‘Grow the game’ strategy wins praise

Jennie Price

England Golf’s strategy to grow the game of golf today won the praise of Sport England chief executive Jennie Price.

She was among the key decision makers from the sport who joined delegates at the first England Golf conference to learn about the progress of the strategic plan, Raising Our Game.

The strategy calls on all who care about the game to work together to create a brighter future for golf. Its aims include halting the decline in participation and inspiring more players, more members and stronger clubs.

The conference began with a review of 2014 which highlighted the achievements so far, including initiatives to encourage more people to play golf, especially women, girls and those with disabilities. Excellent championships, winning golfers, efforts to improve the image of the game and action to review governance and affiliation were also featured. Meanwhile, partners from across the sport spoke about their activities to support the strategy.

Jennie Price applauded golf’s widespread support for the strategy and told delegates: “I am hugely encouraged by what I have seen in the last year.

“You have tackled these problems in the right way, really thought strategically and the fact we now have Raising Our Game, a really strong strategy, is terrific.”

She went on: “What you have to do now is keep up the momentum. You haven’t got to the back nine yet, there is still a lot to do in implementing this strategy, but it’s a really, really good start.”

England Golf chief executive David Joy picked up the theme. “We have done a fantastic job to get to this point and today is about celebrating.

“This is a great opportunity to say thank you to our 675,000 members, our 1900 golf clubs, our county unions, associations and partnerships who are providing great activities.

“Now it’s time to push on and bring the growth that we know is there. We need to have the confidence to increase our momentum and keep moving forward.”

Caption: Jennie Price (left) with conference presenter Di Dougherty (image © Leaderboard Photography).