All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf launches National Golf Month

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.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, takes a putt during the launch of National Golf Month on Speakers Green, Houses of Parliament on April 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jeremy Corbyn
Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn takes a putt during the launch of National Golf Month
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Golf Trust girl Christal Sirdine is pictured with Karl McCartney, Member of Parliament for Lincoln, (left) and David Evennett, Minister for Sport, (right) during the launch of National Golf Month on Speakers Green, Houses of Parliament on April 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Christal Sirdine; Karl McCartney; David Evennett
Golf Trust’s Christal Sirdine pictured with Karl McCartney, Member of Parliament for Lincoln, (left) and Sports Minister David Evennett
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Girls from the Golf Trust stormed parliament today asking MPs for their support during the launch of National Golf Month on Speakers Green, Houses of Parliament on April 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Girls from the Golf Trust
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Girls from the Golf Trust stormed parliament today asking MPs for their support during the launch of National Golf Month on Speakers Green, Houses of Parliament on April 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Girls from the Golf Trust
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: David Evennett, Minister for Sport, is pictured during the launch of National Golf Month on Speakers Green, Houses of Parliament on April 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** David Evennett
Sports Minister David Evennett   launches National Golf Month