R&A Women in Golf Charter

A commitment to a more inclusive culture within golf

We, Princes Risborough Golf Club will play our role in helping to develop a culture that values women’s involvement in every aspect of the sport, from participating to pursuing a career.

  • Working with England Golf and the BB&O, our aim is to increase the number of women and girls playing and working in golf.
  • To achieve this goal and to enable women to flourish throughout golf, we recognise the need for a fundamental shift in culture. There is a clear ethical need for change and the potential economic benefits of growing the sport through more women and girls playing are substantial.
  • The R&A commits to playing a leading role in this process and to working with affiliates, partners and the wider golf industry towards achieving this goal.
  • In signing this Charter, we, Princes Risborough GC commit to making tangible efforts to develop a welcoming and inspiring environment for women. We will do more to attract women into golf, to remain, and to have rewarding careers.

 

The Charter:

  • Is a statement of intent from the golf industry and Princes Risborough Golf Club, to unite and to focus gender balance at all levels
  • Commits us all to supporting measures to increase the number of women, girls and families playing golf
  • Calls for positive action to encourage women to pursue careers in all areas of the sport
  • Recognises the need for change that creates an inclusive environment within golf and our golf club

 

Princes Risborough Golf Club commit to activate this Charter by:

  • Developing and implementing an internal strategy for enhancing gender balance at every level
  • Establishing senior management responsibility and accountability for gender balance and inclusion, which is discussed and reviewed at committee/board level with Princes Risborough GC
  • Strongly advocating more women and girls playing and working in golf.
  • Working with key stakeholders to develop and embed a more inclusive culture.
  • Promoting the Charter and our goal of encouraging more women and girls to play golf and work in golf.

 

How we at Princes Risborough GC Plan to achieve this

  • Deliver a minimum number of 4 initiatives each year targeting women/girls and families that are aligned with key England Golf campaigns
  • Formally promote inclusion to the wider community via the club website, social media accounts and local community groups
  • Promote a membership pathway, for women/girls and families to progress within the club
  • Have designated Ambassadors within the club who can assist and support new participants and members – Brian Fowler (men) Sue D’Arcy and Jill Peppett (women)
  • Appoint designated Charter Champions within the club who can assist with the promotion and reporting of the charter – Gary Tubb and Sarah Tietjen

 

These objectives will be embedded into the club business plan and reviewed on an annual basis, to ensure that this inclusive commitment remains robust.

 

  Commitment Current Situation How this will be achieved Date/Progress/Targets/Comments
1 Train Charter Champions Ongoing Regular management meetings Commenced - The charter Champion to provide England Golf with an annual report on progress on commitments made
2 Seek Best Practice from other Clubs via BB&O & England Golf Ongoing Work with Sam Clapham at England Golf and John Kennedy at BB&O Commenced
3 Endeavour to attract 30% female Academy  Members On target Usage of England Golf ‘Get into Golf’ material, website and clubhouse promotional material and targeted social media campaigns Commenced
4 Endeavour for new members to be 30% women

 

33% of new Trial Members are female to date Usage of England Golf ‘Get into Golf’ material, website and clubhouse promotional material and targeted social media campaigns Commenced
5 Impact measures To capture and record a baseline of all the key measures we are committing to within the charter including membership data for our club to determine the impact of the charter Formally share progress and updates/changes to the charter with England Golf moving forward To provide annual measures to help determine the impact of the charter
6 Promotion of the charter To appoint a charter champion utilising the role description provided. The champion will be responsible for the promotion, activation and reporting on the progress of the charter. The club will formally display the charter commitments internally and externally – noticeboards, website, social media, membership packs and utilise the England Golf press release The charter Champion to provide England Golf with an annual report on progress on commitments made