BBC staff tune into golf

BBC staff have been channelling their energies into a new sporting pursuit.

Staff from the BBC’s team at MediaCityUK enjoying their Get into golf taster session with PGA professionals from The Peel Group’s Trafford Golf Centre

Staff from the BBC’s team at MediaCityUK enjoying their Get into golf taster session with PGA professionals from The Peel Group’s Trafford Golf Centre

Workers at the corporation’s MediaCityUK headquarters in Salford have been enjoying free golf taster sessions.

PGA professionals from Trafford Golf Centre delivered the introduction to golf under the umbrella of the Lancashire County Golf Partnership.

Organised by Lizzie Dignam, who runs the BBC Salford Club, and Bev Dodds, development officer for the Lancashire CGP, the sessions offered staff something different that they can enjoy with their friends and family.

Nationally the Get into golf campaign and BBC Sport’s Get Inspired programme have teamed up to encourage people to get active and find new activities in their local area.

The sessions covered the basics of the game in a relaxed and enjoyable environment and golfing equipment was provided.

Peter Styles, director of golf at Trafford Golf Centre, said: “The taster sessions were delivered to golfing beginners, but they really enjoyed the experience and a number of them are now looking to carry on learning a sport that offers both social and health benefits to all ages and abilities. “The feedback we had was really positive with comments such as:

  • I love watching golf so I thought I would give it a go.
  • The session was great fun. Definitely want to do it again.
  • Great feeling when you hit a good shot. Just want to do it more now. 

After the taster sessions, follow-up coaching is available for the bargain price of just £25 for five lessons.  The scheme is open to individuals, groups or businesses and is aimed at beginners or those returning to the sport.

Styles added: “Our aim at Trafford Golf Centre is to create as many golfers as we can and for more people to enjoy the sport. We start new Get into golf taster sessions and coaching courses every two weeks at Trafford Golf Centre, so it is easy to find a time and date to suit you.”

The centre, at Trafford Quays next to the Trafford Centre and the Chill Factore ski slope, has links with a number of clubs in the Manchester area – including Flixton, Northenden, Sale and Davyhulme Park – which provides a pathway into potential golf club membership for those attending the 57-bay driving range, which has five qualified teaching professionals.

Get into golf is working alongside Get Inspired to extend its reach to millions of BBC viewers, listeners and web users across the country. “We are delighted to work with Get Inspired. This will be a big boost to our campaign to encourage people of all backgrounds and abilities to take up golf,” said Richard Flint, England Golf’s Participation & Club Support Director.

“With this increased awareness we are looking for more clubs to work with the Get into golf programme so that we can offer more opportunities across the country.”

Get into golf is a national campaign to inspire adults to take up the game and is run by the England Golf Partnership through its network of County Golf Partnerships, supported by Sport England and National Lottery funding.

Get into golf opportunities include FREE taster sessions and 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 and look at the activity map or call 0800 118 2766

You can follow Get into golf on Twitter or on Facebook at




Note to editors


The England Golf Partnership (EGP) brings together the amateur governing body, England Golf, and the Professional Golfers’ Association, to grow the game with the support of the Golf Foundation and Sport England National Lottery funding.


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.


The EGP runs a national Get into golf campaign through its network of County Golf Partnerships. The campaign offers low-cost taster and coaching opportunities to inspire people to try the game. More details at


In Lancashire the county partnership is supported by the Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs, the Lancashire Ladies’ County Golf Association, and the Professional Golfers’ Association.


Details on the work of the Lancashire CGP can be sourced at


For more information please contact:


Bev Dodd

County Development Officer

Lancashire County Golf Partnership


Twitter: @playgolfinlancs


David Birtill
County Partnership Press Officer
07850 539 110

01254 831844




Trafford Golf Centre is part of Peel Land & Property, a division of The Peel Group.

Trafford Golf Centre offers top class facilities with 57 undercover driving bays over two tiers with a floodlit outfield and extensive free on-site car parking.


The centre has five on-site PGA qualified teaching professionals and four state-of-the-art teaching bays in the Trafford Golf Academy, as well as an American Golf store. It is an iconic building immediately adjacent to Junction 10 of the M60, on the doorstep of the Trafford Centre and close to Chillfactore and AirKix.






Issued on behalf of England Golf Partnership by Richard Williamson

Mob: 07810 636 455


Twitter: @egppress


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