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Worcestshire encourage more than a thousand to take up the sport
4th November 2012

WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY GOLF PARTNERSHIP

MORE THAN 1,000 people have taken the opportunity to get into golf during the summer months in Worcestershire.

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 Worcestershire County Golf Partnership, which brings together the men's 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 Warwick Holland and the area's PGA professionals have been busy supporting the Golf Foundation in its work to build links with primary and secondary schools, while also taking the campaign right through to further education at universities and colleges, and providing opportunities for older adults to give golf a go.

Special initiatives have seen the county golf partnership working with brownies and beavers groups in Worcestershire, running Learn Golf in a Day programmes, supporting the Birmingham Young Adults campaign and organising disability golf sessions.

The county also held a Generation Gap event - encouraging girl golfers to play with an adult as part of the drive to break down barriers in golf - and has also targeted ladies gyms, football teams and hockey clubs to help encourage newcomers into the sport.

Their efforts have been supported by clubs throughout Worcestershire, who have staged open days and taster sessions, backed Midlands Golf Week by running roadshows and are offering new, flexible membership options.

Says Warwick Holland, county development officer for the Worcestershire CGP: "A lot of hard work is going on with people of all ages and abilities to spread the message about how easy it is to get into golf and the social and health benefits that the sport brings.

"By taking a proactive approach, clubs can help secure the long-term future of both the sport and their own organisations."

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 putting in the effort reaping the rewards."

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.

For more information on the work of the Worcestershire Golf Partnership contact Warwick Holland, County Development Officer, Worcestershire County Golf Partnership.

Website: www.partnership.worcestershireamateurgolf.co.uk

Telephone: 07737 110273 or 01527 541054

Email: warwickholland@aol.com







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