• 200 girls have pledged to get a friend to play the sport
• It is hoped it will have a ripple effect across the country
We’re always looking for ways to grow the game, so how about this for a good idea from England Golf?
At the English Girls’ Championship, 200 players pledged to introduce one friend to the sport, with the campaign’s aim to create a ripple effect across the country and, in turn, help boost participation levels of the sport.
"I have pledged to get one of my friends to take up golf" - Charley Hull
The campaign comes after new data revealed positive signs for female golf participation in Great Britain & Ireland. A press release, issued by Scottish Golf, stated that Get into Golf, a national campaign supported by amateur bodies, the European Tour, the Ladies European Tour, the PGA, the Golf Foundation, the R&A and Sky Sports, is having a great effect.
Read more -> Merger of The R&A and LGU nears completion
England Golf ambassador Charley Hull, who is currently playing at the Ricoh Women’s British Open in Woburn, said: “I have pledged to get one of my friends to take up golf so I can help grow the game and inspire the next generation to play. Golf is great to play with your friends – it’s a good way of spending some quality time together whilst doing exercise at the same time!”
Lauren Spray, women & girls' participation manager at England Golf, added: “It’s fantastic to see so many young girls pledging to help grow the game. This year is a really exciting year for golf with the sport being included in the Olympics for the first time in 112 years.
“With professional women such as Charley Hull and Scotland’s Catriona Matthew representing Team GB in Rio we are hoping that this will also help to inspire more women and girls all across the country to take up the game.”
Read more -> Brazil's Lovelady will 'have tears in eyes' in Rio
As well as Get into Golf, other England Golf programmes to grow participation include Golf Express, which promotes nine-hole golf to encourage busy people to play all the game in half the time, while the body has just held Women’s Golf Month to draw attention to the opportunities available.
England Golf :: Grow the game
What do you make of the latest plan to help grow the game among women and girls in the UK? Leave your thoughts in the ‘Comments’ section below.