Golf – which will once again become an Olympic sport in 2016 – looks set to inherit a great legacy from London 2012.
England’s Get into golf campaign ran a stand for three days at the interactive sports arena at Olympic Live in Weymouth, close to all the sailing action, and thousands of visitors grabbed the chance to try the game.
They flocked to have a go on the simulator, to take on the putting challenges, to swing in the inflatable nets and to aim at the Tri-golf targets. “It was amazing,” said organiser Dee Wood of the Dorset Golf Partnership.
“There were 16,000 visitors to the site during the three days we were there and it seemed as though every one of them wanted to try golf. We were non-stop from 10am to 6pm.
“It was a fantastic success and just couldn’t have gone better,” added Dee, who had to draft in extra volunteers after the first day. “The Olympics is creating so much interest in sport and it looks as though golf will really benefit.”
She was supported by her fellow county development officers and volunteers from all the County Golf Partnerships in the South West: Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall as well as Dorset.
Visitors were also given information about follow-on coaching opportunities at local clubs and details about the Get into golf website which lists taster sessions and coaching opportunities across the country.
The national Get into golf campaign aims to inspire people to take up golf. It is run by the England Golf Partnership (EGP) through its network of County Golf Partnerships. Together, they work to grow the game and to achieve the EGP’s vision of making England the world’s leading golf nation by 2020.
To find out about golf taster sessions across the country visit www.getintogolf.org or call 0800 118 2766.