The R&A - Working for Golf

Women & Girls Golf

With huge opportunities to grow golf globally through the increased participation of women and girls, there is a significant focus in this area to help drive a more inclusive culture worldwide.

The R&A merger with the Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU) at the start of 2017 has acted as a catalyst to help develop women’s golf on the global stage.

In May 2018, The R&A launched a Women in Golf Charter, with the aim to increase women and girls’ participation and membership in golf, encourage more families to enjoy golf as a leisure activity and encourage more opportunities for women to work in the golf industry.

Women In Golf Charter

 

The R&A unveiled the 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 Charter

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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 federations 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

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The Charter aims to increase the number of women and girls playing and working in golf.

Signatories vary in size and resources, they operate across diverse territories and their operations cover different aspects of the golf industry. In signing the Charter, each signatory commits to making tangible efforts to develop a welcoming and inspiring environment for women. 

 

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Research: Women's, Girls' & Family Participation in Golf

The R&A commissioned the International Institute for Golf Education, based at the University Centre Myerscough, to carry out research to consolidate the findings of existing academic and industry research.

Many countries are seeing a fall in the number of both males and females playing golf and the research report analyses the factors which affect whole family participation in the sport, including women and girls, and details a number of useful practical recommendations for national golf bodies and golf clubs to help them encourage more women and girls to play.

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