BGL continues to lead the way with impressive commitment to team development

Burhill Group Limited (BGL), owner and operator of 22 golf courses across 10 UK golf clubs, as well as 10 Adventure Leisure facilities, is continuing to lead the way in team development as two club general managers have achieved CMAE Club Management Diploma qualifications.

Both Sarah Blunden (General Manager at Wycombe Heights Golf Centre) and Stuart Perry (General Manager at The Shropshire Golf Centre) have been awarded the Club Manager’s Association of Europe’s (CMAE) highly regarded Club Management Diploma (CMDip). The qualification is awarded to those club managers who participate in the CMAE’s Management Development Programme (MDP) Level One and Level Two courses, before submitting a work-based assignment for assessment.

These accomplishments fall directly in line with BGL’s unwavering commitment to providing its teams with the best opportunities to develop their skills and enhance their CVs. The Group puts a huge emphasis on supporting the performance of its people and is constantly looking to improve overall performance by monitoring real time needs to set goals for the future.

“The management development programme focuses on the core competencies of being a manager within the golf industry,” commented Blunden. “I am proud to be a part of a team of industry leaders who value the importance of ongoing professional development. This qualification has given me the tools to manage a successful and high performing team.”

Perry added: “I really appreciate BGL for affording me the opportunity to complete this qualification. Several former colleagues had completed the CMAE course and recommended it. I feel that it validates and adds more credibility to my existing knowledge, which will help me as I strive to take The Shropshire along a road of continuous improvement.”

Both Blunden and Perry will continue their CMAE qualification and progress to fully Certified Club Manager (CCM) status in the coming years.

Janice Moore, Learning and Development Manager for the Group commented: “At BGL, we focus on how we can help our teams to perform to the absolute best of their ability, at all times. Through ongoing support meetings, we can review job objectives, and discuss personal development – in this case, by helping both Sarah and Stuart to gain CMDip qualifications

“Our approach to team development is to monitor and act on the real-time needs of the business as they present themselves, as well as working toward future goals that are aligned with the wider BGL strategy. This way we are making sure that we are contributing to the profitability of the Group.”

The Academy learning management system continues to be of support to the Group by providing a platform for team members to access courses, share knowledge and ensure training compliance. October will see the launch of ‘gamification’ which will reward team members with badges and points for certain training that they do – the first of which will be in connection with the initiative ‘Cybersecurity October’.

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As an avid golfer since the age of eleven Dan lives and breathes all things golf.  With a current handicap of eleven he gets out and plays as often as his work life (and girlfriend) allows. Dan confesses to still being like a kid at Christmas when it comes to seeing the latest golf equipment. Having served as GolfPunk’s Deputy Editor, and resident golf geek for the past 13 years and working for golf's oldest brand, John Letters Dan brings to GOLF RETAILING an excellent understanding of the sector.