The Golf Foundation has a new Executive Director. The organisation’s Development Manager, Michael Round, was appointed this week following an extensive selection process and will take up his post from 1st May.
The Golf Foundation’s Chairman, Ian Peacock OBE said, “Mike is totally committed to the growth of the organisation and has an excellent background in sports management. He has been extremely successful in developing our coaching programmes and is well respected amongst all the governing bodies of golf. Both the Council and I are delighted that he has accepted the post.”
Commenting on his appointment Mike Round said, “I am very excited about taking on such an important role and I look forward to working more closely with other golfing organisations. I will work hard to ensure that The Golf Foundation not only continues to fulfil its role within the game but also develops new and innovative ideas.”
Mike Round joined The Golf Foundation in January 1998 as Development Manager overseeing the development activities across the British Isles. Since then he has been responsible for the launch of the Starter Centre Initiative, promoting the revitalised Merit Award Scheme, The Junior Golf Leader’s Awards and the appointment of a team of four regional development officers in England.
Mike, aged 34, worked in local government for ten years, initially as a sports development officer, and prior to joining The Golf Foundation was principal leisure officer with Daventry District Council. As well as his knowledge of sports development he also has experience of facility management and event organising. His first job was a fitness development officer working on a Sports Council national demonstration project.
He has a recreation management degree from Loughborough University, is a member of Collingtree Park Golf Club and plays to a handicap of 6.7. Mike lives in Collingtree, Northamptonshire with his wife Judith and four children