The England Golf Trust is a new charitable trust supported by England Golf to provide grants and bursaries for boys and girls who need financial help to play the game. It replaces and extends the scope of the former EWGA Trust for girls’ golf and is being backed by ambassadors, BBC presenter Naga Munchetty and European Tour professional Robert Rock.
In a message to the launch event Munchetty stated, “Every time I play I see the effect that that game has on the development of young people’s personal skills, confidence and values – and this is why I am delighted to be associated with the England Golf Trust. Young people are the lifeblood of our golf clubs so helping them to play golf in a fun environment should be encouraged by us all.”
The Trust will help young people, aged under 21 or in full-time education, who are in financial need and who, without this support, would not be able to play golf. It will award grants and bursaries.
Money which was given to the EWGA Trust to help girls has been ring fenced and the Angela Uzielli and Bellamy Bursaries will also be open only to girls. But all future money will be available for both boys and girls.
Trust chairman Di Horsley said, “It became clear that to make a real difference to young people, we should have a trust supporting both boys and young men as well as girls and young women. The England Golf Trust fills a gap by offering help to young people who genuinely can’t afford to play golf, but who love the sport. It will give them the opportunity to stay in the game, to develop life skills including confidence, self-esteem and integrity and to help make up the heart and soul of our golf clubs.”
The Trust is seeking support in two ways, firstly by identifying those young people who need financial support to stay in the game and secondly by encouraging individuals and golf clubs to make a donation, make a bequest or buy a golf diary. More at: www.englandgolf.org