This week we’d like to tell you about Girls Golf Rocks, the great grass-roots golf project we have been supporting for the last few months. You may have even chosen to support them with your last Boudavida purchase!
Girls Golf Rocks was established in 2014 as part of The Golf Foundation, England Golf and The Essex County Association. The aim was to engage more girls with the sport and encourage them to join golf clubs in the UK. Sessions are led by top girl golfers from county squads who act as ambassadors to share their enjoyment and hopefully inspire the newcomers, who are pre-teen and teenage girls.
Girls Golf Rocks looks to eliminate ideas of golf only being a sport for men or older age groups, by introducing golf in a fun and social way with other girls, and in an environment they feel comfortable in. There is a big emphasis on the social side with opportunities for the girls to make new friends as well as learn new skills.
We caught up with the Girls Golf Ambassadors and Team Leaders at a recent celebration day, held at Gainsborough Golf Club. The day was a mix of sporting events and workshops, which taught the girls tips for leadership and about different aspects of each other’s personalities – valuable life skills that they can take away with them.
Of course, there were also plenty of opportunities to play golf, even trying some ‘street golf’. Drawing inspiration from ‘street football’, this showed the girls that golf can be played in places other than traditional clubs and courses.
Following some nail painting, a sweet bar and games, the girls then teamed up to play a 6-hole course at the club, taking it in turns in a fun tag-team format. The winners were announced back at the club and certificates and prizes were awarded.
One the most enjoyable aspects of the day was watching the girls team up and make new friends. Improving the social connections between these girls and allowing them to make new friends will only help to improve engagement with the sport, something that we were happy to see in action on the day.
Girls Golf Rocks is not only focussed on increasing attendance of younger girls in the sport, but also to help decrease the rate of girls dropping out. When visiting, we were informed that clubs had seen a real improvement in this area since the initiative started.
All in all, we’re so happy to see the initiative doing well and will continue to support the cause however we can. We loved being involved in the day at Gainsborough GC, and seeing so many young girls having fun together. Our conclusion is that girls golf really does rock!