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Girls’ golf will be rocking again in Nottinghamshire when the successful campaign to inspire new young players returns in April.
Girls Golf Rocks is all about attracting beginners to have fun, learn a new sport, get active and play alongside friends.
Free girls’ taster sessions will be on offer at four clubs, followed by group coaching courses with PGA professionals, supported by young ambassadors from the county squads.
This year Girls Golf Rocks will launch in Nottinghamshire with taster sessions at:
Coxmoor Golf Club on Saturday 22 April, 11am-1pm
Beeston Fields Golf Club on Saturday 22 April, 3.30-5.30pm
Norwood Park Golf Centre on Sunday 30 April, 12 noon-2pm
Stanton on the Wolds Golf Club on Sunday 7 May, 2-4pm
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Following the tasters, the clubs will each offer a five-week coaching course with PGA professionals, when the ambassadors will be on hand to encourage the newcomers. All the girls completing the coaching courses will be given a US Kids Golf 7-iron to help them start playing.
Then, the new players will be invited to a fun day with the ambassadors featuring multi-skills challenges and the chance to play on a golf course.
Girls Golf Rocks is a national campaign, run jointly by England Golf and the Golf Foundation, and it aims to increase the number of girl golfers from an average of just two full members per club.
It ran in Nottinghamshire for the first time last year and was very successful with over 60 girls attending the tasters and 43 taking up some type of club membership.
County Junior Organiser Emma Seton commented: “Last year the project proved really good fun for both the ambassadors and the girls who participated.
“Ten of the girls who started loved golf so much they have already progressed to taking part in county par 3 events. Our success was also recognised within the county when the project was shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Sporting Project of the Year’ category at the 2016 Nottinghamshire Sports Awards.
“This year we are really excited to carry on the momentum of Girls Golf Rocks and increase girls’ participation even further. We have three new clubs taking part this year so we hope to create even more buzz around girls’ golf in Notts.
The ambassadors include 12-year-old Ankita Anand from The Nottinghamshire Golf Club who said: “I have loved Girls Golf Rocks and my favourite part was where I could see more girls trying to learn golf and I was there, with some others, to support them.”
Girls Golf Rocks started in 2015 with a trial in Essex. Ambassadors and new players from the county are now featured in a Girls Golf Rocks video, which captures all that’s special about the programme. Bella Jay, 14, sums it up when she says: “Golf has done so much for me, I love it. You should come and join us and see how much fun it is.” Click here to view the video.