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Below is the national press release sent out by England Golf on 28th March, featuring our very own Girls Golf Rocks project:-

Issued 28 March, 2017

Girls’ golf is about to get rocking in Buckinghamshire!

Girls Golf Rocks 2016

Girls’ golf will be rocking again in Buckinghamshire when the successful campaign to inspire new young players returns in April.

Girls Golf Rocks is all about attracting beginners to have fun, learn a new sport, get active and play alongside friends.

Free girls’ taster sessions will be on offer at four clubs, followed by group coaching courses with PGA professionals, supported by young ambassadors from the county squads.

This year Girls Golf Rocks will launch in Buckinghamshire with taster sessions at:

Abbey Hill Golf Centre on Saturday 22 April, 1-3pm

Huntswood Golf Club on Saturday 22 April, 10am-12noon

Wexham Park Golf Centre on Saturday 6 May, 2-4pm

Harewood Downs Golf Club on Saturday 13 May, 10am-12noon and 1-3pm

To book visit www.getintogolf.org/GGR

Following the tasters, the clubs will each offer a five-week coaching course with PGA professionals, when the ambassadors will be on hand to encourage the newcomers. All the girls completing the coaching courses will be given a US Kids Golf 7-iron to help them start playing.

Then, the new players will be invited to a fun day with the ambassadors featuring multi-skills challenges and the chance to play on a golf course.

Girls Golf Rocks is a national campaign, run jointly by England Golf and the Golf Foundation, and it aims to increase the number of girl golfers from an average of just two full members per club.

It ran in Buckinghamshire for the first time last year and was very successful with almost 70 girls attending the tasters and 50 taking up some type of club membership.

Sue Ashworth, the Buckinghamshire County Captain, looked ahead to this year’s programme and remarked: “Our eight county ambassadors range in age from 11 to 17 and are looking forward to meeting new girls who are keen to try the sport for the first time. 

“I’m confident their enthusiasm for the game will highlight that golf is a sport for all, can become a lifelong hobby and has huge health, social and personal development benefits. We look forward to seeing lots of eager faces at the Taster Days planned in the coming months and are keen to spread the word that Girls Golf Rocks!”

Georgina Bowers is the Buckinghamshire junior captain and will be supporting the project for the second year as an ambassador. The 17-year-old from Stoke Park feel that the project benefits her, as well as the new girl golfers: “I found the GGR set-up and sessions really useful and fun for both myself and the new golfers taking part.

“As I am very interested in making a career in golf at some level I felt the programme gave me confidence to be able to interact with new golfers of all ages and abilities.”

Girls Golf Rocks started in 2015 with a trial in Essex. Ambassadors and new players from the county are now featured in a Girls Golf Rocks video, which captures all that’s special about the programme. Bella Jay, 14, sums it up when she says: “Golf has done so much for me, I love it. You should come and join us and see how much fun it is.” Click here to view the video.

Caption above: Some of the Buckinghamshire ambassadors (image © Leaderboard Photography).


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