Girls Golf Rocks bigger and brighter for 2019
Girls Golf Rocks is back for 2019, with free taster sessions for girls now on offer in 26 counties.
Bookings have opened for the two-hour tasters, which will start in May and are running in a total of 116 clubs across England. Visit https://www.englandgolf.org/girls-golf-rocks/ to find a session and book.
Girls Golf Rocks is proving to be a popular programme run by England Golf and the Golf Foundation which attracts girls to the sport, supported by club and county girl ambassadors who act as mentors as they learn to play.
Five new counties are involved in this year’s recruitment campaign: Cornwall, Hampshire, Lancashire, Lincolnshire and Worcestershire.
They are joining Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cheshire, Cumbria, Dorset, Durham, Essex, Gloucestershire, Kent, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, Northumberland, Oxfordshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Sussex, Surrey, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Yorkshire.
Girls who enjoy the taster sessions can book on to a six-week coaching course for only £35. The price includes a US Kids 9-iron, and Girls Golf Rocks items including a polo shirt, goodie bag and water bottle.
Last year Girls Golf Rocks attracted 1,600 girls to taster sessions, with 1,200 going on to take coaching. This year, it’s hoped the numbers will be even higher.
All coaching will be provided by a PGA Professional and on the sixth week of the course the girls will put their skills into action out on the golf course. The newcomers will be supported by girls from their county and club who have been recruited and trained as ambassadors to inspire and encourage the new players.
Lauren Spray, England Golf Women and Girls’ Manager, commented: “We’ve had amazing success with Girls Golf Rocks and we’re looking forward to doing even better this year. This is a great way for girls to come along and try golf, make new friends and have fun. It really rocks!”
This year the Golf Foundation expects to help train more than 250 Girls Golf Rocks ambassadors, who then support the PGA pros and demonstrate to new young girls that golf can be a cool, sociable, healthy and athletic sport for all abilities.
A number of these ambassadors who show commitment and enthusiasm will be encouraged to take part in wider leadership training. The Foundation team and England Golf are holding a series of Ambassador Leadership Days this year, offering additional training workshops to girls to help them reach their potential in golf and in their wider lives.
One of the Golf Foundation’s official Ambassadors, Ladies European Tour player Felicity Johnson, supported this training back in the Autumn; this work forms part of the Foundation’s commitment to The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter, as this charity looks to encourage female sport and business leaders of the future.
For more information visit girlsgolfrocks.org or follow the campaign on Twitter @GirlsGolfRocks1 or on Facebook.com/GirlsGolfRocks. Please note all bookings and payments must be made through the website, not the host clubs.