England Golf and GCMA join forces for 2022 sessions

England Golf and the Golf Club Managers’ Association (GCMA) will stage a series of joint webinars and interactive sessions during 2022 after pledging to work closer together in areas of shared interest for the enhancement of the game in this country.

The success of regular communication throughout 2021 has paved the way for greater collaboration on key topics over the next 12 months – with the first online webinar of 2022 taking place on Thursday 13 January.

The opening webinar will involve discussion and sharing of best practice ideas on what is a fundamental pillar of both bodies’ long-term strategies – Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity.

The session, entitled ‘Making our sport more inclusive’, will be hosted jointly by the chief executives of both organisations – Jeremy Tomlinson on behalf of England Golf and Tom Brooke from the GCMA.

There is a shared recognition that golf club managers are central to delivering on a policy that is at the heart of both England Golf and the GCMA’s long-term vision for the game.

The important part golf club managers play in the roll out of other key areas of policy  will be reflected in the choice of topics for future quarterly sessions.

SafeGolf and wider governance issues, the development of the World Handicap System (WHS), iGolf, England Golf’s new digital community of independent golfers, and sustainability will feature high on the agendas at future conferences.

Commenting on the planned sessions for 2022, Tomlinson said: “I hope that these meetings – whether they are staged virtually or face-to-face – will continue to build on the foundations laid during 2021.

“Over the past year, I have worked closely with Tom on a number of subjects of common interest and it’s clear that what unites England Golf and the GCMA is far stronger than any opinions that may have divided us in the past.

“It is, therefore, logical that we use the strengths of both organisations and the level of expertise that we have among our staff to ensure that golf clubs remain vibrant, welcoming and forward-thinking facilities at the heart of our local communities.”

The series of planned sessions highlights the importance of collaboration between golf’s governing body in England and the GCMA whose members are highly influential in delivering the strategic initiatives of the game.

Brooke stated: “This is a great opportunity for our members to not only be involved and informed on the direction of the game, but also able to help to influence decision making in a constructive and collaborative way.

“Bringing our two organisations together on this platform can only benefit everyone involved in the running of the game and ensure that our places of work are fit for purpose in a rapidly changing environment.”