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17th December

Counties Encourage Thousands to Get into Golf

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7th August

Gloucestershire welcomes deaf golfers

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Volunteers Honoured

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27th March  

Opportunities to grow golf despite funding cut

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Issued 2nd July, 2013

Premier League boost for golf

The power of football will help more young people get into golf thanks to a £16.8 million partnership announced today by Sport England and the Premier League.

Golf is one of four new sports which will join the community programme, Premier League 4 Sport (PL4Sport), alongside athletics, boxing and tennis. They will be added to the eight Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth sports already on offer.

The pull of the Premier League will help attract youngsters aged 14-plus to try StreetGolf (pictured) – the urban, play-anywhere version of the sport, pioneered by the Golf Foundation under its HSBC Golf Roots campaign.

Ten Premier League and Championship clubs have already opted to offer golf from September and, with presentations still to be made to other clubs, it is anticipated that more are likely to join them. The first football clubs to get into golf are Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Derby County, Everton, Hull, QPR, Southampton, Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion.

All coaching will be taken by PGA professionals and the satellite clubs which will be created will have links with their local golf clubs and their County Golf Partnerships, which work to grow the game.

Golf’s inclusion in PL4Sport has been welcomed by the England Golf Partnership, which brings together the amateur governing body, England Golf, and the Professional Golfers’ Association to increase participation, with the support of the Golf Foundation and Sport England Lottery Funding.

Brendon Pyle, the Golf Foundation’s development manager, said: “This is great news for golf because the power of football means we will be able to reach many more young people.  And, because most football clubs are based in town and city areas, we’ll be able to reach a totally new audience.

“StreetGolf is the ideal way to introduce them to golf. It’s a different, edgy and versatile game which you can play anywhere. When we introduced it to the PL4Sport co-ordinators they loved it, it really changed their perception of how golf can be delivered.”

A pilot scheme run by the Golf Foundation and Bolton Wanderers FC has already proved successful, attracting more than twice as many young people as predicted. Brendon added: “We feel confident that through Premier League 4 Sport we will be able to reach more young people and demonstrate the positive life skills that the sport promotes”.

Today’s launch of a new three-year partnership between Sport England and the Premier League includes a demonstration of StreetGolf.   

The £16.8m investment will drive the expansion of two community programmes: PL4Sport and a rebranded Kickz. The funding will be equally split with each partner committing £1.3 million per year to PL4Sport and £1.5 million per year to the Kickz initiative, supporting young people from disadvantaged communities.

Sport England and the Premier League first combined in 2009 to create PL4Sport, which has already engaged 60,000 young people and created 320 of the clubs that formed the basis for the satellite clubs now being introduced across the country by Sport England and its partners. Under the England Golf Partnership, the sport has set an ambitious target of 280 new satellite clubs over the next four years.  The new PL4 Sport partnership will see:
•         Athletics, boxing, golf and tennis added to the eight Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth sports already on offer through PL4Sport
•         A further 270 satellite sports clubs created, where tens of thousands of young people will enjoy these sports
•         More than 1,500 volunteers trained, 450 competitions delivered and 2,500 sports qualifications obtained.

Since 2006, Kickz has helped 71,500 youngsters to get involved in sport, targeting the hardest to reach young people from disadvantaged areas. The expansion of the re-branded programme will see:
•         An extra 30,000 young people engaged over the next three years
•         A further 3,000 volunteers trained and 600 competitions delivered.

Issued 10th June, 2013

County Partnerships encourage 86,000 to Get into golf

Enthusiasm for golf in England is growing rapidly, according to a new report. The national network of County Golf Partnerships (CGPs) encouraged more than 86,000 people to ‘Get into golf’ in the year to the end of March.

That’s an increase of over 60 per cent on the previous 12 months and the Partnerships’ success was achieved despite some atrocious weather, including the wettest summer for 100 years.  

Their achievements are detailed in the latest CGP Impact Report and have won the praise of Richard Flint, the England Golf Development Manager. “These are fantastic results in challenging times,” he said.

