18 Jul 18
The PGA has joined a host of other leading golfing bodies across the UK and Ireland in a new partnership to promote a safe and positive environment for everyone involved in the game of golf.
SafeGolf was launched at Carnoustie on the eve of the 147th Open Championship aims to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and adults who play, volunteer or work in golf.
A new website - http://www.safegolf.org – has been launched giving anyone who may have a concern about the welfare of a player, the behaviour or practice of a coach, volunteer, organiser, parent or a player, to contact the lead safeguarding officer at their national governing body.
The SafeGolf branding and name have been developed to be straightforward, easily understood and memorable for everyone involved in the sport.
Other members of SafeGolf include: England Golf, Wales Golf, Scottish Golf, Confederation of Golf in Ireland, Ladies European Tour, the Golf Foundation, Golf Club Managers’ Association, the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association and The R&A.
Robert Maxfield, Chief Executive of The PGA, commented: “The PGA has always promoted the well-being of all people within the game, we work with all other golf bodies to deliver this and we are proud to be a part of the new SafeGolf initiative.”
Gill Camina, independent Chair of the SafeGolf strategic group, said: “SafeGolf is a hugely positive partnership which increases the ability of the golf bodies to influence practice and act as advocates for safeguarding across the golfing landscape, developing a consistent approach to ensuring that all people have a fun, safe and positive experience when playing golf.
“The strength of shared expertise, improved communication and understanding between golfing organisations greatly increases the potential impact of this work and ensures that priorities are identified which are well informed and supported at every level of practice and participation.
“Each of the ten SafeGolf partners, who represent all areas of golf in the UK & Ireland, are fully committed to working together for the maximum benefit of young people and adults at risk. This is vitally important for the whole sport of golf.”
For more information visit http://www.safegolf.org.
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