how children and adults can play golf and take ownership of their learning and progression. So many golden moments in this chat that I know will add up to some NUGGETS!
February 05, 2021
Clubhouse - so what? What now? What next? (8:49 mins)
So great to connect and engage with people through the app “Clubhouse” just wanted to reflect and review the chat that happened last night. Is it self indulgence? Is it developing self awareness? Either way I LOVE chatting junior golf and everything that goes with it! The obsession continues ;)
February 04, 2021
Chat with Holly Prescott (23:17 mins)
Loved this chat with Holly from Mid Sussex Active. Enjoyed her perspective and insight into play, physical activity, physical education and sport in schools and especially for pre schoolers. Should we (adults) be less prescriptive to children of specific sports and be ultimately responsible for them loving and being physically active?
February 03, 2021
A framework of play/development for children & young people (5:52 mins)
A ramble to begin the discussion around a framework of play/development for children and young people that helps adults (coaches and parents) understand the experiences that we present to children/young people and our role end responsibilities within those experiences. To be discussed in further detail in a “Clubhouse” chat on Wednesday 3rd Feb 9pm-10pm
February 02, 2021
Chat with Kat Chaszczewski (25:22 mins)
It was lovely to catch up and chat with Kat, we have known each other for a longer time. From when she first started her journey to become a PGA Professional, which is a fascinating story. We also discuss the environment and experience that is ideal for new golfers. Great for coaches to understanding and apply and awesome for new golfers to appreciate what to look for in a new club and coach.
February 01, 2021
Nuggets of Gold (20:05 mins)
This is podcast 28 of 28 continuous days of The JOLF Man podcast. So I wanted to look back and review all of the months recordings and share a few of the “nuggets of gold” that have come out of the rambles and chats.
January 31, 2021
Chat with Ali O Boyle (24:20 mins)
Loved this chat with Ali who is a director of South Coast Sports Coaching Ltd. It was great to get her views and thoughts on school/community PE, physical activity, play and sport. Particularly interested to discuss early years experiences for children. And some real “nuggets of gold” around being active and signposting children to sport’s.
January 30, 2021
Being Obsessed?!?! (4:21 mins)
Following on from the Tiger Woods documentary it got me thinking about obsession and how it is involved in the 1st experiences of children and also in getting good at stuff. This quote got me thinking - “The artist must create a spark before they can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of their own creation”
January 29, 2021
Chat with Alison Perkins (24:22 mins)
Loved this catch up and chat with Alison. I am always interested to see the theme and content of her sessions when she posts on social media. The planning and preparation that goes into them is superb. I wanted to explore further how she goes about planning and organising these off course play experiences. As ever, some gold in this chat for parents and coaches.
January 28, 2021
My top 10 coaching mistakes/learning moments!
Following on from a tweet from “Coach Conversation” Nick Levett and Jenny Coady who posted a YouTube video of their top 10 coaching mistakes. A really good 30 minute clip that got me thinking!! So had a ramble about it!
January 27, 2021
Chat with Matthew Orwin (23:42 mins)
I have known Matt for years and have always trusted his opinion and judgement of the good industry. He has managed numerous golf clubs, he is Managing Partner of Promote Golf and a shareholder of JOLF and so gives a fascinating view point of golf. In this chat we discuss junior golf from a club managers perspective. Starting with the common phrase “juniors are the future of the game/club” Are they??? Some really interesting points are raised and discussed.
January 26, 2021
JOLF Whole School Play Days explained by Neil & Nevil (13:26 mins)
Neil & Nevil talk about JOLF’s whole school plays days that provide children in primary schools with a positive 1st experience of golf. This will give PE coordinators and teachers in primary schools a better understanding of what happens before, during and after these days
January 25, 2021
Chat with Travis Howser (22:57 mins)
“What is the right age for children to start playing golf?” Great to chat with Travis (who runs the Raising Golfers podcast) and we dive into when children should start playing golf. A conclusion we came to was that children are born ready, so we (the adults) have to BE ready! Loved this chat, like I always do with Travis and so many interesting points were raised.
January 24, 2021
Children learn while having fun (5:56 mins)
A “rambling ponder” 😂😉)around the idea and suggestion that children learn while having fun, do they?
