Golfing grants encourage women and girls to start and stay in the sport
Summary of story from English Golf Union, August 3, 2011
Over 3,000 women and girls were encouraged to take up golf in 2010 thanks to a grant from the English Women’s Golf Association (EWGA).
The EWGA Women and Girls Grant was made available to all 32 County Golf Partnerships (CGPs) and also to the ladies’ county associations which are not involved in a partnership.
Their activities, designed to encourage new golfers to start and stay in the game, attracted an average of 102 women and girls in each county. Of these, 59 per cent were girls and 41 per cent women.
The EWGA funding means the CGPs can be more confident and imaginative in their local golf provision, supported by EWGA/English Golf Union development officers, PGA professional coaches and the Golf Foundation in reaching the wider community and schools to find new players.
Commenting on the success of the 2010 scheme, Simon Wood, County Development Officer for Cornwall CGP, said: “The Women and Girls Grant has been very beneficial in getting more women and girls into golf.
“Our coaching was very successful with 151 women and girls taking part – and over half were interested in follow up sessions”.
The EWGA Women & Girls Grant is an initiative jointly provided by the EWGA and EGU in support of the EWGA’s strategy to ‘Drive Women’s Golf’, and forms part of the England Golf Partnership’s ‘Whole Sport Plan’ for golf and vision to ‘Grow the Game’.