England and Wales (North) Region
28 Feb 14
The fledgling Lancashire County Golf Partnership got off to a flying start when in excess of 200 delegates from more than 70 clubs attended the official launch at Bolton Old Links.
“We were overwhelmed by the turn-out,” said county development officer Iain Lancaster.
“The build-up had been brilliant and the people who came here to listen to our initiatives will have returned to their clubs with some exciting ideas on how to grow the sport.”
He added: “This is the time to break down the barriers and get the message across that golf is for everyone.”
Sean Hammill, England Golf’s regional development officer, revealed it was the biggest launch attendance he’d witnessed, describing it as a “reflection on the enthusiasm for the game in the county.”
He also outlined the importance of the partnership in encouraging more people to get into golf thanks to Sport England funding.
“There’s a network of county golf partnerships in the country and Lancashire can now take advantage of a whole range of projects and benefits. It has a key role to work alongside clubs and driving ranges to increase participation.”
Andy Leigh, the North West Region officer for the Golf Foundation and a member of Chorley Golf Club, said: “We are a charity dedicated to developing juniors from the moment they pick up a club right the way through to becoming a club member.
“We also offer skills for life which come through playing the game which include such things as honesty and respect. HSBC Golf Roots programme is our national initiative which is very flexible. One of our key areas is schools but we don’t go into them with no clear pathway to excel in the game without involving the local clubs. We are also involved with community groups.”
Leigh also emphasised the importance of the role of PGA professionals in teach the sport. And he made a plea to encourage more girls to take up the game.
Other speeches came from Paul Keeling, who explained England Golf’s customer services workshops, and Beth Kay, from Lancashire Sports, who highlighted available funding for clubs.
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