January 23, 2021
Chat with Mark Day (27:32 mins)
I have always respected Mark since we met at Birmingham Uni for our first experience of further education!!! I have always thought of him as a pondering, reflexive, questioning, critical, challenging thinker of a coach. And have always enjoyed it catch ups and chats. This one wasn’t what we planned to discuss but so much good stuff came up as we discussed playing pathways and opportunities that he has been part of in Hertfordshire
January 22, 2021
How to Introduce Children to Golf (5:59 mins)
A question that consumes my thoughts and thinking A LOT 😉 There can never be a BEST way but I feel there are a number of things to be considered for all parents and coaches
January 21, 2021
Chat with Tom Hefford - Golf Cubs (17:35 mins)
Tom introduces us to Golf Cubs and also his fantastic lockdown “Keepy Uppy” challenge. Which then leads to a fascinating discussion around learning new skills and developing trick shots as part of a children’s (and adults) golfing experience & journey.
January 20, 2021
Chat with Gavin Cousins (17:55 mins)
Gavin, along with Gavin Clark, was one of the coaches that originally reached out and engaged with JOLF in 2012. I have enjoyed chatting on regular occasions ever since. This is a lovely chat that talks about Gavin’s ideas around introducing people to golf. He shares an absolute beauty of a saying to tell new players that I sill be using again and again!
January 19, 2021
Too much coaching? Not enough PLAY?
Just a few thoughts, and stories, around the fact that often children and families first experiences of golf are coaching and maybe they need to experience playing golf on a course first and then coaching could/should follow that???
January 18, 2021
Chat with Mike Stubbs (30:02 mins)
A fascinating chat with Mike who is a rugby coach based in Sydney, Australia. We connected a number of years ago as part of a community of practice/mentoring program that has seen us remain connected. Have always loved our chats and interactions about coaching and this one was superb. A real deep dive into coaching and our respective journeys.
January 17, 2021
Being S#€£ is OK (4:30 mins)
Something that I have regularly considered and chatted over with children, parents, teachers and coaches. As ever just thought I would have a ramble, share it, listen back and then talk it over with others. Let me know know what you reckon...
January 16, 2021
Chat with Gavin Clark
Gavin connected with us when we launched JOLF and was one of the original coaches to sign up and deliver JOLF. I have loved connecting with him over the years as we have talked about being a coach and coaching. We extend that in this chat and discuss many things including; having conversations with ourself, coaching our own children, coaching values & parenting values, empathy and being our authentic self.
January 15, 2021
I am here to help, reach out and get in touch
Day 10 of my podcast and I have LOVED putting it together. I have enjoyed the interactions and conversations that have come from it. So a short message for any coach who wants to chat coaching and all things golf (sure other stuff will come up also!!!)
January 14, 2021
Chat with Rob Newson
An extremely wide ranging chat where Rob and I throw our thoughts out and see what happens!! Parenting, basketball, coaching, following ones passions, observing play, being an expert just a a few of the things we covered!!!
January 13, 2021
Fascinating watching “The Test” and what we might learn from the Australian cricket team
A few thoughts after watching “The Test” on Amazon Prime. An amazing insight into the journey of the Australian cricket team and I picked up on the coach, Justin Langer.
January 12, 2021
Seth Godin got me thinking, again!
Seth Godin’s blog 10th January 2021 “Natural Technique Doesn’t Exist” got me thinking about the definition of technique, when we need to really consider it to be important when children first start playing golf. A great blog to start a conversation in my head that I thought I would share!
January 11, 2021
Chat with Roy Ellis
We all love to chat and Roy and I chat a LOT, so we thought we would record it! Roy has a fascinating story of how he became a golf coach that he shares as well as some thoughts on “being an expert”
January 10, 2021
It’s good to talk
I am only on day 5 of this podcast but already it has gone above and beyond what I had expected to get from it! People listening and then getting in contact and then taking the time reach out, connect and chat. So valuable to our mental health and personal development
January 09, 2021
Chat with Nevil Perryman Best - The “Unseen” JOLF Man
We all love to chat and when I set up the podcast it seemed only right that the first person I would chat to would be Nevil, the other half of JOLF. Great to take time out from the business of JOLF that consumes most of our chats to talk about where we are, where we have come from and where we are going.
January 08, 2021
“Throwing a Piece of Wood on the Fire”
A response to a message I had this morning from Rob Newson, a basketball coach based in Hong Kong. Sending me his thoughts following yesterday’s episode around expertise
January 07, 2021
What makes me an Expert?
What makes me an expert and/or qualified to do what I do? A question I often ask of myself and when putting this podcast together! Who would want to listen to what I have got to say?!?! I was going to share my journey as a coach and JOLF (and will do this in an upcoming episode) but this question for me thinking, so perfect to share on the podcast!
January 06, 2021
The start of lockdown 3.0 and the start of The JOLF Man podcast
A rambling intro to The JOLF Man podcast, more to follow each and every day
January 05, 2021