“The Partnerships have worked very hard to encourage more people to get into golf and to continue their participation and it is great to see their efforts being rewarded. This is good news not just for the Partnerships but for golf clubs and PGA professionals who also benefit from their activities.”

The CGPs attract newcomers and returners to the game by offering free tasters and structured low-cost coaching with PGA professionals, as well as by forging relationships with universities, groups and organisations.

The Partnerships were supported by the ‘Get into golf’ marketing campaign and they proved particularly successful at attracting adults and fostering regular players. Over 50,000 of those who tried the game were aged 16-plus and more than 20,000 adults took part in once a week golfing activity.

The Partnerships’ success is also supporting the golf club economy. They report over 2000 new memberships in the past 12 months and, while these may include juniors, they have a value of more than £2m based on the average adult subscription. Meanwhile, regular participants could have contributed over £4m in the year to the end of March, based on an average annual spend of £200 per person.

The CGP network supports grass roots golf at county level and is an integral part of the England Golf Partnership’s (EGP) Whole Sport Plan for golf, which is supported by Sport England National Lottery funding. Their success has been growing steadily over the past four years and they have involved a total of 171,208 people in their activities since April 2009. Of these, more than 99,000 have been aged 16-plus, with more than 49,000 adults involved in regular participation.

Highlights of CGP activities over the year to March 2013 included:

Cheshire– over 1900 adults involved at taster sessions and events such as the Women’s British Open, Cycletta and the Olympic Torch relay.

Cornwall– over 1200 adults involved at city days and other events

Hampshire- structured coaching activities for over 1900 new and returning players.

Warwickshire– coaching for people with disabilities involved over 270 adults

Surrey– over 3900 adults at events and structured coaching sessions

Midlands and South West - Golf Weeks involved over 2800 people

The latest CGP Impact Report can be downloaded at






England Golf Press Release

Issued 2nd April, 2013

England Golf’s new grant supports juniors

England Golf has launched a new £300 grant to help GolfMark clubs and RangeMark driving ranges with projects to grow junior golf.

The money – which must be matched by the club or range – can be used to offer structured coaching sessions with PGA professionals and activities to attract boys and girls and encourage them to progress and stay in the sport.

The GolfMark and RangeMark awards are made by England Golf and recognise facilities which are junior and beginner friendly. There are currently 630 GolfMark clubs and 37 stand-alone ranges which have been awarded RangeMark. The grant is available to all facilities which hold an up-to-date award and may be applied for at any time from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014.

Richard Flint, the England Golf Development Manager, said: “England Golf is committed to supporting and rewarding the hard work of all GolfMark and RangeMark facilities. This grant will help them provide opportunities for young people to get into golf and to encourage them to remain within our sport and become the adult members of the future.”

The new grant is just part of England Golf’s commitment to junior golf.

In addition to GolfMark and RangeMark, England Golf runs the National Skills Challenge, supported by FootJoy. Over 6000 children from almost 800 clubs are registered for the Challenge which aims to make practice fun for young golfers and help them improve their putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play and the long game. Facilities can register online at any time and receive a variety of free resources, see

The latest edition of the England Golf Junior Organisers’ Handbook was published earlier this year. This is a complete guide for anyone involved in running a junior section and is available to purchase or for free download from

The network of County Golf Partnerships also offers clubs and ranges support for activities for the over-14s.

Information about the new Junior Development Grant has been sent to GolfMark and RangeMark facilities. Details are also available online, together with an application form at

Issued 25th March, 2013

Olympic hero backs 'Get into golf' week

Olympic hero Steve Backley believes would-be golfers can strike gold during Midlands Golf Week.

The three-time javelin medal winner – himself a keen golfer – is supporting the week-long festival which takes place from April 12-22 and makes it even easier for anyone to give the sport a try.

It is one of a series of regional Golf Weeks which will be taking place across the country during April and May. Activities range from free taster sessions and roadshows to open days and low-cost coaching programmes with PGA professionals.

