Women in Golf Charter


So what is it all about?

The R&A launched the Women in Golf Charter to the industry in May 2018. It aims to increase women and girls’ participation and membership in golf, encourage more families to enjoy golf as a leisure activity and encourage more opportunities for women to work in the golf industry.

To achieve this goal and to enable women to flourish throughout golf, the R&A recognises the need for a fundamental shift in culture. There is a clear ethical need for change and the potential economic benefits of growing the sport through more women and girls playing, are substantial.

The R&A commits to playing a leading role in this process and to working with affiliates, partners and the wider golf industry towards achieving this goal. The Charter specifically aims to:

  • Strengthen the focus on gender balance and provide a united position for the golf industry
  • Commit national federations and organisations to support measures targeted at increasing participation of women, girls and families in golf
  • Call upon signatories to take positive action to support the recruitment, retention and progression of women working at all levels of the sport
  • Set individual targets for national associations for participation and membership and reporting progress annually
  • Develop an inclusive environment for women and girls within golf

England Golf commitments to the Women in Golf Charter

As one of the first signatories of the Charter, England Golf is committed to growing the women and girls’ game and this aligns to our strategic plan, Growing the Game in England 2017-2021. Women and girls offer the biggest potential growth area for the game and is the reason why England Golf has identified this as one of its key strategic themes. We are committed to recruiting, retaining and supporting women and girls across all levels of the game highlighted within our commitments below:

  • Increasing the proportion of females participating in golf from 17% to 20% by 2021
  • Delivering initiatives to support the recruitment and resilience of female golfers through innovative campaigns such as Get into Golf and Girls Golf Rocks
  • Improving performances in World Amateur Rankings
  • Achieving the advanced level of the equality standard for sport through our equality and diversity action plan
  • Encouraging more female involvement at every level of England Golf
  • Maintaining a strong commitment to female leadership, with at least 30% female board representation
  • Supporting at least 50% of counties in England to unify their unions and associations for the benefit of all golfers in their county
  • Encouraging affiliated golf clubs and county bodies in England to sign up to the Women in Golf Charter and to share progress annually with England Golf

How can clubs get involved?

England Golf wants to encourage clubs to sign up to the Charter and has provided a list of potential commitments. These align to England Golf’s own commitment and ensures we are all working together to achieve the overarching aims of the Charter.

Download the template commitments here

Once your club has made its commitments you will need to complete the following:

  • Recruit a club champion(s), male or female, responsible for supporting and monitoring the commitments and act as a main point of contact.
  • Assign timescales to each commitment acknowledging they are time specific.
  • Link all commitments to your club’s business plan. You may decide to complete a Charter specific action plan and assign responsibilities to key personnel who will oversee the progress and execution of individual commitments.
  • List your commitments as per the attached template, but use your own club’s headed paper.
  • Once agreed we recommend clubs share the commitments with their membership to gain their support.
  • A signed copy on behalf of the committee should be emailed to your England Golf Club Support Officer along with the contact details of the club’s Women in Golf Charter champion(s) with relevant signed contact permission.
  • On receiving confirmation of your commitment to the Women in Golf Charter we would like clubs to promote this through their own networks, including website and social media channels.
  • Once completed, your club’s commitments will be listed on the England Golf website.
  • Your England Golf Club Support Officer will act as your first point of contact to answer any queries and help access appropriate support you may require.
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