The Derbyshire Golf Development Group has been awarded an £8600 small grant by Sport England to help spearhead the drive to encourage more people into the sport in the county.
The money will be used to raise the profile of the sport in the local community with the aim of encouraging more people to take up the game and, hopefully, go on to become golf club members.
A community golf coach will be engaged to take the sport away from the established clubs and out into local parks, schools, organisations and businesses, with the help of a new inflatable and portable net.
Nigel Furniss, Development Officer for the Derbyshire Golf Development Group, said: “It is really encouraging to receive this support from Sport England. It will allow us to take golf into the community and work in partnership with clubs and facilities to try and develop the game of golf.”
He went on: “Our target now is to introduce 800 people to golf over the next 12 months and hopefully excite them to want to continue in the game and join a club, but more importantly become a lifelong participant in a sport which brings so many health and social benefits.”
The Sport England award – coupled with a grant made to the High Peak Regional Golf Development Group earlier in the summer – means that £17,200 will be made available to help grow and develop golf in Derbyshire through these initiatives.