They are part of the national Get into golf campaign which inspires more people to take up the game and enjoy fresh air, friendship and exercise. Visit the website and click on the activity map for a comprehensive listings guide to all the events.

Backley, a former world record holder, believes the combination of golf’s return to the Olympics in 2016 and the Get into golf campaign can help the sport reach out to a new generation of players.

Backley believes golf offers many benefits to people of all ages and abilities and is urging them to take the chance to get involved.

He says: “If you are sociable, enjoy competition and the open air, then it’s a no brainer! But be careful though, golf is addictive.

“My advice to anyone thinking of taking up the sport is to play lots and enjoy it. We are all failing golfers – so don’t be intimidated by it. Tee it up, give it a rip and have some friendly banter while you go and find it!”

Backley, who was awarded a MBE and later an OBE, enjoyed a glittering athletics career – he won two silvers and a bronze at the Olympics and is the only British track and field competitor to have won medals at three different Games.

His impressive CV also includes four gold medals at the European Championships, three Commonwealth Games gold medals and two silvers at the World Championships.

But the former Loughborough University student admits he became hooked on golf as soon as he tried it.

Backley explains: “I was in Los Angeles with my training partner Mick Hill. He too me to the Malibu club and it was heaven. I was hooked from day one!

“We played there and then came down to earth with a bump when I came home and played on my local municipal in February. But I still enjoyed it.”

Backley has developed into an accomplished single figure handicap golfer, playing off six at The London club, where he rates the par four 18th as one of his favourite golf holes.

Backley believes events such as Midlands Golf Week are vital to the future development of the sport. “Making golf accessible and for youngsters to be able reach out and touch the sport is imperative to the future of the game,” he says.

“In terms of the Olympics, golf needs to embrace the dedication and meaning of the Games, which has made an Olympic medal so cherished, as tennis has done.”

During Midlands Golf Week clubs from across eight counties – Northamptonshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Rutland – will put golf at the heart of the local community from April 12-22.

East Region Golf Week, involving Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex and Middlesex, takes place from April 22-28.

South East Region Golf Week, involving Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey, runs from May 27-June 2

North Golf Week, involving Cumbria, Durham and Northumberland, takes places from April 29-May 5.

In the South West, Cornwall Golf Week runs from April 6-14 ; Dorset Golf Week takes place from April 15-21; Devon Golf Month starts on May 4 and Gloucestershire Golf Week runs from May 25-June 2.

Meanwhile, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire will join together to run Play in May.

To find your nearest centre visit and look at the activity map or call 0800 118 2766


Issued 21 March, 2013

England Golf Partnership welcomes new school sport funding

The England Golf Partnership (EGP) has welcomed the government’s £150m-a-year boost for primary school sport.

Golf is already a popular sport in schools and it is hoped that the new funding will help to get more children playing the game and encourage even closer links between schools and golf clubs.

The new funding arrangements, part of the Olympic Legacy, include:
• Ring-fenced money to go directly to primary schools where head teachers will decide how to spend it.
• A greater role for Britain’s sporting and voluntary organisations, including National Governing Bodies, to increase the specialist coaching and skills development on offer for primary schools.

“This is very positive news and provides an exciting opportunity for golf, which already has a strong presence in schools,” said Roger Moreland, the EGP’s chief operating officer. The Partnership brings together the amateur governing body, England Golf, and the PGA to grow the game with the support of the Golf Foundation and Sport England.

The most recent School Sport Survey, in October 2010, showed that 44 per cent of schools in England delivered golf; an increase from 14 per cent in 2004

The Golf Foundation is an established force in schools through its HSBC Golf Roots programme, which has led to 39 out of 46 English counties including golf in their School Games in the current academic year. This includes training for young volunteers to help run the events and links to golf clubs where many of the events are held.

The Foundation also works closely with the EGP’s network of County Golf Partnerships to foster links between schools and golf clubs and to encourage youngsters to progress to membership.

