The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport today (Thursday 7 March) praised efforts to bring more women and girls into golf.
At Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Questions in the House of Commons, All-Party Parliamentary Golf Group Co-Chair Craig Tracey MP raised the work that is being done by organisations across the sport to encourage more women and girls to play golf.
“As Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf, I’m very proud that we were one of the first signatories to The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter, which commits to the sport developing a more inclusive culture.
“Will the Secretary of State join me in welcoming this initiative, and will he meet with me and major golfing bodies to discuss what we are doing, but also what more can be done to encourage more women and girls to enjoy the sport.”
The Secretary of State responded “I am happy to join my honourable friend in offering those congratulations.
“That is a significant step forward, and we want to see more.
“I’m sure that either I or my honourable friend the Sports Minister would be happy to meet to discuss these matters further.”
Since The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter was launched in May 2018, 107 organisations, including the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf, have pledged to build on current initiatives and develop new projects to increase the number of women, girls and families playing golf and becoming members of clubs, as well as giving women wider opportunities to enjoy careers and volunteering in the sport.
Signatories include the Professional Golfers’ Association, whose #WeLoveGolf campaign is aimed at helping women to find out about golf and locate a PGA professional, as well as the European Tour, the Ladies European Tour, the Golf Foundation, England Golf, Scottish Golf and Wales Golf.
Speaking afterwards, All-Party Parliamentary Golf Group Co-Chair and Member of Parliament for North Warwickshire, Craig Tracey MP, said “The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter has been a significant step forward for the sport, and I’m delighted that the golf industry has committed to measures that will foster a more inclusive culture.
“I look forward to meeting with the Government and golf bodies to discuss the positive steps that the sport has taken across the United Kingdom in the past year, but also what more we can do to allow women and girls to flourish and maximise their potential at all levels of the sport.”