Push is on to attract more women golfers

Professional female golfer Kiran Matharu, from Leeds, at Cookridge Hall Golf Club, Leeds.
Professional female golfer Kiran Matharu, from Leeds, at Cookridge Hall Golf Club, Leeds.
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Get into golf, the national campaign to inspire adults to take up the game, is launching a drive to attract women to the sport.

Just over half the population is female but only 14 per cent of golf club members are women, so get into golf is highlighting free or low-cost opportunities for women beginners and returners, together with the social and health benefits of golf.

The campaign aims to maximise the current enthusiasm for the sport, thanks to last week’s Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes and the forthcoming Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Liverpool.

It will also feature In Balance, a health and well-being programme aimed at over 450,000 NHS staff, of whom more than 80 per cent are female. It is also being delivered to 52,000 staff in 24 district councils.

Get into golf opportunities for women are run by the country’s network of County Golf Partnerships and include free or low-cost beginner courses with PGA professionals. These are a fun and sociable way to start golf – and a great way to make new friends.

Everyone attending a beginner course will receive a basic introduction to the game, together with information about club membership and follow-on coaching opportunities.

The Willow Valley club at Brighouse is in the middle of an eight-week series of free coaching taster sessions – Mondays between 6pm and 7pm, Wednesdays from 11am to noon and Thursdays between 7pm and 8pm.

Anyone wanting more information should contact the Highmoor Lane club, on 01274 878624 or, via email: drands@wvgc.co.uk

Alternatively, visit www.getintogolf.org and click on the activity map to find out about opportunities, or call 0800 118 2766.

Meanwhile, after an extensive recruitment process England Golf has identified 10 experienced coaches to spearhead its revamped under-16’s boys regional programme from September 2012 onwards.

Under the tenure of Nigel Edwards, England Golf’s Director of Coaching, investment in the existing Regional Coaching Programme will be increased, extending the number of contact days with the players selected to attend.

The 10 coaches recruited and the regions they have been allocated to are as follows: Kendal McWade – North; Steven Robinson – Yorkshire; Peter Barber – North West; David Brooks – West Midlands; Lysa Jones – East Midlands; Rob Watts – Thames Valley; John Jacobs – South West; John Noble – South; Steven Orr – South East.

● There are a few places left for The Amken Classic, one of the longest-running charity events in the Yorkshire calendar, at Bridlington (Belvedere) next Friday.

The competition, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, is open to men’s, ladies and mixed pairs. More details from Ian Rogers on 0113 243 6970, 07870 506071 or by e-mail ian@amken.co.uk

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