WOMEN’S CHAR­TER LAUNCHED

Golf Australia - - AROUND THE TRAPS -

The R&A has un­veiled a new Women in Golf Char­ter as part of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s drive to in­crease the num­ber of women and girls par­tic­i­pat­ing in golf and to en­cour­age more op­por­tu­ni­ties for women to work within the golf in­dus­try. The Women in Golf Char­ter aims to in­spire an in­dus­try-wide com­mit­ment to de­vel­op­ing a more in­clu­sive cul­ture within golf around the world and to en­able more women and girls to flour­ish and max­imise their po­ten­tial at all lev­els of the sport.

Adop­tion of the Char­ter will also re­quire na­tional fed­er­a­tions, like Golf Aus­tralia, to build on cur­rent ini­tia­tives and de­velop new projects that will fo­cus on en­cour­ag­ing more women and girls to play golf and stay within the sport as mem­bers of clubs, while also em­pow­er­ing women to en­joy suc­cess­ful ca­reers work­ing within the golf in­dus­try. R&A Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Martin Slum­bers said: “We are ask­ing the golf in­dus­try to recog­nise the real im­por­tance of in­creas­ing the num­ber of women and girls play­ing golf and em­pow­er­ing more women to en­joy suc­cess­ful ca­reers at all lev­els of the sport.

“The Char­ter is a strong state­ment of in­tent from the golf in­dus­try that it has to change and a com­mit­ment on be­half of all of us to take mea­sures de­signed to achieve pos­i­tive change for women, girls and fam­i­lies. This is cru­cial to grow­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion in the sport in the years ahead. “The R&A plans to in­crease our over­all in­vest­ment in women’s, girls’ and mixed golf to £80 mil­lion over the next ten years, a clear in­di­ca­tion of our de­ter­mi­na­tion to de­velop the game in this area.”

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