Brendon Pyle, the Foundation’s development manager, commented: “We have a very good structure in place with Tri-Golf in primary schools and support for PGA Coaches to work in schools and, through our new Junior Golf Passport, offering children a pathway into learning at the golf club.

“It is also significant to note that funding has now been allocated to Sportivate and Satellite Club projects for young people below the age of 14 down to 11. Golf Xtreme will form the basis of a new and exciting informal offer to this age group.

“Through HSBC Golf Roots we have been able to show that golf can be easily adapted to schools and help to develop skills for life in young people. It’s not just about playing, it’s about integrity and developing personal and social skills.”

The County Golf Partnerships (CGPs) develop links between schools and golf clubs, which are able to take advantage of a host of initiatives to support junior golf. These include the GolfMark for junior and beginner-friendly clubs, which has now been awarded to over 600 clubs; the National Skills Challenge which makes practice fun; and the Junior Organisers’ Handbook which guides those running junior sections.

The CGPs also work closely with the County Sports Partnerships which will help schools link up with local coaches, clubs and sports governing bodies.

Richard Flint, the England Golf development manager, added: “Golf is very well placed to help primary schools offer the best possible sporting experience to children. This is a time of great opportunity for all.”

Caption: Charge! School children take part in the Golf Foundation's HSBC Golf Roots programme.

Issued 20th March, 2013

It's ‘Happy families’ for this golf couple

Growing the game of golf is “happy families” for Neil and Debbie Casling – the only married couple in England to both be county golf development officers.

Neil has just taken on the role for the Wiltshire Golf Partnership, following in the footsteps of Debbie, who is in her fifth year as CDO for the neighbouring Gloucestershire Golf Partnership.

“I have picked up lots of hints and tips over the years,” said Neil, who works side-by-side with Debbie in their converted garage. “Now I look over her shoulder and ask lots of questions, because she’s got the experience.”

Working together holds no fears for the Caslings (pictured), who used to own several removals businesses before they started their family.

The England Golf Partnership’s network of county partnerships work to grow the game and they support the national Get into golf campaign with taster and low-cost opportunities to get started.

Neil has started his new role by visiting all the golf clubs and driving ranges in Wiltshire to make and develop contacts. He’s also planning a Golf Week for the summer half-term holiday which will highlight opportunities for all to get into golf.

“This is a great job and I’m really enjoying working with all the golf facilities in Wiltshire to encourage more people to take up and stay in the game. Golf is a great sport for everyone who enjoys friendship, fresh air and exercise,” he said.

Neil’s own background in golf is extensive. He’s a 17-handicap member at Brickhampton Court Golf Club in Gloucestershire, where Debbie also plays and where their daughter, Jamie Lee, is a PGA professional and their son, Andy, is a four-handicapper.

Neil is the Gloucestershire U14 team manager and sits on the county committee; he has recently retired after five years as the Brickhampton junior organiser.

Debbie, meanwhile, has just taken over as the Gloucestershire ladies’ secretary, in addition to her Partnership duties.

To find out more about Get into golf opportunities across the country visit and click on the activity map.v

Issued 7th February, 2013

Thousands of young golfers are set for National Skills Challenge

Over 6000 young golfers from almost 800 clubs in England are already registered for the 2013 National Skills Challenge, supported by FootJoy – and there’s still time to join them.

The Challenge aims to make practice fun for young golfers and help them improve their putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play and the long game. It also offers the best players the chance to compete at regional and national finals.

This is the fourth year that FootJoy has supported the Challenge with prizes and gifts for competitors at the regional and national finals.

Russell Lawes, FootJoy's European Marketing Manager, said: “The National Skills Challenge is a great programme that helps develop the skills of junior golfers across the country.

"The teaching sessions are conducted in a fun, informative and relaxed environment and we look forward to monitoring the progress of this year’s participants, as well as wishing all players the very best of luck.”

Registered clubs receive free resources to support their junior coaching, including manuals, certificates and scorecards, and they can also take the opportunity to hold two official Challenge events.

