National pay and play golf course operator Mytime Active has joined in with an intelligent fundraising project started by leading online tee-time booking provider Teeofftimes.co.uk to help the next generation of golfers.
Supporting the national charity the Golf Foundation and its work to make golf more accessible to youngsters from all backgrounds, the Teeofftimes.co.uk initiative has got off to a flying start since its April launch.
Selected group and independent golf clubs are being asked by the Golf Foundation to donate funds raised from the sale of up to four golf course green fees, collected by the Teeofftimes.co.uk team.
Teeofftimes.co.uk is also donating all of the commission from the sale of these tee times directly to the Foundation’s ‘HSBC Golf Roots’ programme, which reaches more than 750,000 youngsters through golf each year.
Mytime Active, which operates and manages 19 golf courses in England, has now joined De Vere Hotels & Resorts, which recently gave its support to the project. Mytime Active is donating two tee times from each of its 19 courses.
So far, more than 50 golf clubs have donated funds raised from over 100 tee times and received donations have already topped £5,000. If the good progress continues it is hoped that £10,000 could be secured soon after The Open Championship.
Richard Barker, General Manager of Teeofftimes.co.uk, said: “This is a fantastic gesture from the team at Mytime Active and follows similar generosity recently from De Vere Hotels & Resorts and a number of individual golf clubs that we work with. This activity is now creating real momentum to raise an exciting figure for the Foundation team.
“For Teeofftimes.co.uk, a company that is working with key partners in providing playing opportunities for all golfers, we wanted to put something back into the game by supporting the Golf Foundation in this way.”
Mytime Active delivers affordable golf and through the company’s ‘Get Active in Golf’ programmes, it encourages lapsed golfers and people new to golf to experience the game and continue playing on a regular basis.
Brad Chard, Mytime Active Golf Division Manager, said: “As a social enterprise, we are continually reinvesting in our local communities to ensure that golf is accessible and affordable. Our aim is to reduce the barriers to participation in golf, particularly amongst young people. We work with like-minded partners and support initiatives such as this to open the game up to all.”
Mike Round, Chief Executive of the Golf Foundation, said: “We would like to offer a huge thank you to the team at Mytime Active for having the foresight to support junior grass roots golf in this way. I am sure individual golf clubs will follow this excellent example. All the money raised will be spent on making sure children, from a wide range of circumstances, will get to enjoy golf and the great benefits this sport has to offer.”
Teeofftimes.co.uk is the Golf Foundation’s ‘Official Tee-Time Booking Partner’ and is helping the leading golf charity to raise awareness and funds with the support of its network of golf club customers.
The Golf Foundation is also pleased with the numbers of individual clubs joining the project. This is aimed at existing Teeofftimes.co.uk customers for ease of administration in donating tee times.
Golf clubs who would like to find out more about how they can become involved at a local level with the Golf Foundation can contact one of eight Regional Development Officers through the ‘Contact Us’ button at www.golf-foundation.org
Golf clubs wishing to find out more about the services of Teeofftimes.co.uk can contact General Manager Richard Barker on 07793 775207, or email RBarker@teeofftimes.co.uk
HSBC Golf Roots and the Golf Foundation www.golf-foundation.org