14 Jul 2020 | Participation | Women and girls |
Friendships generate girl power
by Golf Australia
MyGolf is already one of Australian junior sport’s hottest properties – and it’s about to go next level, particularly for girls.
The Australian golf participation report of 2019 revealed the number of MyGolf participants had risen to in excess of 24,000 nationally.
That’s up from 3400 as recently as 2015 – and including a standout 115 per cent surge in Queensland alone from 2018, with more than 10,000 participants in the Sunshine State alone.
But one of the most pleasing aspects for Golf Australia’s senior manager of programs and inclusion Christian Hamilton was the outstanding surge in interest in MyGolf Girls.
“The survey showed that from 2018-2019, there was a 50% increase in the number of girls playing … and for the future of golf in this country, that’s absolutely brilliant,” Hamilton said.
“Like all aspects of MyGolf and Get Into Golf, we created programs and their curriculums by listening to what prospective participants have told us in surveys and other research.
“We learnt that girls were first attracted to a social environment and for a chance to meet and participate in the sport with other girls alone.
“It’s a great way for girls to meet new friends and interact together and we’ve seen that reflected in the uptake of the program wherever we’ve run it around Australia.
“For clubs and facilities that are crying out for more members and visitors, particularly young ones, it’s the perfect way to not only attract a new female audience, but also the families of the young girls who clearly have taken to the sport.
“It’s a win-win situation, really. We’re getting a new generation of young women involved in the sport, which in turn should really bolster clubs and facilities both short and long-term.”
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