Kent Club Support Newsletter – March 2018

I hope you weren’t too affected by the recent extreme weather. Now that the ‘Beast from the East’ and ‘Storm Emma’ are behind us, we can hopefully start to enjoy some better weather and get excited about the upcoming golfing season.I have highlighted 6 topics in this month’s Club Support Newsletter and I hope you find the information interesting and useful. As ever, if you have any questions about any of the content, please feel free to get in contact and I’ll be more than happy to help.

In this month’s update:
1. Reminder about the England Golf Club Membership Questionnaire
2. GDPR – Are you ready?
3. Get into Golf 2018 – New Website and Campaign Launch!
4. England Golf Awards 2018 – The Winners
5. Free Junior Organiser Training – Grow your Junior Sections!
6. Kent Golf Union Junior Organiser Seminar – 16/04/18

1) Reminder about the England Golf Club Membership Questionnaire
Just a quick reminder to please fill out our Club Membership Questionnaire. Your responses will be kept confidential and will only ever be reported as averages with other clubs that have completed the questionnaire.

This is really important and the results from the survey, which is completed every two years, helps provide us with a complete picture of the golf club landscape, including trends and areas of best practice. The more clubs that complete the survey, the more accurate the results will be and therefore the more useful they will be to you.

A number of you have already completed the questionnaire, so thank you for taking the time to do this. If you haven’t done this already, you can complete it online by clicking the link below. Alternatively, if you’d like a hard copy please email me via and I will arrange for a copy to be sent to you.
England Golf Club Membership Questionnaire

2. GDPR – Are you ready?
On the 25th May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation will come into full effect across the EU. All organisations that process data, including golf clubs, must be fully compliant at this time. Many of you have been getting in touch regarding this topic recently.
To help support clubs with this, England Golf has been working with our preferred legal partner and national law firm, Mills and Reeve and we have now produced an easy to understand GDPR guidance document.
Please click the link below for more information – England Golf GDPR Guidance

3. Get into Golf 2018 – New Website & Campaign Launch!
Every affiliated club has now been sent an e-mail, introducing you to the new look Get into Golf brand, including details on the improved website upcoming campaigns for 2018.

Just to make you aware, the e-mail would have come from Get into golf, rather than England Golf and please check your spam folder if you haven’t received anything. If you still can’t find the e-mail, please contact the Participation and Club Support team at England Golf on 01526 354500, who will be pleased to assist.

Please feel free to have a look around the new website here:

I’m sure you’ll agree, the new branding is bold, fresh and bright and is designed to be noticed and inspire a younger audience to give golf a go.

Clubs can now login and register on the website, enabling you to upload activity and help promote any beginner sessions, ready for the big consumer launch at the start of April.

On the new Get into golf website, we have also included a function to allow payment to be taken online, as a participant books their spot on a session. Clubs just need to set up a paypal account and more information on this can be found within the introductory e-mail.

We are hoping to drive more traffic to the website than ever before, through means such as targeted digital advertising, promotion through the BBC and Sky Sports and the use of a number of online ‘Social Influencers’.

So, if you would like to attract more people under the age of 45 to your club and are looking to run beginner sessions, please upload details to the Get into golf website and take advantage of this exciting and improved resource.

4. England Golf Awards 2018 – The Winners
The 2018 England Golf Awards took place on Thursday 22nd February at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. It was a fantastic celebration of what’s great about golf in England, with nearly 500 people attending from the industry.

BBC’s Dan Walker superbly hosted the event, allowing players, volunteers, clubs, counties and coaches to get together for a night of achievement and celebration.

The winners included:
• A 23-year-old golf club Captain, who is helping to change the image of the game
• A coach who is transforming lives through golf
• Clubs who go over and above to welcome new players and retain existing members
• A county leading the way to modernise their governance structure
• Volunteers who are the backbone of the game
• Elite players, led by Tommy Fleetwood, who have produced outstanding performances.

For more information about the night and the winners, please click the below link: England Golf Awards 2018 – Full Story

5. Free Junior Organiser Training – Grow your Junior Sections!
Junior sections are the future of golf clubs. At the heart of every junior section lie key volunteers, one of which is the Junior Organiser.

As part of England Golf’s plan to support junior golf, we have created a free online induction programme for Junior Organisers. This is relevant for people that may be new to the role, or who are just simply looking to refresh their knowledge.
There are various modules, including key contacts for more support. The information can be completed in one go, or in shorter sessions.
I encourage you to please share this free educational resource with key members of the team within your junior set up. We’ve already had a number of Junior Organisers use the training resource and the feedback has been hugely positive so far.
Junior Organiser Training

6. Kent Golf Union Junior Organiser Seminar – 16/04/18
Continuing the theme of growing junior sections, the Kent Golf Union have organised a Junior Organiser Seminar for the evening of Monday 16th April.

The evening will provide an opportunity to meet some key members of the Kent Golf Union and also to learn how they can support junior development at your club. For more information and to register your attendance please click the following link:

I have a number of Junior Organisers included on my mailing list, however please feel free to forward this to the Junior Organiser at your club and they are welcome to contact me directly.

If you have any questions about any of the information contained within this newsletter, or would like any support at your club, please do contact me and I’ll be delighted to help.

Thank you for reading.

All the best,


Club Support Officer for Kent
England Golf

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