This year, Challenge 1 can be held between Saturday, 2 March and Sunday, 5 May, while Challenge 2 can be held between Monday, 6 May and Sunday, 7 July.

Clubs which hold both official events can input their players’ scores on the national online leaderboard and the leading competitors will be eligible for one of four regional finals. These will be held in August and the qualifiers will go forward to the national final at the National Golf Centre at Woodhall Spa in September.

The National Skills Challenge is an initiative of the England Golf Partnership – which works to grow the game – and is run by the development team at England Golf. It is just one aspect of England Golf’s commitment to developing junior golf, alongside other resources, such as the GolfMark award scheme and the Junior Organisers’ Handbook.

For more information about the National Skills Challenge please visit Clubs may register at any time of year.


England Golf Press Release

17th January 2013

Golf in England is more accessible than ever

Golf clubs in England are more accessible and inclusive than ever before, according to new research.

Feedback from England Golf’s 2012 Golf Club Membership Questionnaire shows that clubs are becoming increasingly flexible and customer-focused as they strive to attract new golfers and to recruit and retain members.

The main findings of the research are highlighted in the Results Booklet, which includes information and ideas for golf clubs. The survey also helps England Golf to direct national strategy and to show where resources will be best used in future.

Richard Flint, England Golf’s Development Manager, said: “These are very difficult times for golf clubs, both in terms of the economy and overcoming the effects of the wettest summer for 100 years. But, it is encouraging to see clubs responding to these challenges in creative and imaginative ways and putting their customers at the heart of everything they do.

“England Golf is here to support golf clubs and we urge clubs to take advantage of this and to work with their County Golf Partnership (CGP) to recruit and retain members.”

In total, 25% of golf clubs which responded to the questionnaire have experienced an increase in members in the last two years. This is despite an overall drop in membership nationwide. England Golf will be examining these golf clubs in more detail to establish how they are achieving success.

According to the research, more golf clubs are offering a range of membership categories, including flexible, corporate, student and intermediate.

They are adopting a wider range of initiatives to attract members and increasingly working with their County Golf Partnerships to recruit and retain players. Over the past four years, the CGP network has introduced more than 154,000 people to golf, with 4200 memberships reported to date.

Clubs are also becoming more innovative in their promotion and marketing, with a marked growth in the use of social media alongside established communication.

Almost all clubs which responded (94%) have membership vacancies and a growing number of clubs are abandoning entrance fees. More clubs are also staggering fees over the transition period from junior to adult ranks.

The encouraging trends are also reflected within clubs’ junior sections. More clubs (62%) now have a Child Welfare Officer – highlighting the importance of safeguarding within the golf club environment.

More clubs are doing away with specific demands around junior playing standards and course restrictions, demonstrating that U18s are increasingly seen as an integral part of the club. This is reflected by the number of clubs – now 600 - which have achieved the GolfMark Award from England Golf in recognition of their junior and beginner friendly facilities.

In addition, a growing number of clubs now allow juniors to play in all adult/main competitions. Almost all clubs (97%) offer group junior coaching and this is increasingly available to both members and non-members.

The 2012 Golf Club Membership Questionnaire was returned by 40% (777) of affiliated golf clubs. The Results Booklet can be downloaded at



Issued 17th December 2012

EGP welcomes £13m award from Sport England

The England Golf Partnership (EGP) has today welcomed a £13 million grant from Sport England to continue to develop the sport over the four years from 2013-17.

The grant is an increase on the £12.5 million core funding award for the current period and will support programmes to encourage more people to start and stay in golf and to nurture talented players.

Roger Moreland, the EGP’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “We are very pleased with this level of financial support from Sport England and look forward to working with them to maximise their investment and to build on our successes of the past four years.”

The grant is part an investment of almost half a billion pounds in grassroots sport, announced today by Sport England. It is intended to keep the inspiration of London 2012 alive and help fulfil Lord Coe’s pledge that the Games would get more people playing sport, a feat that no other host nation has ever managed to achieve.

