England Golf has welcomed the creation of an All-Party Parliamentary Group to support the game of golf.
All-Party Groups comprise Members of both Houses of Parliament and all political parties who support specific interests. The Golf Group’s first meeting will be held on Tuesday 19 January 2016 in the Houses of Parliament.
Rod Findlay, England Golf’s Director of Strategy and Governance, said: “England Golf welcomes the establishment of the All-Party Golf Group. Golf is the fifth largest sport in the country by participation and makes a huge sporting, social and economic contribution. We look forward to working with the Officers and Members of the Group to give golf a greater presence in Parliament and with Government”.
As well as Lords and MPs, the Group welcomes non-Parliamentarians as Associate Members, and invites organisations, clubs, and individuals to join the Group and attend meetings and provide their thoughts on various issues and any regulation that impacts on the sport.
To coincide with the launch of the Group, the website www.parliamentary.golf has been created and anyone interested in becoming an Associate Member can join by visiting the relevant page or can sign up to the Group’s news announcements. The Group has also created the twitter account @ParliamentGolf.
The Group’s Chairman is Lincoln’s MP Karl McCartney who said: “I am delighted to be a part of this new Group. Golf is a sport enjoyed by everyone, and many of them are my constituents, but there is more that can be done to ensure the opportunities to play are there and barriers to being involved are removed. I am very much looking forward to welcoming Members of all parties into the Group and holding our first meeting in the New Year.”
Stephen Gethins, MP for North East Fife – home of The R&A – is Vice-Chairman of the Group. He welcomed the creation of the Group as a vehicle for economic development as well as sport participation.
He said “Golf is incredibly important to the economy in North East Fife and elsewhere. It is also a fantastic way for people to be active, keep fit and play competitive and recreational sport. We have a great professional game in the United Kingdom, and it is important that we recognise the local benefits major tournaments can bring and ensure that those benefits are passed on to all in the game.”