Is there anything Nottingham isn’t doing to get people into golf?

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir July 19, 2016 15:04

Local authorities in Nottingham are so keen to get golfers trying the game that they are setting up events in local parks as well as golf clubs this summer.

People who have never played the game before can also try it for free at local leisure centres, among a raft of initiatives brought into the city.

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This is all part of the city’s 2016 ParkLives programme which encourages people to make the most of their local park – and 120 have already taken part

Weekly sessions are taking place in Wollaton Hall Gardens and Deer Park, Bulwell Hall Park and Woodthrope Grange Park over the coming months, with family fun activities during the school holidays.

There are follow on opportunities for people who want to keep on playing, with further Get into golf activity available in both the city and county.

People attending major summer events, such as the Riverside Festival, will also have the chance to try golf in an informal setting.

Golf was also offered to people trying new activities on the FREESport programme at Harvey Hadden Sports Village. The eight-week programme, which also included opportunities to try tennis and badminton, proved so popular that golf sessions are continuing there every Thursday. Meanwhile, the ‘Nifty Fifties’ group at Portland Leisure Centre are also taking golf sessions.

In addition, women’s groups are being invited to try golf as part of England Golf’s programme to show that #ThisGirlCan. A Girls Golf Rocks project, run jointly by England Golf and the Golf Foundation and supported by young county players, has also been launched to offer a fun and friendly introduction to girls. Both these initiatives are running right across Nottinghamshire.

The Get into golf activity is all part of a project to test new ideas run by England Golf, the Nottinghamshire Golf Development Group and Nottingham City Council. It supports the city’s strategy to get more people physically active and it aims to banish out-dated perceptions about golf and remove barriers to playing.

Claire Hodgson, England Golf’s head of participation, commented: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Nottingham City Council and tapping into their local expertise and knowledge to help take golf into the city.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to introduce golf to people who may not normally try it and promote golf in a non-traditional way to help break down some of the perceptions which are out there. We’ve had a great response so far and we’re looking forward to getting more people active through golf during the summer months.”

 

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir July 19, 2016 15:04
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