Frinton-on-Sea Golf Club first in Essex to win new national award

3 Sep 16

Frinton-on-Sea Golf club in Essex, which is backing the drive to grow the game, is the first golf club in Essex to win the new national GolfMark award from England Golf. GolfMark is England Golf’s official seal of approval for clubs successfully working to develop their business in such ways as: •Attracting new members and encouraging existing members to play more •Using practical business planning to develop the club •Offering appropriate coaching and playing opportunities for all standards of golfer •Ensuring all necessary safeguarding policies are in place for the junior section Frinton Golf Club was founded in 1895 and boasts a fantastic 18-hole seaside Havers course designed by the famous course architect Harry S Colt and a 9-hole par 30 Kirby course. The club whilst traditional, is modern in its outlook and offers a variety of membership opportunities which appeal to the regular golfer, beginner or social golfer. Frinton is a popular destination for holiday golfers, casual green fee golfers and societies and are all are equally welcome at this very hospitable club. Equally the club prides itself on having a great team of PGA professional coaches, who engage with the local community offering a variety of creative coaching offers to attract juniors and beginner adult golfers.

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22 Aug 16

6 Clubs hosted Girls Golf Rocks in spring/summer 2016. It was year two of a very successful initiative to attract more girls into golf. Here's a taste of what it was all about, and how our county girls have been supporting the programme. For more information call Helen on 07971 097976

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It's all change at the top in Essex golf

30 May 16

It’s all change at the top in Essex golf as Roger Attrill steps down after six years as chairman of the County Development Group. He has handed over to Alan Walker, the owner of the award-winning Garon Park complex in Southend and a PGA Master professional. Attrill, who was previously the secretary at Frinton Golf Club, has overseen many changes and development during his time in office, working closely with representatives of the county union and association, the PGA, Golf Foundation and Active Essex. Highlights of the past six years include the introduction of 3200 people to golf coaching courses through Get into golf and Swing into Swing; and the successful nomination of three England Golf award winners. Garon Park was the 2013 GolfMark Club of the Year; Tom Hide and Scott Rusbridge of Coastal Golf won the 2014 Participation Award; and Jan Tallentire of Warley Park won the 2015 Participation Award. Stoke by Nayland were runners-up in the 2010 GolfMark Club of the Year. Attrill’s achievements also included creating and chairing the first Essex Development Forum, bringing clubs together to talk seriously about ‘Growing Golf’. Get into Golf was subsequently launched in the county that summer. He commented: “The Development Group is now firmly established and recognised as the organisation responsible for the growth of the game of golf in Essex. Our initiatives are producing positive results and showing more and more people are enjoying the game. “I am delighted to be handing over to Alan Walker, who will bring considerable knowledge and experience to the Development Group, as a PGA Master Professional and a businessman in the golf industry.” Alan Walker said: “Golf is a sport that can be played and enjoyed at all levels and by all age groups. The Essex Golf Development Group is there to actively assist golf clubs with the creation of new golfers, increasing the participation of golf and retaining those golfers already playing. Together with our County Development Officer, Helen Tarttelin, and our committee representatives we look forward to increasing the numbers of golfers in our county.” Caption: Alan Walker (left) thanks Roger Attrill for his contribution to Essex golf.

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Jan’s recruitment drive is winner with England Golf

17 Apr 16

Essex golfer Jan Tallentire has been so successful at encouraging other women to take up the game that she’s won a top England Golf award. Jan, from Warley Park Golf Club, near Brentwood, was presented with the Participation Award at a gala dinner last night at the England Golf annual conference, which celebrated the golfers and golf clubs who make the game great and inspire others to play. The award recognises Jan’s remarkable drive to inspire new women players. In just two years her efforts have given a taste of the game to around 170 women, more than 40 have signed up for Get into golf coaching courses and 26 have taken out a special nine-hole membership at the club. She said: “I feel extremely honoured to receive this award, but for me the pleasure has been seeing many of the lady beginners carrying on playing as a group, and enjoying the game we love so much. “New friends have been made, partnerships established and competitions played. It has been so very rewarding. Whereas it is often seems difficult for ladies to get into golf, I decided to take golf to the ladies. The results have been wonderful.”

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Rocking Golf Girls at PlayGolf Colchester

8 Apr 16

Girls Golf Rocks 2016 is underway this Easter holiday at 6 golf centres across Essex. For more information please see link (right).

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Girls’ golf is really rocking in Essex!

24 Feb 16

Girls’ golf is about to get rocking – and Essex is leading the way in the campaign to inspire new, young players. Girls Golf Rocks was trialled in the county last year and inspired 90 girls to try golf. It was so successful that it’s returning to Essex this spring and also being run in eight other counties. Girls Golf Rocks is all about encouraging beginners to have fun, learn a new sport, get active and play alongside friends – with no pressure. Girl golfers from county squads will act as ambassadors, sharing their enjoyment and inspiring other girls, aged five to 18. This year’s campaign tees off with free taster sessions, supported by the county girls, at the six clubs taking part: The Rayleigh Club on 3 April; Playgolf Colchester and Three Rivers Golf & Country Club on 8 April; West Essex Golf Club on 8 and 9 April; Garon Park Golf Complex and Little Channels Golf Club on 10 April.

