Lancashire bid to attract women golfers

 LANCASHIRE clubs are being urged to answer a rallying call to help increase the number of women playing golf.

The latest participation figures have shown a healthy four per cent rise in overall statistics but the number of girls and ladies taking to the fairways remains an area for improvement.

Golfing organisations in the county are combining to stage a special conference to help clubs develop a successful approach in helping more females take up the sport.

High-profile guest speakers will outline a practical way forward for clubs to adopt – with England Golf’s club development officers offering further support to help build on the lessons of the day-long event at Mytton Fold Golf Club, near Blackburn, on March 15 (10am).

Registration for the free event is now open.

Full details are available from https://www.lancashiregolf.org/county_conference_2018

A special working party has been looking at how to deliver the new women’s golf initiative in a unique collaboration including representatives from the Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs, the Lancashire Ladies County Golf Association, England Golf, the Golf Foundation and the Golf Club Managers’ Association.

Phil Harvey, secretary of the Lancashire Golf Development Group, said: “At the end of the conference clubs will leave with a blueprint for the kind of activities, attitudes and approaches that will make a real difference in encouraging more women to play golf.

“This may range from a different membership structure, creating more family time or developing clear coaching pathways for female players – but clubs will have a practical and useful variety of ideas which they can adopt to best suit their own needs.

“The first step is to register for this conference and to get involved with the important discussion that must be had around women’s golf.

“The conference will discuss why it is so important to grow the women’s game, the obstacles to doing so, how it can be achieved and the help available to all clubs.”

Guest speakers at the conference will include representatives from the world governing body, the R&A, as well England Golf, which oversees the amateur game in this country. They will be looking to inspire and motivate clubs to make the changes that will make the sport even more attractive to would-be female golfers.

 

Harvey added: “Clubs should not miss this conference because it will help them develop the right strategy to get more women playing golf.

“More female players means a more active social side to a club, stronger family ties and an increase in revenue – all of which contributes to the long-term sustainability of our clubs and sport.”

 

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