Lancs bid to get more women into golf

A HIGH profile range of key speakers is backing a new drive to encourage more women to take up golf in Lancashire.

The first county conference on how clubs can attract more female players will hear practical advice and a call to arms from some of the most influential figures in the sport.

The R&A, which is introducing a special women’s charter this year, will be represented by Jackie Davidson, assistant director of golf development, while Nick Pink, chief executive of England Golf which oversees the amateur game in this country, will also be delivering a keynote speech.

The free event at Mytton Fold Golf Club, near Blackburn, on March 15 is fully subscribed with more than 200 delegates representing 80 clubs from across the county. It is intended clubs will leave the conference with a raft of ideas to help get more girls and women out on to the fairways.

The day-long conference is the result of a unique collaboration between the Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs, the Lancashire Ladies County Golf Association, England Golf, the Golf Foundation and the Golf Club Managers Association.

As well as practical advice and ideas, the speakers will also challenge attitudes and approaches to women’s golf.

Social media sensation, the JazzyGolfer, will offer a perspective of golf from a 21st century 20-something, Emma Ballard, of Media8, will provide tips on how the sport should be marketed to women while Dr John Fry, from Myerscough College, will deliver an insight into what research can tell us about the perception of golf and clubs from a female viewpoint.

Phil Harvey, Lancashire Golf Development Group secretary, said: “The range of speakers will offer a wide variety of views – and in some cases a very new spin on what women think about golf and how clubs can react to best meet what the players are looking to gain from the sport, whether that be from a health, social or competitive point of view.

“The speakers will challenge clubs to look at things in a different way while continuing to provide the core values of golf club life. They will inspire and motivate the clubs to make the changes that will further broaden the appeal of the sport.

“Further advice and help will be available from the England Golf club support officers in Lancashire after the conference as we look to encourage more women to give golf a go.

“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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