Welcome to the latest round up from Sussex golf. As well as updates and news, this month’s ‘Spotlight On’ article focuses on a recent success at Mid Sussex Golf Club, and something that could perhaps work well for other clubs. If you would like to showcase a particular success from your club and feature in a future ‘Spotlight On’ item, please let Matt Warwick, the County Development Officer know.
Spotlight On: Mid Sussex GC Evening Business League
Over Summer 2014, Mid Sussex Golf Club ran a very successful evening business league – aimed at bringing non-member golfers to enjoy the facility. It proved to be the perfect way to introduce a 9-hole event where, in 2 hours, participants have played, met new people from other businesses and had a structure helping them to improve. 37 people took part, and already it has led to over £4000 of income from follow-up work. Click for more details Mid Sussex GC Evening Business League.
Get into Golf Project: You’re in control
The Get into Golf website is there to help beginners and those returning to the game find out what is happening in their local area. Don’t miss out, because clubs themselves can now post details of what they have on offer directly to the website – the link to upload activity can be found via the England Golf Clubhouse dashboard. There are new and more national partners signed up to Get into Golf, promoting the site to their users and customers (such as BBC Get Inspired, Change4Life and O2 Priority Club), so the web site visitors are increasing.
The Open Moves to Sky: A BBC radio discussion
This decision from the R&A has created so much debate in recent weeks. A lot has focused around the fact that with no live golf on terrestrial TV people won’t be inspired to take up the game (although it has to be noted that the drop in numbers over the 10-15 years has happened while golf has been on BBC TV!) Following the announcement, BBC Radio 5Live led a discussion on one of its programmes. Click here to read the response from England Golf on the move to Sky.
Sportivate Successful Applications: More money to grow golf in Sussex
Following the recent round of applications to Sportivate (a funding pot offered by Active Sussex to get more 11-25 year olds playing sport), both Rustington Golf Centre and Haywards Heath Golf Club have received funding. Both projects will aim to get more females into golf, with Rustington targeting those at the higher end of the age range, and Haywards Heath bringing 11-13 year olds to golf via sessions with Girl Guides. You can find out more about Sportivate via the Active Sussex website, with the next round of funding opening in April let Matt Warwick our CDO know firstname.lastname@example.org as he can help clubs make a strong funding application.
Promote Your Club to Your Community: Get out there!
With Spring around the corner, all sorts of local events are in the planning. Whether it’s a town sports festival, school fair, village fête, beer/food & drink festival, specialist market or just a busy day in your local shopping area/centre, then it presents an opportunity to showcase golf and what you have on offer to your community. Sussex Golf Partnership has equipment available for use that can give you a real presence and be eye-catching/attention grabbing to the public, and you can use it for free! Already there are plenty of bookings in the diary, so contact Matt Warwick to reserve it asap.
Golf Participation Levels: Better news at long last
Finally, we have better news(ish) about golf participation, with the latest release of the Active People Survey showing that the number of people playing golf in 2014 was only slightly lower than in 2013. This is first time in several years that there has not been a significant fall (the figure between 2012-13 alone was a fall of 12%). It was suggested that the number of initiatives that have been put in place, and are now being used by far more clubs than previously, are starting to have an effect and arrest the decline. One such example is from Woburn Golf Club, where they had beginners paired with established players, taking on a shortened course using 15 inch holes rather than the standard 4.5 inch cups. The positive effect of this change was highlighted in one quote especially, ‘the bigger holes increase game speed and give players a real sense of achievement when they putt’. Certainly a good approach, and giving a great first step in the game – could you do the same, or perhaps even establish a evening business league like Mid Sussex…