Swinging like girls - and proud of it!
So many of us make exercise our New Year’s resolution, to try and work off the excesses of Christmas, but the cold and wet conditions in January and February don’t make it easy for those with even the best intentions! So, to let you know that you are not alone, the Boudavida team’s resolution is to get out every month and try a new sport. We hope that our monthly escapades will inspire some of you to get out and have a go too!
So, for our first sport we chose to head up to the driving range at Farrington Park Golf Club and hit some golf balls. Anabel, our founder and CEO is a big golfer so she was keen to show us how it's done. As for the rest of us - mini golf on holiday was the most we had done. Anabel was a great teacher and by the end of our session some of the team were even hitting balls an impressive 150 yards. We all had a lot of fun, and will definitely be heading up to Farrington Park again soon, particularly as we loved the relaxed atmosphere there and the fact that they don’t enforce a strict dress code.
Sadly, according to England Golf only 13% of golfers in the UK are women, which is such a shame. Thankfully there are many people out there trying to change this state of affairs. England golf launched their #ThisGirlGolfs campaign in 2014 aiming to increase female participation in the sport. Amazing initiatives such as Girls Golf Rocks are also making a difference. The recruitment campaign, aimed at girls aged 5-18 got over 600 girls involved last year which is pretty incredible! They offer coaching with PGA professionals and use young ambassadors from county squads to show that it’s a fun and sociable game.
Furthermore golf really is a game that anyone can play thanks to its unique handicap system that allows people of different abilities to play and compete together.
Playing golf also gave us the chance to put some of our kit to the test! The team wore our Spark Jacket which is made with the most amazing stretchy, water-resistant fabric. It’s so light and comfortable, you hardly notice that it’s on. It also has a back vent which keeps you dry and comfortable. It is lightweight and easily packed in your golf bag, so is great for keeping on hand in case of rain. We chose a rather chilly day to play golf so our Rise Midlayer was perfect to wear under the jacket and kept us nice and warm while out facing the British January weather.
All in all we had a great time and are already thinking about what next month’s activity is going to be. If you would like to challenge us to try a new sport or activity please let us know and we’ll add it to our list. Hopefully by following our sporting efforts, you’ll see that no matter your age, fitness level or skill, there are so many sports out there to have a go at. And if we can do it, you can too!