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Olympic Summer Inspires Thousands To Get Into Golf

10.53am 14th September 2012 - People - This story was updated on Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Seb Coe – the man behind London 2012 – can be counted among them. Lord Coe (pictured) teed up during a tour of the free sports arena on Weymouth Beach, close to the Olympic and Paralympic sailing events.

Up and down the country people joined him to grab the chance to try golf at grass roots events which helped celebrate the Games.

They were staged by the country’s network of County Golf Partnerships, which work to grow the game, and backed the England Golf Partnership’s Get into golf campaign.

Highlights included:

Golf will once again become an Olympic sport in 2016 and England Golf’s South East regional development officer Andy Willems remarked: “The feel good factor has certainly swept the nation during the Olympics and Paralympics. I am delighted that golf had an opportunity to be part of ‘inspiring a generation’ to get active and involved in sport.

“If we can sustain and harness this enthusiasm over the next four years to the Rio Games, we have a real opportunity to show how vibrant and viable golf can be.”

Steve Peet, the East regional development officer, added: ” These events put golf firmly in the public domain, alongside other sports, and helped to promote the ‘Get Into Golf Centres’ in each county and show the game is accessible and available to all.”

Visit http://www.getintogolf.org and look at the activity map to find out about Get into golf opportunities across the country or call 0800 118 2766

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