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Essex ‘grow the game’ Conference Proves Inspirational

30 Nov 15

Golf clubs from all over Essex got together at their first county conference to discuss ways of growing the game. The Essex Golf Conference, at Langdon Hills Golf Club, was the idea of County President, Mike Hart, who told delegates: “We need to work together to solve the problems of declining membership in our clubs and find ways to reverse the trend.” The event - which featured key speakers including David Joy, the Chief Executive of England Golf – was attended by about two-thirds of the county’s clubs, represented by 100 delegates, and it proved inspirational. Bradley Smith of North Weald Golf Club summed up when he said: “I would like to think I am forward thinking and do promote the game to all categories already. “However I left the conference thinking ‘Can I do what I am already doing better? and the answer is ‘Yes’. I also came away with various ideas which we will be slowly introducing to our marketing campaign.”

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FREE Business Golf Forum comes to Essex

27 Oct 15

What is a Business Growth Forum? Facilitated session to allow clubs to identify their priorities, agree goals for growth and find out more about the support that is available for them. A simple plan will be created and the club will be closely supported by their local County Development Officer in order to start implementing the actions. 1 day practical forum from 10:00am – 3:30pm (lunch & refreshments included)

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Essex Development Conference Autumn 2015

18 Sep 15

On Wednesday 18th November, The Essex Golf Union in partnership with the Essex Golf Partnership and the Essex County Ladies Association, is hosting an all day conference ' Growing Golf in Essex- working together to create stronger clubs'. It will take place at Langdon Hills Golf Club, from 10am to 4pm. The day is being funded by the Essex Golf Union and will therefore be free to delegates. This event is aimed at key club personnel such as the Proprietor, Secretary/Manager, Head Professional, Club Captain, Chairman, Director of Golf or Management Board member. We are pleased to confirm that England Golf CEO, David Joy, will present in addition to a mix of influential speakers. The day will include interactive sessions focusing on recruitment and retention of members and sourcing solutions to other business issues. For more information or to book your place, please call the County Union Office Telephone: 01376 500998 or email:

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2016 England Golf Awards

9 Sep 15

Nominate that special someone for an England Golf Award The search is on to find golf's unsung heroes who give up their time to inspire others to take up and enjoy golf. England Golf is seeking nominations for its annual awards, which will recognise, celebrate and reward individuals and groups who have made outstanding contributions to ‘raise our game’ and build a bright future for the sport. The winners will be those who contribute within golf clubs, schools, county golf partnerships, training schemes, national companies or many other programmes. To nominate please complete the easy-to-follow nomination form on next to this text. The closing date is Friday 27 November 2015. The awards will be presented at a national conference in April 2016.

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Northampton makes history with Merger

16 Feb 15

The golfers of Northamptonshire have become the first in the country to vote to merge their ladies and mens county organisations. At two separate, simultaneous meetings, the men of the Northamptonshire Golf Union and the women of the Northamptonshire Ladies County Golf Association both unanimous

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Counties encourage thousands to Get into golf

18 Dec 14

The number of people taking up ‘Get into golf’ opportunities grew rapidly over the summer months, according to a new report on grass roots activity across England.

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Golf clubs offered advice to survive and thrive

5 Dec 14

England Golf is offering a series of recommendations to help golf clubs increase their membership and survive and thrive in a challenging climate.

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BBC staff inspired to give golf a go

17 Oct 14

BBC staff have been channelling their energies into a new sporting pursuit and enjoying free golf taster sessions.

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England Golf appoints Head of Training and Education

16 Oct 14

England Golf has appointed Laura Rushby to the new post of Head of Training and Education. She will take up her role on Monday, October 20.

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New drive to inspire women and girl golfers

9 Oct 14

England Golf has launched a drive to attract more women and girls to play the game and join golf clubs.

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Breaking down golfing barriers

24 Sep 14

England Golf is working with cultural groups to find ways to broaden the appeal of the game among black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities.

Breaking Down Golfing Barriers

Get into golf teams up with BBC Sport’s Get Inspired initiative

16 Sep 14

Get into golf has joined forces with BBC Sport’s Get Inspired scheme which encourages people to get active and discover new activities in their local area.

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Talented youngsters win Skills Challenge National Final

6 Sep 14

Eight talented youngsters have been crowned 2014 champions of England Golf’s National Skills Challenge, supported by FootJoy, the #1 Shoe and Glove in Golf.

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Yorkshire forms County Golf Partnership

4 Sep 14

Yorkshire golf is set to benefit from an exciting new partnership that will help drive the efforts to grow the sport across the county.

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