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Staffordshire "Get into Golf" initiative
24th November 2012

STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY GOLF PARTNERSHIP

 MORE THAN 1,400 people have taken the opportunity to get into golf during the summer months in Staffordshire.

A wide range of activities in clubs across the county are making it easier than ever for would-be golfers to give the sport a try.

The schemes are run under the umbrella of the Staffordshire County Golf Partnership, which brings together the county union, ladies association and PGA professionals.

They form part of a nationwide Get into golf campaign with clubs also offering a pathway into future membership for those getting involved.

County development officer Sean Hammill and the area's PGA professionals have been busy supporting the Golf Foundation in its work to build links with primary and secondary schools, taking the campaign right through to further education at universities and colleges, while also providing opportunities for older adults to give golf a go.

Their efforts have been supported by clubs throughout Staffordshire, who have staged open days and taster sessions, backed Midlands Golf Week and introduced a range of discount membership fees.

The CGP has also taken golf out onto the road, with Get into golf events being staged at university freshers' week and village fetes.

Says Sean Hammill, county development officer for the Staffordshire CGP: "The clubs have got behind the campaign to encourage more people to give golf a go and are breaking down the barriers by offering free taster sessions backed up by low-cost follow on coaching and a pathway into future club membership which is affordable and flexible.

"It is also important to take the message about the potential health benefits that playing golf can bring and the active social life associated with the sport out into the community, which is why the CGP has been active at varied events in the universities, colleges and local community."

Says Sharon Heeley, regional development officer for England Golf: "The work of the county golf partnership continues to bring real benefits to the clubs and it is refreshing to see those that are trying new ideas and taking a proactive approach by engaging with their local community are reaping the benefits."

Get into golf is a national campaign to inspire new golfers run by the England Golf Partnership through its network of County Golf Partnerships, which work to grow the game.

Get into golf opportunities include free or low-cost beginner courses with PGA professionals. They are a fun and sociable way to start golf - and a great way to make new friends.

To find your nearest centre visit   getintogolf.org   and look at the activity map or  call 0800 118 2766

The England Golf Partnership (EGP) brings together the amateur governing body, England Golf and the PGA, to grow the game with the support of the Golf Foundation and Sport England.

County Golf Partnerships, involving the county men's women's and professional organisations, are part of the EGP's Whole Sport Plan for golf and an integral part of its vision to make England the world's leading golf nation by 2020.

In Staffordshire the partnership is supported by the Staffordshire Ladies County Golf Association, the Staffordshire Union of Golf Clubs and the Staffordshire PGA.

For more details of the activities in Staffordshire visit www.staffsgolfpartnership.com .

For more information on the work of the Staffordshire Golf Partnership contact Sean Hammill, County Development Officer, Staffordshire County Golf Partnership.

Website: http://www.staffsgolfpartnership.com/

Mobile: 07771 794193

Email: sean.hammill@btinternet.com







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