National Golf Month (NGM) launched yesterday (27th April) at the House of Commons, helped by Sports Minister, Rt Hon David Evennett MP.
The initiative, which runs throughout May, aims to inspire 100,000 new players to #getgolfing, with a particular focus on ensuring more women and young people to take up the sport.
The launch included a chipping and putting competition in the Palace of Westminster for Members of Parliament, Peers and school children. Operated through Parliament’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf, the body responsible for ‘promoting the sport of golf’, the day also gave Members of Parliament the opportunity to learn more about the sport in their constituencies.
Hosting the launch on Speaker’s Green was Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf and Member of Parliament for Lincoln, Karl McCartney MP. He said “I am delighted that the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf has been able to support National Golf Month. Golf is great exercise, very social, and cheaper than people may think. I hope that National Golf Month will be successful in its aim to promote opportunities to participate in golf more widely.”
NGM is a BGIA (British Golf Industry Association) initiative. Their former Chairman and Director of National Golf Month, Doug Poole explained “Golf participation has been dwindling but launching at Parliament with so much support helps demonstrates the benefits of the sport. National Golf Month aims to show how easy it is to #getgolfing and if people go onto our website, they will find opportunities to try and play golf across the UK.”
For more information on the event, please visit www.nationalgolfmonth.com and follow #getgolfing on Twitter.