National Golf Month (NGM) launched on Wednesday, 27th April at the Palace of Westminster, helped by Sports Minister, David Evennett. The initiative, which runs throughout May, aims to inspire 100,000 new players to #getgolfing, with a particular focus on getting more women and young people to take up the sport.
The launch included a chipping and putting competition in the shadows of ‘Big Ben’ for MPs, Peers and school children. Operated through Parliament’s All-Party Group for Golf, the body responsible for ‘promoting the sport of golf’, the day also gave MPs the opportunity to learn more about the sport in their constituencies.
Hosting the launch on Speaker’s Green was Chairman of the Parliamentary Golf Group and Member of Parliament for Lincoln, Karl McCartney MP. He said “I am delighted that the Parliamentary Golf Group has been able to support National Golf Month. Golf is great exercise, very social, and cheaper than people may think. I hope that National Golf Month will be successful in its aim to promote opportunities to participate in golf more widely.”
NGM is a BGIA (British Golf Industry Association) initiative. Their former Chairman and Director of National Golf Month, Doug Poole explained:
“Golf is one of the nation’s most popular sports and launching at Parliament with so much support helps demonstrates the benefits of the sport. National Golf Month aims to show how easy it is to #getgolfing and if people go onto our website, they will find opportunities to try and play golf across the UK.
“Already, with more clubs and golf professionals still signing up, there are 260,000 places available through www.nationalgolfmonth.com*”
The R&A also supports the initiative, their CEO, Martin Slumbers, said ‘I am very much looking forward to National Golf Month and the opportunities it provides to showcase the sport. A Parliamentary launch is both welcome and important since it promotes the game so widely’.
* calculated as the number of events loaded into the website and then multiplied by the number for places available on each events
For more information on the event, please visit www.nationalgolfmonth.com and follow #getgolfing on Twitter It is not too late to register to take part in National Golf Month.
To sign up please visit:
Pro Sign Up
Club Sign Up