The R&A unveiled a new Women in Golf Charter on 29 May 2018 in London as part of the organisation’s global drive to increase the number of women and girls participating in golf and to encourage more opportunities for women to work within the golf industry.
The Women in Golf Charter intends to inspire an industry-wide commitment to developing a more inclusive culture within golf around the world and enable more women and girls to flourish and maximise their potential at all levels of the sport.
Adoption of the Charter requires national associations and other golf bodies to build on and develop initiatives which will focus on encouraging more women and girls to play golf and stay within the sport as members of clubs, while also empowering women to enjoy successful careers working within the golf industry.
The Women in Golf Charter specifically aims to:
- Strengthen the focus on gender balance and provide a united position for the golf industry
- Commit national federations and organisations to support measures targeted at increasing participation of women, girls and families in golf
- Call upon signatories to take positive action to support the recruitment, retention and progression of women working at all levels of the sport
- Set individual targets for national associations for participation and membership and reporting progress annually
- Develop an inclusive environment for women and girls within golf
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, says, “We are asking our affiliates and partners around the world to pledge their support and commitment to achievement of this vision in order for us all to safeguard the future of this great game and ensure that we have a thriving sport in 50 years’ time that our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren can enjoy.”
The launch event took place at The View from The Shard, one of London’s most iconic venues. Hosted by renowned sports broadcaster Hazel Irvine, the event also featured presentations and panel discussions with guest speakers including Nick Pink, Chief Executive of England Golf, Sky Sports’ Golf Presenter Sarah Stirk, Chyloe Kurdas, National Female Participation Manager at Golf Australia and Liz Dimmock, Founder of Women Ahead.
The event was attended by representatives of golf organisations worldwide who have pledged their support as signatories of the Charter, including the European Tour, the Ladies’ European Tour, the European Golf Association, the Professional Golfers’ Association, Wales Golf, Golf Australia, Golf Canada, the Golfing Union of Ireland, England Golf, the Irish Ladies’ Golf Association and Scottish Golf.