The EGU has written to all English golf clubs asking them for their views on how the funds generated by Golf England should be allocated. Over 300 clubs have now signed up to Golf England and significant funds have therefore been released to the English Golf Union for the introduction of a grants/loan scheme to golf clubs.
The English Golf Union is keen to ensure that funds are allocated to the correct areas of the amateur game and are therefore working with member clubs in the decision-making process: prioritising spending between areas such as junior development initiatives, course redesign, greenkeeper training and Health & Safety issues. Canvassing opinion from the English golf community, allows clubs the scope to propose ideas as to how they might use the money.
Paul Baxter, chief executive of the English Golf Union, is aware of the importance of the survey. “This is a call to arms for English golf clubs. We want them directly involved in deciding how the money is spent – their feedback is vital.”
Dale Clements, Golf England’s marketing director, is enthusiastic about the clubs having such an input. “This survey highlights the EGU’s commitment to its member clubs and to English golf,” he said. “These funds generated through Golf England are to be used on projects which deliver better golfing facilities and which promote the game to a wider audience. As more clubs sign up to Golf England, more money will be released to the EGU for allocation to golf clubs requesting grants.”
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