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
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.
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.”
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).
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.
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.”
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)
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: email@example.com
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.
28 Jul 15
Check out England Golf's great new video aimed to inspire and attract women and girls into golf.