A major drive to attract more women and girls into golf has been launched by the R&A.
Its new Women in Golf charter calls for ‘positive action to support the recruitment, retention and progression of women working at all levels of the sport’.
‘We are asking the golf industry to recognise the real importance of increasing the number of women and girls playing golf and empowering more women to enjoy successful careers at all levels of the sport’, said R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers.
‘The Charter is a strong statement of intent from the golf industry that it has to change and a commitment on behalf of all of us to take measures designed to achieve positive change for women, girls and families. This is crucial to growing participation in the sport in the years ahead.
‘We ask our affiliates and partners around the world to pledge their support and commitment to achieving this vision and to help us ensure that we have a thriving sport in 50 years’ time that our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren can enjoy’.
The R&A said it plans to increase its overall investment in women’s, girls’ and mixed golf to £80m over the next ten years – ‘a clear indication of our determination to develop the game in this area’. Meanwhile its charter will ‘commit national federations and organisations to support measures targeted at increasing participation of women, girls and families in golf’, it said.
Minister for Sport and Civil Society, Tracey Crouch MP, welcomed the initiative. ‘Interest in women’s sports is at an all-time high, with increased global interest and record attendances. I welcome the R&A’s strong commitment to encourage more women into golf and nurture future generations of talent’, she said.
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