Our Golf Foundation team was delighted to work with a highly enthusiastic group during the second session of our National Girls Leadership Programme this week, which is designed to empower girls as golfers and also in their wider lives as they look ahead to possible careers and influencing their peers.
Twenty-three young delegates took an active part in the online Golf Foundation conference which included the recent work of England Golf, the media, The PGA, the golf industry, the profession of greenkeeping and also the specific theme of inspiring others through leadership.
Some excellent guest speakers included Kim Wild (Chair of Women & Golf and a Trustee of the Golf Foundation), Nicola Bennett (PGA Trainee Professional, tournament player and friend of the Foundation), Lauren Spray (Women and Girls in Golf Manager, England Golf), Simon Hubbard (Head of The PGA’s Training Programme), Fame Tate (a PGA Professional and Owner of Stanedge Golf Club), Chloe Rogers and Matthew Johnson (both from Acushnet, a key supporter of the Golf Foundation), Sophie Bulpitt (Deputy Course Manager at The Berkshire) and Jim Croxton (CEO of the British and International Golf Greenkeepers’ Association).
Stacey Mitchell, girls’ golf lead for the Golf Foundation, said: “All of the guest speakers were fantastic and we are really grateful to them for sharing their incredible stories and inspiring some potential future leaders of our sport and other industries. All of the young delegates deserve praise for the way they are embracing this learning and looking ahead with confidence as to how they can contribute in golf and in their wider lives.”
There are two more sessions for the delegates in the week ahead on personal development and career themes.
The Golf Foundation believes in making the introduction of golf to young people fun, inspiring and inclusive. These values are being applied to recruiting and retaining more girls in golf and the Golf Foundation is proud to be a signatory of The R&A Women in Golf Charter.
See more on our work in girls’ golf here.