That’s up by an impressive 121% on the previous 12 months and the newcomers are helping to generate additional income for golf clubs, driving ranges and coaches.
Richard Flint, England Golf’s Development Manager, commented: “This is a great success story for the County Golf Partnerships and a satisfying reward for all their hard work.”
The partnerships are proving particularly successful at attracting people aged over 16. Almost two-thirds of the total were in this age group and their number (34,458) has increased by a massive 217 per cent on 2010/11.
It’s hoped that many of the newcomers will stay in golf. Already, over 19,000 of the total have taken follow-on coaching and over 2,000 have joined golf clubs. The new memberships are equal to an investment of more than £1.44m in golf clubs, before any additional spending on coaching, green fees and refreshments. (Based on an average membership subscription of £688)
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. These results were achieved in the third year of the current plan, which runs from 2009-2013.
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.
The EGP anticipates that the county partnerships will encourage even more people to try golf during the next 12 months when their activities will also be highlighted by the new Get into golf promotional campaign.
Examples of activities offered by partnerships are detailed in the latest CGP Impact Report which can be downloaded at www.englandgolf.org/cgps