New international golf academy in Sotogrande
INAUGURATED in March, the Jason Floyd International Junior Academy is a fully-integrated facility – described as the first of its kind Europe – which offers a complete annual programme of study, golf and accommodation for children aged between 12 and 18 years. Set up at the Almenara club in Sotogrande by the Making Golf Group, the academy (ijgas.com) will take students from the next school year beginning in September.
The aim of English teaching pro Jason Floyd is to provide “a high quality of coaching for champions of the future”, with a team of golf professionals, psychologists, nutritionists, biomechanics and fitness trainers.
As David Leadbetter’s “right-hand man” for six years, working with such top international stars as Ernie Els, Nick Price, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Greg Norman, Floyd was able to confirm first-hand that, “Success in the world of golf is not a matter of luck; it’s the combination of adequate coaching and the right attitude.”Pictured at the official presentation are (from left): Javier Ínsula, general manager of Making Golf Group; Jason Floyd; Iñaki Aranguren, managing director de Making Golf Group; Manuel Herrando, president of Sotogrande S.A.; Ángel Gallardo, vice chairman of the European Tour board and honorary president of the academy project; Gonzaga Escauriaza, president of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation and European Golf Association; and Juan Carlos Galindo, San Roque Town Hall councillor for tourism.