Girls’ golf is about to get rocking in Northumberland with a campaign to inspire new players underway across the county.
Girls Golf Rocks aims to attract beginners to have fun, learn a new sport, get active and play alongside friends – with no pressure. Girl golfers from the county squad will be acting as ambassadors, sharing their enjoyment and inspiring the newcomers. The project started on May 5-6 with free taster sessions as six clubs – Arcot Hall, Bedlingtonshire, Alnmouth, Close House, Hexham and Ponteland – for girls aged five to 18, which will be followed by coaching courses with PGA professionals.
Northumberland is one of six counties to join the national campaign in 2018, which is run jointly by England Golf and the Golf Foundation, with U.S Kids providing equipment. It aims to increase the number of girl golfers from the average of just two full members per club. When Girls Golf Rocks ran in 15 counties last year more than 850 girls took part and more than 730 enjoyed it so much they went on to take coaching courses.
Irene Gillon, the County Girls’ Organiser for Northumberland, said: “Sometimes girls feel very apprehensive about trying the game and so using current players as ambassadors will be a great encouragement.
“It is very important to grow the game of golf for junior girls and to help show new players how much fun the game can be. This would encourage more girls to become members of golf clubs as often they can feel isolated.”
Follow the campaign on Twitter @GirlsGolfRocks1 or Facebook.com/GirlsGolfRocks or go to www.girlsgolfrocks.org