Sport England’s Director of Sport, Phil Smith commented on the grant for golf: “This investment reflects the progress the EGP has made in getting more people playing golf and developing talent within the sport.

“Whilst there are challenges in keeping people playing golf in the current economic climate, we are confident that the EGP will continue to demonstrate leadership and innovation within the sport to ensure the number of people playing grows.”

The 2013-17 Whole Sport Plan for golf, which will be rolled out from April, includes plans to encourage more people with a disability to take up golf and focuses on providing opportunities for people older than 26 to take up the game and play more often. In addition, the plan contains proposals for increasing the number of young people aged 14-25 playing the game.

Roger Moreland added: “There are many challenges in golf, not least those of the weather and of the economic climate, but we are excited about the prospects for the coming four years, which will include the return of golf to the Olympic movement.

“This award is a vote of confidence in our achievements to date and we will continue to work to make golf welcoming, accessible and a sport that offers fun and value to those who want to play.”

The current four-year plan has shaped a successful period for golf development, during which a network of County Golf Partnerships became established and created a significant increase in golf participation.

Their activities, to direct new and returning golfers to structured PGA coaching and playing opportunities, are enhanced by working with pro-active, affordable and accessible golf centres and by a better understanding of the requirements of golfers and would-be players. In the last year a pilot marketing campaign, Get into Golf, has promoted activity with one clear message.

Since the current plan began in April 2009, over 154,000 people have tried golf at taster and coaching sessions, of whom more than 85,000 were aged over 16. To date, 4200 new memberships have been reported as being created as a direct result of their activity.

These numbers have accelerated as the CGPs have become more customer-focussed. The latest CGP Impact Report shows that in the year to the end of September 2012, over 70,000 people tried golf – almost double the number in the in 2011. In the same period the number of adults playing golf regularly as a result of being involved in CGP activity increased by eight per cent.

Meanwhile, England Golf’s 2012 golf club membership questionnaire has revealed that, although golf club membership dropped overall, 25 per cent of clubs have experienced an increase in membership in the last two years. These clubs are being examined in detail to establish how they are achieving success.




Issued 28th November, 2012

Hurry to nominate golf’s champion volunteers

Time is running out to nominate golf’s champion volunteers for top national awards from the England Golf Partnership (EGP).

The closing date for nominations is Friday, 14 December 2012 and the easy-to-follow nomination form is found at

The awards celebrate the growing network of golf volunteers who support new and emerging players. They will be presented during the 2013 County Golf Development Conference in February.

There are seven different Volunteer of the Year Award categories which take in age groups, including under-18, volunteer coaching, those involved in club and county development, and lifetime achievers.

The winners will come from the network of golf volunteers whose passion inspires others to take up and enjoy the sport. They contribute within golf clubs, schools, county golf partnerships, training schemes and many other programmes.

Phillip Beard, Volunteer Manager for the England Golf Partnership, said: “Volunteers of all ages give up their time to help new and existing players and to make golf a truly welcoming game. We want to celebrate these volunteers and give them to the special praise they deserve.”

In its objective to ‘Grow the Game’, the EGP has expanded its volunteer base through a dedicated national strategy. Traditional club volunteers have now been joined by many young leaders, as well as volunteer coaches, PGA professionals who combine volunteer work with their regular coaching, schoolteachers and community sports representatives who all gain satisfaction from helping golfers of all abilities to play golf in our clubs and communities.


Issued 2nd November, 2012

COBRA PUMA gift supports get into golf activities

Sporting goods company COBRA PUMA GOLF has given hundreds of golf clubs to support England’s County Golf Partnerships (CGPs) as they work to encourage more people to get into golf.

The company has donated over 200 packs, each of four seven-irons, to be used by beginners at tasters and follow-on coaching sessions with PGA professionals.

The clubs are going to 23 of the country’s CGPs, which work to grow the game at grass roots level. The CGP network is an integral part of the England Golf Partnership’s (EGP) Whole Sport Plan for golf and part of its vision to make England the world's leading golf nation.

