There is nothing new about efforts to drive women and girls’ golf participation, but when there is a commitment to encourage change from golf’s governing body, The R&A, including a ﬁnancial commitment of £80 million over the next 10 years, then it’s a big deal.
Last month, The R&A launched the Women in Golf Charter that asks golf to pledge its support to increasing the number of women playing and working in golf. The national federations and other golf bodies that adopt the Charter will be required to build on current initiatives and develop new projects, and targets will be set for participation and membership with annual reporting of progress.
In order for the Charter to be a success, golf clubs have a fundamental role to play in changing the current culture of women's golf, as summised perfectly by The R&A’s Chief Executive Martin Slumbers.
“Clubs need to tick all the boxes of what women want and that’s fun, fitness, friendship and a decent coffee machine. The reality is that if we continue to offer the same product that we’re offering today, we will not grow as a sport".
"It hasn’t worked for 10 years, and there’s no reason it’s going to work for the next 10 years, so we have to change."
Hearing that there is a huge opportunity to grow the sport through women, girls and family is nothing new either, but this Charter has created a way for everyone to pull together. Change needs to happen quickly, and if it doesn’t, then we’ll all suffer the consequences.
We want to hear from you...
What do you think about the new Women in Golf Charter? There's no doubt that it's time for change, but do you think that your golf club is prepared for the 21st century or will it have to be dragged there kicking and screaming?
This is just a snippet of Alison's full article in the latest issue of Women & Golf magazine. You can pick up Women & Golf, on sale from Friday 15th June, or click here to subscribe now to read the full feature and enjoy W&G delivered to your door!
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