Campaign launched in Nottinghamshire to inspire girls to play golf
Girls Golf Rocks is a new campaign that has been launched in Nottinghamshire to attract young female beginners to have fun, learn a new sport, get active and to play alongside their friends with no pressure.
The campaign tees off with free taster sessions, supported by the county girls, at the four clubs taking part: Norwood Park Golf Centre and The Nottinghamshire Golf & Country Club on Saturday, 9 April; and at Rufford Park Golf & Country Club and Trent Lock Golf Centre on Saturday, 16 April. Visit www.getintogolf.org/notts for more information and to book.
Following the tasters with PGA professionals, the four clubs will each offer four-week structured coaching programmes, with the county girl players mentoring the newcomers. All the girls who complete the coaching programme will be fitted with a free seven iron to help them continue to play.
The finale will be a fun par three competition at Norwood Park in June when new young players can enjoy playing holes with their mentors.
Esme Hamilton of Notts Ladies’ Golf Club is the county girls’ captain and one of the ambassadors. The 16-year-old said: “I've been playing golf since I was three when I started in the garden!
“I love every minute when I'm practising or playing golf with my friends. We always have so much fun and it's great when we hit a good shot near the flag.”
County junior organiser Emma Howie added: “We're really looking forward to giving girls all over Nottinghamshire the opportunity to try out golf. The girls who currently play in the county have such a great time when they get together both on and off the course, we think girls golf rocks!”
Currently, national figures show that only 1% of golf club members are girls, with an average of just two per club. When Girls Golf Rocks was successfully trialled in Essex last year 90 girls tried the game, 40 went on to take a four-week coaching course; 30 played in the par three competition and six became golf club members.
It’s running again in Essex this year and in eight other counties, including Nottinghamshire, where 44 girls play golf. Girls Golf Rocks is led by England Golf and supported by the Golf Foundation, county associations and sports partnerships.
Lauren Spray, the England Golf Women & Girls’ Participation Manager, said: “Girls Golf Rocks sets out to focus on the fun, social and friendship aspects of golf rather than just the playing and coaching side and we’ve had brilliant success. “The ambassadors have been fantastic – they all love golf and they’re sharing their enthusiasm with our new players.
Girls Golf Rocks has coincided with a growing focus on the women and girls’ game and the launch of the video campaign #ThisGirlGolfs which aims to challenge perceptions and inspire participation. The video features women and girls from all over the country and from different walks of life and backgrounds who are enjoying golf for many reasons and fitting it into their everyday lives.
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