14 Feb 19
The R&A’s drive to increase the number of women and girls participating in golf and to encourage more opportunities for women to work within the sport has been reflected in early success for the new Women in Golf Charter.
Launched last May in London, the Charter set out to inspire an industry-wide commitment to developing a more inclusive culture within golf globally.
It is designed to encourage actions that enable more women and girls to flourish and maximise their potential within the golf industry at all levels.
To date, 107 organisations have given their commitment to the Charter, including The PGA, pledging to build on current initiatives and develop new projects to increase the number of women, girls and families playing golf, as well as giving women wider opportunities to enjoy careers and volunteering in the sport.
Other organisations to sign up to the Charter include Golf Canada, Golf Australia, New Zealand Golf, the Italian Golf Federation, England Golf, Scottish Golf and Wales Golf.
Other organisations who have adopted the Charter include the PGA TOUR; the European Tour; the Ladies’ European Tour; the Golf Foundation; .
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “We are encouraged by the number of organisations who have recognised the importance of the Charter for the sport and pledged their support.
“It is a positive start but we need an industry-wide commitment to the Charter and support for measures that will foster a more inclusive culture within the sport and enable women and girls to reach their full potential."
The Professional Golfers’ Associations’ #WeLoveGolf campaign and TopGolf teamed up to drive women’s interest in trying out golf, with almost 100 women having the chance to hit their first golf ball in a fun and friendly environment.
“Gaining the support of national associations and organisations was the first phase of our plan,” added Slumbers. “We have also worked closely with them to collectively agree a process to support individual clubs in adopting the Charter and gain real momentum.
“The national body is the point of contact and will directly liaise with clubs in determining commitments to the Charter should a club wish to become a signatory.
“We would like national associations, with the involvement of clubs, to set targets for participation and membership as we look to increase the number of women, girls and families playing the sport.”
For more information about The PGA's #WeLoveGolf campaign CLICK HERE.