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Women's Institute at Stratford Oaks Golf Club

15th February 2013



Ladies from the Women's Institute enjoyed a special golf taster session at Stratford Oaks Golf Club.

MORE THAN 800 members of the Women's Institute are to be given the chance to get in the swing next month.

The Warwickshire County Golf Partnership is taking its Get into golf roadshow out to a number of venues across the county as part of the build-up to the 2013 Midlands Golf Week, which takes place from April 12-21

County development officer Julia Burton and her team will be present at the Warwickshire Federation of WI's annual meeting on March 20.

Ladies attending the event will be able to use real golf clubs and balls in the CGP's special inflatable net, which enables anyone to give the sport a go in a variety of locations ranging from garden centres to shopping malls.

Representatives from Kenilworth and Leamington and County golf clubs will be on hand to offer details on further coaching offers for anyone interested in trying the sport again.

Says Julia Burton: “These kind of events are becoming increasingly important as golf seeks to make the sport as accessible as possible.

“It is no longer enough for clubs to sit back and expect people to turn up and join – we have to make every effort to go out and sell the benefits the sport can bring, such as a healthy exercise and an active social life, in places that can be quite different to the traditional clubhouse.

“Clubs across Warwickshire are being very proactive in supporting projects like Midlands Golf Week, which will provide opportunities for would-be golfers of all ages to get involved.”

Midlands Golf Week is an annual week-long festival of golf which – for the first time – now includes clubs from across eight counties.

The 2013 festival will cover the Northamptonshire area as well as Shropshire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Rutland – putting golf at the heart of the local community.

More than 4,750 would-be golfers have seized the opportunity to give the sport a go during the first two years of the event.

WI members have previously enjoyed free taster sessions at Stratford Oaks Golf Club, in a sociable evening which included putting, chipping and driving as part of the nationwide Get into golf campaign.

“It was a great success,” declared Christine Dyer, chairman of the Home and Leisure sub-committee of the Warwickshire Federation of Women's Institutes.

“Many of the ladies were trying golf for the first time, but the team at Stratford Oaks made it lots of fun. Some of the ladies enjoyed it so much, they signed up for further coaching.”

Ages in the group ranged from 20s to 70s to emphasise that golf is a sport that can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities – and that it is never too late to give the sport a try.

Adds Christine Dyer: “We are delighted to be able offer delegates at the annual meeting a wide range of activities and it just goes to show that the WI is an organisation that offers opportunities to women of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.”

Adds Julia Burton, who can be contacted by emailing : “This event for the WI shows what can be arranged and would be suitable for other groups, organisations or businesses.”

Midlands Golf Week forms part of a national Get into golf campaign and full details of all activities across the eight counties can be found by visiting the activity map at

Or for activities in Warwickshire you can follow the link

Midlands Golf Week is run under the umbrella of the county golf partnerships, which bring together the development officers, PGA professionals, county men's union and ladies association and the clubs themselves to develop a pathway into golf.

Get into golf is a national campaign to inspire new golfers run by the England Golf Partnership through its network of County Golf Partnerships, which work to grow the game.

Get into golf opportunities include free or low-cost beginner courses with PGA professionals. They are a fun and sociable way to start golf – and a great way to make new friends.

Discounted lessons can cost as little as £25 for a five-week course.

To find your nearest centre visit   and look at the activity map or  call 0800 118 2766

You can follow Get into golf on Twitter or on Facebook at

Anyone interested in further details about the WI should visit or

The England Golf Partnership (EGP) brings together the amateur governing body, England Golf and the PGA, to grow the game with the support of the Golf Foundation and Sport England.

County Golf Partnerships, involving the county men's women's and professional organisations, are part of the EGP's Whole Sport Plan for golf and an integral part of its vision to make England the world's leading golf nation by 2020.

In Warwickshire the partnership is supported by the Warwickshire Union of Golf Clubs, the Warwickshire County Ladies Golf Association and the Warwickshire PGA.

For more information on the work of the Warwickshire Golf Partnership contact Julia Burton, County Development Officer, Warwickshire County Golf Partnership.


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