Girls Golf Rocks is back for 2020
Girls Golf Rocks is back for 2020 and clubs the length and breadth of England can now sign up to make it bigger and better than ever.
The programme is now in its fifth year and has helped introduce over 5,000 girls to the game of golf – inspiring beginners to enjoy themselves in a fun, friendly and safe environment.
Applications are now open for clubs who wish to join in the fun for 2020 and encourage the next generation of girl golfers to pick up a club for the first time and have a ball at their local golf venue.
The closing date for applications is 8 January, 2020.
In 2019, 112 facilities across England signed up to make Girls Golf Rocks a runaway success.
In 2020, there is scope for up to 200 facilities across all counties to get involved in the biggest girls’ coaching programme in the country.
England Golf and the Golf Foundation have joined forces once again to set up the initiative and will provide marketing tools, resources and coach-funding for clubs eager to take part.
Clubs will be tasked with teeing up two separate six-week teaching blocks at times convenient to them between May and October 2020.
The emphasis on the lessons is for the girls to learn the fundamentals of the game, have fun with their mates in a comfortable and relaxed setting without too much emphasis on the coaching and competitive elements of the game.
The six-week blocks will take the girls through all the basics culminating in a final session on the course where they can put into practise all they have learned from their PGA-qualified coach.
Clubs can also stage taster sessions ahead of any coaching block – however this is at the discretion and expense of each club.
The aim of Girls Golf Rocks is to boost participation numbers and address for the long-term the disparity in numbers between girls and boys playing the game.
While qualified PGA professionals will lead the sessions, Girls Golf Rocks will also encourage current girl members to act as peer role-models and assist in the delivery at each club by becoming programme ambassadors.
In 2019, 166 girl ambassadors helped support the sessions and ensured it was the most successful campaign to date.
Lauren Spray, Women and Girls manager at England Golf said: “We’re excited to open applications to clubs looking to get involved in the 2020 Girls Golf Rocks campaign. “Thousands of girls have been already introduced to the sport and caught the golfing bug through Girls Golf Rocks. Now we want to encourage new recruits to share in the fun and start out on their own golfing pathway.”
Martin Crowder, Head of Development for the Golf Foundation, said: “Girls Golf Rocks offers young girls a great start in golf in a fun and welcoming atmosphere. The Girls Golf Rocks ambassadors play a vital role as they are able to show that golf can be a cool, sociable, healthy and athletic sport that new players can enjoy together and make new friends at the same time.”
For a 2020 application form and more details on the Girls Golf Rocks programme please go to www.girlsgolfrocks.org
Winter is Coming… and that’s great news for PGA coaches and junior golfers
The Golf Foundation is working closely with many PGA professionals up and down the country in a supportive campaign called ‘Winter is Coming’, which is enabling more focused junior coaching throughout the winter, a time when coaches can see a drop-out rate with junior players. As part of this support, the Foundation team has created a series of benefits for existing Junior Golf Passport users and also for those golf clubs signing up to the Passport for the first time.
PGA pros can access the Junior Golf Passport specific Winter is Coming webinar now at https://tinyurl.com/w4ezm5n
The Junior Golf Passport is the official learning programme in England and Wales, and continues to play a key role for the Golf Foundation as the charity works to change the lives of young people by introducing them to golf.
The Junior Golf Passport takes each child, step-by-step, through all the technical skills to play golf, from putting to the long-game, while guiding young players in basic course management, The Rules and etiquette, in a visually appealing way throughout (see www.juniorgolfpassport.org).
In many cases, the interest in the Passport from parents and families is also having a direct influence in overall golf club business as families support their children as they learn in the club environment.
The cost of the Junior Golf Passport is £120 for a 12-month licence.