Organisation pledges its help to new Westminster body that aims to ‘support the sport of golf’
By ECG Newsdesk
The PGA has agreed to become a supporter of The Parliamentary Golf Group. It joins the likes of the R&A, England Golf and Sky in backing the group, which comprises members of all major political parties and from both Houses of Parliament. The Group has a single remit: to “support the sport of golf.”
Sandy Jones, chief executive of the PGA said: “The PGA is committed to developing and growing the golf in the UK and is delighted to support the Parliamentary Golf Group.
“We look forward to working with the group to ensure that the health, social and economic benefits of the sport are realised at both the local and national level.”
Karl McCartney MP, the group’s chairman and Member of Parliament for Lincoln, welcomed the PGA’s support.
He said “I am pleased that the PGA has agreed to support the Parliamentary Golf Group and look forward to working closely with them, as the Group continues to support the sport at all levels. Golf is a sport for all ages which provides opportunities for people to stay fit and healthy, and the PGA’s support will help the Group to provide a strong voice for the sport.”
The All Party Parliamentary Golf Group hosted a reception on behalf of the England Golf Partnership (EGP) at the Palace of Westminster which included a welcome from Sports Minister David Evennett.
Evennett spoke of golf’s huge popularity, as the country’s fifth most-played sport, its tremendous reach across all backgrounds and abilities, and its part in supporting the Government’s sports strategy to tackle inactivity.
“It is clear to me and to the Government that the benefits of golf are very far reaching,” he said. “Golf is a very good community sport which is why the government is committed to increasing golf participation.”