Girls’ golf will be rocking again in Kent 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.
It ran in Kent for the first time last year and attracted almost 70 girls to tasters with 63 enjoying it so much they went on to take coaching courses.
Free girls’ taster sessions will again be on offer at four clubs, followed by group coaching courses with PGA professionals, supported by young ambassadors from the county squads.
- 20th April 16:30-18:30 Stonelees Golf Club
- 22nd April 14:00-16:00 Boughton Golf Club
- 21st April 14:00-16:00 Kings Hill Golf Club
- 21st April 14:00-16:00 Birchwood Park Golf & Country Club
To book visit www.girlsgolfrocks.org
Following the tasters, each club will offer a five-week coaching course with PGA professionals. 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.
The support of the ambassadors, who encourage the newcomers, has helped to make the project such a success.
Darcie Smith, 17, a member of Chart Hills GC and Kent County Junior Captain is one of the ambassadors. She commented: “I was really proud to be invited to be an ambassador for Girls Golf Rocks in Kent last year. I didn’t realise how much fun it would be!
“It was amazing to meet girls with no experience and then see their enthusiasm grow. At the end of it I reckon a couple of them loved the game as much as I do. It was good for me, to do something completely new (proper grown up!) and know that I’d helped make it all work.”
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. U.S Kids also provide 7-irons for the girls to use.
When Girls Golf Rocks ran in 15 counties last year over 850 girls had a go and more than 730 enjoyed it so much they went on to take coaching courses.