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Pledges support drive to get more women and girl golfers

2.30pm 14th August 2015 - Growing the Game

These girls golf! Conference delegates on the putting green (image © Leaderboard Photography)
These girls golf! Conference delegates on the putting green (image © Leaderboard Photography)

Clubs, counties and golf media have signed pledges to support England Golf’s drive to get more women and girls playing the game.

They committed to action at this week’s England Golf Women and Girls’ Conference at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire, which showcased inspiring women, success stories and great initiatives.

The promises support England Golf’s pledge to continue working closely with national and county partners and to support clubs to increase women and girls’ participation and membership.

The conference was part of England Golf’s first Golf Week and it followed the launch of the video campaign #ThisGirlGolfs which aims to challenge perceptions and inspire participation.

The video features women and girls from all over the country and from different walks of life and backgrounds who are enjoying golf for many reasons and fitting it into their everyday lives.

The conference picked up this theme by debunking myths surrounding golf and showing that:

England Golf’s strategy was highlighted to delegates by Lauren Spray, the Women and Girls’ Participation Manager, who drew attention to support for clubs to recruit and retain women and girl members.

This includes the production of a series of factsheets and a pilot project, working with 100 clubs in 13 counties, to grow women’s participation and membership.  A Women’s Advisory Group has also been created, bringing together key and influential people to help shape future plans.

Many inspirational success stories and initiatives were showcased, including:

#ThisGirlGolfs was funded and created by Sports Publications, England Golf and the Scottish Golf Union. It supports England Golf’s ‘Raising our Game’ strategy to get more people playing the game and joining clubs.

England Golf www.englandgolf.org

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