Last night (24 October), the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf welcomed representatives of The PGA to Parliament and heard about the organisation’s work in the sport.
Members of Parliament and Peers were joined by honorary and associate members, as The PGA’s Chief Executive, Robert Maxfield, made a presentation to the Group.
The PGA are a members’ organisation and educate and train PGA Professionals to degree level with the very latest skills and expertise to operate in all areas of golf, so golfers can enjoy and play better golf, while golf clubs can benefit from the successful management of their facility. The organisation plays a prominent role in growing and promoting the game through initiatives with other leading golf bodies, and is the founding partner of one of sport’s biggest events, the Ryder Cup.
At the meeting, there was a discussion of The PGA’s heritage and history, key member categories and their reach to amateur golfers, investment in the game, and the organisation’s involvement in the Ryder Cup.
Chairing the meeting was Member of Parliament for North Warwickshire and All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf Co-Chair, Craig Tracey MP. He said “The PGA are based in my constituency, and do fantastic work to grow the game across the United Kingdom, both by educating and training PGA Professionals and through a range of other initiatives.
“Group Members were delighted to hear about The PGA’s work in the sport, and we are grateful to Rob for taking the time to meet in Parliament.”
Group Co-Chair and Member of Parliament for North East Fife, Stephen Gethins MP, added “it was a pleasure to welcome Rob to Parliament, and to hear about The PGA’s involvement in the Ryder Cup in particular following Team Europe’s success at Le Golf National last month.
“Golf is a sport for all, which delivers a range of benefits at both the local and national level, and the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf is committed to ensuring that the positive contributions that organisations such as The PGA make are heard.”
Chief Executive of The PGA, Robert Maxfield, said “it was an honour to meet with Members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf, and to discuss The PGA’s aims and vision.
“The work undertaken by PGA Professionals in clubs, in coaching and in delivering many other initiatives on behalf of the game, is vital to ensuring its future. We look forward to continuing working closely with the Group to ensure that the health, social and economic benefits of the sport are realised at both local and national level.”