Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation
The Ernie Els Foundation was founded in 1999 with the purpose of identifying and assisting young talented individuals, in golf, predominantly from families of limited resources and to deliver to them educational assistance and playing opportunities in order to produce successful young leaders and develop their playing ability to its full potential.
The Foundation joined forces with the world-renowned Fancourt Hotel and Golf Estate in 2006 to establish the Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation (EEFF).
The Foundation has now entered its third phase and has modified its involvement and responsibility with those youngsters that it supports to ensure that, while they receive the same guidance, assistance and leadership, it is done in an efficient way, which allows the Foundation to reach a larger number of deserving candidates.
From the beginning of 2010 our members stay at home with their families and attend their local schools. They are coached by their local PGA teaching professionals in consultation with the management of the EEFF. The members participate in tournaments locally and around the country, the reasonable costs of which are covered by the EEFF and they will attend an intensive golf-orientated and life-skills program.
In addition to the members, the EEFF has introduced an 'associate' category, which takes the form of awarding once-off one-year educational and golf bursaries to talented young golfers. Those associates who show exemplary dedication and hard work could then be considered for membership in the following year.
All of the members of the EEFF are predominantly from families of limited resources and are at high school. The focus of the EEFF is very much on junior golf. Since its inception, the EEFF has evolved to the point to which it now has three key focus areas:
1. Golf 2. Education 3. Golf orientated life skills weeks