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Sports Equity

A series of comments from England Golf

see handbook

  1. All people, irrespective of their age, gender, ability, race, religious or political beliefs, ethnic origin, colour, social status, or sexual orientation should have a genuine and equal opportunity to participate in golf at relevant levels and in all roles, whether as a spectator, official or player.

  2. Golf clubs have legal obligations under the Equality Act 2010 to ensure that members, prospective members and guests are not discriminated against on the basis of their age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, race (including ethnic origin, national origin, colour, nationality), religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

  3. Although the income obtained through the junior section only accounts for a small proportion of the overall golf club income, it is important to remember that and it is therefore essential to ensure they have a quality experience of the game at junior level

  4. It has been a very tough and competitive period for recruiting and retaining new members over the last few years, however through regularly reviewing our categories we are able to offer a variety of competitive membership offers for our current and prospective members, juniors and adults!

  5. Adult members also have a role to play, as aggressive or harsh words from an adult member can put a child off golf club membership for life. It is essential that the golf club communicates the rights of children and young people to all members as part of their overall club rules and regulations.

  6. Although juniors do not pay the same subscriptions as an adult member, they should still have equal playing rights, as they do not have the opportunity to use the golf club facilities on such a regular basis as the adult members, due to being at school for a high proportion of the year.

  7. Both male and female juniors are able to play in adult competitions enabling them to develop their social skills as well as their golf skills and they are more than welcome in every area of the clubhouse and golf centre

  8. Ensure juniors are integrated into the golf club and are able to use the facilities so that they feel part of the membership.

  9. It is recommended that ability (not age) should be the only factor for juniors playing in golf club events providing that the handicap limit for juniors is no different to adults. If golf clubs are unable to change these rules, juniors should at the very least be provided with their own  junior medal competition, preferably on the same day.

  10. Once a junior has a CONGU handicap, they should have access to play in club competitions providing they meet the handicap criteria and any other specific competition conditions. Age should not be a barrier which prevents juniors playing in club competitions.