Golf Development Wales was established as a result of Wales’ successful Ryder Cup Bid. It is the development arm of the Golf Union of Wales and is a strategic partnership between the Golf Union of Wales, the Golf Foundation and the Sport Wales. It is also supported by the Professional Golfers Association.
Golf Development Wales, facilitates the growth and health of the sport via a number of initiatives outlined in the Securing the Future strategy:
Our mission is to help develop a network of thriving clubs to "secure the future" of Welsh golf and generate opportunities for all to take up and remain withinn the sport for life.
Golf Development Wales within this strategy focuses its efforts on supporting clubs in adapting and planning for their future to ensure they continue to increase opportunities for all to take up all remain within the sport for life.
Main Objectives (over 3 years)
To assist over 70 clubs in planning for the future
To improve membership rates
To give over 70,000 people the opportunity to take up the game
To provide beginner competitive opportunities
To support, recognise and increase the number of volunteers and coaches
GDW will run schemes under the following banners:
Reaching Out - Enabling partner organisations and clubs to reach the masses.
Schemes include: Dragon Sport Tri-Golf; Golf Xtreme; Golf in the Curriculum, Mass Audience events.
Supporting Clubs - Work with a network of clubs to help them thrive and to ultimately become a hub within the community. We will provide clubs with assistance in: planning and adapting for the future, becoming customer focused and providing opportunities for all to try and reamin in the game.
Schemes include: Assisting clubs in planning for the future; Beginner Golfing Schemes; Club Accreditation.
Improving Communication and Awareness - To learn from, communicate with and track beginner and nomadic golfers, as well as providing attractive opportunities to join clubs.
Schemes include: New to Golf Membership; Golf Awareness Week.
Providing Appropriate Competition for Beginners - To provide a national fun competition for beginners, as well as a national skills competition for all to participate and progress.
Schemes include: Welsh Mini Masters; National Skills Challenge.
Supporting and Recognising Volunteers and Coaches - Work with these vital people who are the driving force behind development and provide them with supporting resources, appropriate training and recognistion to ensure they develop and feel valued.
Schemes inlcude: Providing Recognistion; Coach and Volunteer Education.
Safeguarding - to work with clubs to ensure all golfers, in particular young people, have a safe environment in which they can enjoy and progress within the sport.
Schemes include: Providing advice to clubs; Child Protection Policy, CRB Checks; Safeguarding & Protecting Children Courses.
For further information on schemes visit relevant sections on website.
Staff members of GDW:
Hannah Fitzpatrick (Manager), Sian Simmons (Administrator), Stuart Finlay (Legacy Fund Facilities Officer and Mid and West Wales), Dilwyn Griffiths (North Wales), Zoe Thacker (South Wales).
The Board members of GDW are listed below :
Rob Holt (Chairman)
Guy Bates (Treasurer)
Lowri Bunn (Sport Wales)
Mike Round (The Golf Foundation)
Supporting / Observer Bodies representatives :
Norman Fletcher (PGA)
Richard Dixon (Secretary to the Board)
Hannah Fitzpatrick (Director of Golf Development)