Learning Lab – Umhlali
Welcome to the MCKENNA PERFORMANCE ACADEMIES IEB Education Accredited Learning Lab and Golf Performance Academy.
We offer quality holistic education for passionate, golf-captivated high school students, where our main goal is to develop superhumans and not just superstars.
Our team of professionals, in each of their respective fields, collaborate to give each student specific, individualised attention to develop them into reaching their full potential.
EVOLVE Online School is an ADvTECH school - Africa's largest private education provider.
The students will be attending their online schooling at McKenna Academies Learning Lab hosted within the beautiful grounds of Umhlali Country Club KZN, where students will be under excellent guidance and tutoring whilst completing their education.
GOLF PERFORMANCE ACADEMY
The performance academy is of a world-class standard and is headed up by Class AAA PGA Professional Emile Steinmann. Our coaching team has developed the high-performance golf programme by using the knowledge that they have gained through many years of golf coaching experience and from various coaching certifications, namely but not limited to:
- Professional Golfers Association of South Africa (PGA)
- Titleist Performance Institute (TPI)
- US Kids Golf
- Positive Coaching Alliance
- Gravity Fit
Aided by specialists for each department of the game and by making use of the necessary teaching technology, the students are taught the technical, tactical, psychological and physical elements required for high-performance golf whilst being carefully guided through the various stages of long-term athlete development.
Mckenna Academies has partnered with the online school Evolve to provide each student with flexibility in their individualized education and golf careers to enable the students to fully engage in all aspects of the performance academy.
Students of the Academy will be developed by our Sports Psychologist, offering the following, but not limited to: Golf Psychology, competitive psychology, on course golf psychology sessions, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, stress management as well as individual psychology sessions.
Students of the Academy will be developed by our Strength & Fitness Trainer on a daily basis using training techniques to prepare our golfers for the physical demands put on their body, reduce risk of injury (lower back pain) and increase force production (ability to hit it further).
The flexibility and partnership with Evolve allows students to compete in golf tours across the country without falling behind in their schooling education.
Umhlali Country Club and Golf Estate is one of the best courses on the North Coast and known as the ‘Gem of the North Coast’.
It has a 18-hole Peter Matkovich-designed course that is green all year round, a full driving range with a chipping green, practice putting green and a bunker to practice sandy shots. Umhlali Country Club and Golf Estate strives to provide members, guests and visitors with an affordable and beautiful ecofriendly club with a top-rated golf course, sporting and recreational facilities which offers an enjoyable experience.
At the McKenna Performance Academies IEB Education Accredited Learning Lab – in partnership with ADvTech's revolutionary online school, Evolve – our mission is to:
Education & Personal Development
CEO and Founder
Head Golf Coach
Learning Lab Manager
SA Girls Champion
Phenyo Sebata (Mckenna Academy Silverlakes) is our SA Girls Silver Division Champion. With so much grit her hard work is paying off. Phenyo chatted to her coach Xander Basson about her goals and they're ticking them off one by one. Great to see a youngster manage a course like she does. Look forward to seeing many more trophies in the near future.
US Kids Open 2nd Place
A big congratulations to young Liam Thompson (Mckenna Academy Silverlakes) for finishing 2nd in the US Kids Venice Open in Italy this week. A huge feat for someone in an International Competition and only 12 years old! Liam had 3 great rounds of 71-74-70 for a 1 under par total. A great result!
The Gauteng North Under 15's team (Mckenna Academy Silverlakes) won the interprovincial title at Paarl & Pearl Valley Golf clubs in July 2022. The team – from our resident club at Silver Lakes Golf Estate – are made up of Roelof and Cilliers Craig, Liam McKenna, Liam Thompson, Storm du Toit and Zinan Maimane who had 6 wins out of 6 matches.
Elebula Open Winner
McKenna African Turf Academy (Silverlakes) student Jandre van Niekerk on winning the Elebula Open in Limpopo in August 2022. We couldn't be prouder of his achievement and applaud the great result for this young man. Well done to him and his incredible coaching team!