R&A’s Women in Golf Charter: England clocks up 400th signatory….now for 500!

Hazel Grove Golf Club in Cheshire has helped England Golf reach a momentous milestone – by becoming the 400th signatory from England to The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter.

The Charter was introduced by The R&A in 2018 and embraced by England Golf as a way to encourage more women and girls to play the game, promote golf as a family-friendly sport and to champion careers for females in the golf industry.

A desire to adhere to these principles has seen clubs, counties and organisations in England sign up to the Charter and pledge to reach targets for participation and growth – on and off the course.

Hazel Grove has specifically committed to recruiting more women and girls, promoting a membership pathway and maintaining female representation on their board of directors.

Loranne Harrison, ladies’ captain at Hazel Grove, is pictured centre below alongside Kay Allen, women’s ambassador, and her assistant, Janet Metcalfe.

Loranne commented: “We are proud to have received the Women in Golf Charter. Our Get into Golf programme and fully inclusive ethos is helping to expand our ladies’ section.

“Led by ambassador Kay and the committee, Hazel Grove offers a venue for all women to enjoy our fabulous sport.”

Jason Budd, England Golf’s regional manager (North), added: “We’re thrilled that Hazel Grove Golf Club has become the 400th signatory from England to The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter.

“This is an important milestone to pass on the road to promoting a culture for positive change in our game.

“Ever since Boldon became the first golf club in England to sign up to the Charter in 2019, we’ve witnessed a remarkable progression in how the golf community approaches the challenge of encouraging more women and girls to play a family-friendly game or to consider a career in golf.”

Lauren Spray, England Golf’s women and girls in golf manager, said: “The Charter, alongside the #FOREEveryone campaign, has helped everyone in golf focus on well-defined and achievable targets as we look to bridge the gap in the numbers of women compared to men involved at all levels of the game.

“Everyone at England Golf is now looking forward to working with more of our clubs and counties in the months ahead as we target the next landmark of 500 signatories.” 

  • If your club, county or facility is interested in becoming a signatory for The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter, then speak with your England Golf club support officer or find out more by clicking here