Girls Golf Rocks is celebrating a successful second year of growing the game by attracting new girl golfers. Over 80 per cent of girls who try the game at special taster sessions are going on to take coaching courses – and many are expected to move into club membership.
Girls Golf Rocks is also gaining a rapidly growing presence on social media as it spreads the message the golf is a great game for girls. It is helped by its ambassadors – all girls from county squads – who support the new players and show them that golf is a fun and friendly sport.
The recruitment campaign is run jointly by England Golf and the Golf Foundation and has received the backing of players like Annabel Dimmock, an England international in her amateur days and now a player on the Ladies European Tour. She co-hosted a taster session at Wexham Golf Club in Buckinghamshire, helping to inspire 35 newcomers to the game and taking part in an ‘Ask Annabel’ Q&A session.
Buckinghamshire is one of 15 counties taking part in this year’s Girls Golf Rocks, up from nine counties in 2016. The others involved are Bedfordshire, Cumbria, Dorset, Durham, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Kent, Leicestershire, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Wiltshire and Yorkshire.
The campaign is successfully encouraging hundreds of girls to take free taster sessions followed by coaching courses with PGA professionals and then a fun golf day, also involving the ambassadors.
Lauren Spray, England Golf Women and Girls’ Participation Manager, said: “Girls Golf Rocks is creating a growing awareness of girls’ golf and proving that if we can get them to try the game they will keep on playing. We hope this will encourage clubs to run more girls-only events to get them involved. We’re also making much more impact on social media and it’s a really effective way to reach more girls.”
For more information click here to visit the Girls Golf Rocks Facebook page. The top image shows Durham Girls Golf Rocks ambassadors, copyright Leaderboard Photography.