Rock on! Girls’ golf is a smash hit

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England Golf Regional Manager Gareth Shaw grabs a selfie of the Girls Golf Rocks celebration event at Woodside GC, involving players from Prestbury, Lymm and Eaton golf clubs.

A SPECIAL event has been held to celebrate the success of the drive to encourage more girls to take up golf in Cheshire.

Thanks to the national Girls Golf Rocks campaign, a number of clubs in the county have seen an increase in their ranks.

Launched earlier this year, in a joint programme between England Golf and the Golf Foundation, ladies county associations and sports partnerships, the aim is to attract more beginners to have fun, learn a new sport, get active and play alongside friends – with no pressure.

Girl golfers from county squads act as ambassadors, sharing their enjoyment and encouraging other girls, aged five to 18.

The Cheshire celebration event, held at Woodside Golf Club, near Holmes Chapel, brought together players from three centres involved in the Girls Golf Rocks programme – Prestbury Golf Club, Lymm Golf Club and Eaton Golf Club.

More than 30 girls between the ages of seven and 15 took part, supported by ambassadors from the Cheshire County Girls Squad, who acted as team leaders.

The girls were divided into teams of four to take on nine fun-based, quickfire skills challenges.

This included fruit salad – which involves knocking a piece of fruit off a stick with a golf shot – and Tower Tumble, knocking down a tower of baskets with a golf shot.

The event was hosted by England Golf – represented by regional officer Gareth Shaw and Cheshire county development officers Sean Hammill and Alison Lysons. Also present were Barbara Baird, from the Cheshire County Ladies Association, and Roger Sowcroft, from the Cheshire Golf Development Group.

Sean Hammill, Cheshire CDO, said the event proved very popular.

“The feedback from the girls and their parents was extremely positive and they are all clearly enjoying their golf having taken advantage of the Girls Golf Rocks campaign to give the sport a go,” he said.

“The facilities and hospitality from Woodside on the day was fantastic and greatly appreciated. The girls will now continue with their coaching at the respective centres, where they will be given the chance to move on and enjoy the benefits of being a club member, too.”

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 seen some brilliant success stories.”

Get into golf is a national campaign run by the England Golf Partnership through its network of County Golf Development Groups, 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 getintogolf.org and look at the activity map or call 0800 118 2766

You can follow Get into golf on Twitter twitter.com/getintogolf or on Facebook at facebook.com/Getintogolf

For more details on the work of the Cheshire GDG visit http://www.cheshiregolfpartnership.com

 

 

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