Girls Golf Rocks! That’s the message from a group of girl golfers who want to inspire others to follow them into the sport.
Twelve members of the Essex County Girls squad have been trained as leaders and mentors for the project to promote the sport with the help of four local golf clubs.
Their message is that golf is a fun and sociable game, with health benefits and a competitive edge – and they want other girls to join in. Their recent photoshoot (image © Leaderboard Photography) for the campaign poster shows that golf can be anything but fuddy-duddy.
The Girls Golf Rocks campaign tees off with a big taster session in April at each of the four clubs taking part – Little Channels, Crowlands Heath, Playgolf Colchester and The Rayleigh Club. Three county squad girls will be helping out at each club.
Following the taster sessions, when local schoolchildren will be welcomed by the PGA professionals, there will be a four-week structured coaching programme provided by the clubs, with the county girl players mentoring the newcomers.
The finale will be a competition on the par three course at Channels GC in May, where new young players will enjoy playing holes with their mentors, benefiting from their experience and encouragement on the course.
The project is being led by the Golf Foundation and supported by England Golf and Active Essex.
Katie Moggan, Regional Development Officer for the Golf Foundation, said: “The Essex County Girls really do deserve great credit for launching Girls’ Golf Rocks and it is very much their project. As young, athletic players who love this game, and who exhibit a great sense of fun when playing golf, you really couldn’t find better ambassadors for this sport.
“In terms of breaking down the barriers for new girl golfers, these county players really ‘get it’. They know how to encourage new players and I am sure they will be excellent mentors for young people coming into these clubs.”
The project will be directly linked to the national ‘This Girl Can’ promotional campaign on TV and other media (www.thisgirlcan.co.uk) which aims to inspire more women and girls to enjoy exercise. See more also on Twitter at #thisgirlgolfs.
Katie praised Lauren Spray, Women and Girls Participation Manager for England Golf, Helen Tarttelin, Essex County Development Officer, Louella Hitchcock, Essex County Captain, and Wendy Cook, County Junior Girls Organiser for Essex, for their “brilliant work” in the organisation for a project which, if successful, may well be tried in other regions of the country.