COBRA PUMA GOLF already supports England Golf’s GolfMark Club of the Year Award, which recognises clubs which make an outstanding and innovative contribution to junior and beginner golf.

Ian Barrett, EMEA Marketing Manager for COBRA PUMA GOLF said: “We are delighted to further our support for England Golf, and particularly the County Golf Partnerships as they work very hard to get more people of all ages into the game.

“Our philosophy at COBRA PUMA GOLF is very much about getting people to enjoy golf. By supporting important programmes like this, which are influential in the development of grass roots golf, we look forward to working in partnership to help grow the game and provide opportunities for the bright stars of the future.”

Richard Flint, England Golf’s Development Manager, commented: “This is a wonderful gesture by COBRA PUMA GOLF and their gift will be of great benefit to our County Golf Partnerships and to the growing number of people who are having a go at golf.”

All CGPs offer activities, such as taster sessions and coaching programmes, to attract beginners and returners to the game, particularly those aged 16 and over. Each partnership has a development officer and they build strong relationships with local golf clubs, ranges and PGA professionals. A number of partnerships are starting to work with their local universities, colleges and businesses to create even more interest in golf. This year their activities have been highlighted by the promotional Get into golf campaign.


Issued 24th July, 2012


Get into golf, the national campaign to inspire adults to take up the game, is launching a drive to attract women to the game.

Just over half the population is female – but only 14 per cent of golf club members are women. Get into golf is highlighting free or low-cost opportunities for women beginners and returners, together with the social and health benefits of golf.

The campaign is making the most of the current enthusiasm for the sport, thanks to last week’s Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes and the forthcoming Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Liverpool, and is reaching out to women through the work place and other networks.

Outdoor advertising and features in regional and local magazines will add extra support to the campaign in Cheshire.

Get into golf will also feature in Balance, a health and wellbeing programme aimed at over 450,000 NHS staff, of whom more than 80 per cent are female. It is also being delivered to 52,000 staff in 24 district councils.

Get into golf opportunities for women are run by the country’s network of County Golf Partnerships and include free or low-cost beginner courses with PGA professionals. These are a fun and sociable way to start golf – and a great way to make new friends.

 Everyone attending a beginner course will receive a basic introduction to the game, together with information about club membership and follow-on coaching opportunities.

Golf offers a winning combination of exercise, sporting skill and social interaction which make it the perfect tonic for good health and happiness. It really does tick all the boxes for optimal wellbeing.
There’s no better sport for bringing people together – whatever their age, background or ability. With plenty of time for conversation and fun, golf is the perfect way to make new friends and grow closer bonds with people you already know.

Visit and look at the activity map to find out about Get into golf opportunities for women or call 0800 118 2766


Issued 26th July, 2012


The Get into golf campaign will go for gold when it gets in the Olympic mood in the South West.

Golf – which will once again become an Olympic sport in 2016 - aims to prove a winner with visitors to the interactive Weymouth Beach Sports Arena from August 2-4. The arena is next to Weymouth & Portland Live where the Olympic sailing and other events will be screened during the 2012 Games.

Representatives of all six County Golf Partnerships in the South West - Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Cornwall and Devon – will be manning a stand and inviting visitors to try the sport.

They’ll be offered the opportunity to play virtual golf on a simulator, to have a go in the inflatable nets, to aim at Velcro targets, and to tackle a putting challenge.

Visitors will also be given information about low-cost taster and coaching opportunities with PGA professionals, together with details about local golf clubs.

Jamie Woodford, England Golf’s regional development officer said: “We’re looking forward to a great weekend.

“We’ve been told that the sports arena could attract 50,000 people a day and we hope many of them will come and try golf. We can promise lots of fun and a warm welcome.”

The national Get into golf campaign aims to inspire people to take up golf. It is run by the England Golf Partnership (EGP) through its network of County Golf Partnerships. Together, they work to grow the game and to achieve the EGP’s vision of making England the world’s leading golf nation by 2020.

To find out about golf taster sessions across the country visit or call 0800 118 2766.

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