The EGU and ELGA are committed to the targets set by the England Golf Partnership (EGP), including increasing participation, the number of active members and the number of accredited golf clubs. The creation of a single development team means that the EGU and ELGA will be able to deliver the programmes that will support both golf clubs and golfers in a more streamlined and effective way.
The new regional development team will consist of six officers and includes two recent appointments, Melanie McMahon and Andy Willems to complement the established four officers from the EGU and ELGA.
Pauline Perla, CEO of ELGA commented, “By working together the ELGA and the EGU will be able to considerably improve the support we offer golf clubs throughout England. More officers will also enable us to provide solutions that reflect more local requirements.”
The new development team will continue to work closely with County Unions and Associations to support the formation of County Golf Partnerships that will provide a framework and implementation programmes based on the local needs of facilities, golfers, volunteers and professionals.
Golf clubs are fundamental to the development of the game. The development team will provide guidance and direction on a range of issues including junior development, GolfMark accreditation, sourcing of funds and grant aid, attracting and retaining members, child protection, equity policies and the production of development plans.
Paul Baxter, EGU Chief Executive added, “The England Golf Partnership has set stretching targets to reach whilst providing further financial support to the game of golf. I am confident the new team working together will help deliver those targets whilst providing more support for our clubs.”
The EGU and ELGA will continue to work alongside the Golf Foundation in order to support their development work within schools.
The English Golf Union (EGU) has served as the governing body of male amateur golf in England since it was founded in 1924. The English Ladies‘ Golf Association was founded in 1952 and is the governing body for female amateur golf in England.