Successful golf clubs reveal their strategies

first_img Successful golf clubs have revealed their methods of recruiting and retaining new members: they’re flexible, friendly and they offer low-cost ways to try the game.These key factors have emerged from research commissioned by England Golf to support the development of its new and ambitious Strategic Plan.The plan sets out to inspire people of all ages to make golf a part of their life. Its ambitions include reversing the trend of declining club membership and working towards a target of 750,000 golf club members in England by 2020.A total of 55 clubs were interviewed for the research project, of which 70% were private members’ clubs, 24% proprietary and 6% pay and play. All had all increased their memberships during 2012 and seen that hold firm in 2013. In many cases it has increased again.Richard Flint, England Golf’s Club Services and Development Director, said:  “These clubs, which are all bucking the national trend, have been very generous by describing their successful strategies and we can now share this best practice to grow the game.”The research was carried out by SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC. which concludes: “The three key principles which our interviewees have applied could easily be deployed across the country and could potentially reap rich rewards without profoundly changing the way the clubs operate.”The clubs all placed emphasis on:•    Flexible membership packages – these recognised that one package no longer fits all and that the member who plays occasionally is still a member worth having. These schemes particularly target the younger golfer, aged up to 40.•    Friendliness – a friendly, convivial environment, where it is easy to socialise and find people to have a round of golf with, was found to be hugely important in attracting new members. Some relaxing of the rules, for example concerning jeans, trainers and mobile phones, was common.•    Low-cost ways to get into golf – clubs sought ways to help people try golf without a big initial expense. These include ‘have a go’ days, involving existing members and offering an opportunity to enjoy the facilities, and trial memberships.Many of the clubs also made use of outside help to promote their club amongst members or visitors, for example by achieving the GolfMark award for junior and beginner-friendly facilities, and by working with England Golf’s Club Services department and with their County Golf Partnership.Most make their facilities available commercially, say for weddings or conferences; and many are seeking to build up a database of visitors’ details, often using electronic communication. 7 Jan 2014 Successful golf clubs reveal their strategies last_img read more

Santa Anita featured by Time Out- Los Angeles

first_imgTime Out- Los Angeles recently featured our facilities writing, “The Arcadia thoroughbred racetrack kicks off its winter season with an afternoon of horse racing. Splurge for a Guest Chef Series ticket and you’ll be treated to a pop-up from the Church Key as well as live music by James Torme (son of Mel) in the Candelier Room.” The site also allows space to review your own experience.Via Time Out- Los Angeleslast_img

With sights set on Tokyo 2020, PH skateboarding holds regional qualifiers

first_imgMOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:30Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gold medallist Margielyn Didal. AFP FILE PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—The Philippines isn’t just looking at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, which the country will host, it’s setting its sights on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The Skateboarding and Roller Sports Association of the Philippines Inc., and Go for Gold have partnered up to find the best skateboarders that will represent the Philippines in the 2019 SEA Games and, if possible, in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES PBA: Pogoy, TNT remain in sharp form, crush Alaska Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Monty Mendigora, the president of the Skateboarding and Roller Sports Association of the Philippines, announced on Wednesday that the start of the regional championships would start with the Luzon leg on March 23-24 at Robinsons Mall in Novaliches.Skateboarding chief Monty Mendigoria (right) presents a limited edition skateboard to sports patron and Go For Gold Philippines head Jeremy Go. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO“We will look for the best skaters in the regionals,” said Mendigora. “The top three participants from the regionals will get a chance to prove their worth in the national SEA Games qualifying championship.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Visayas leg would be held in Cebu on April 6-7 while the Mindanao leg is set in General Santos on May 25-26.The top three skaters from the three regional legs will then compete in the National SEA Games qualifier in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on Aug. 24-25. The Visayas leg, though, is the highlight of the qualifiers with 2018 Asian Games gold medalist Margielyn Didal expected to appear on the competition.“We feel that Margie and the skateboarding team will become our bright lights in the 2020 Olympics, and hopefully they can bring home our first Olympic gold medal,” said Go for Gold godfather Jeremy Go.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Gambia Defends Decision to use Players

first_imgThe Gambia has defended its decision to use five players for their African Youth Championship preliminary round qualifier against Liberia at the weekend.The Liberian Football Association appealed against Gambia’s usage of Buba Sanneh, Bubacarr Trawally, Saloum Faal, Ali Sowe and unused substitute Sampierre Mendy in Sunday’s 1-0 win for the young Scorpions with the allegation that the quintet were ineligible to feature in the game.Gambian officials have confirmed using those players even though they were born in 1994 but their own interpretation of the regulations is that a player is eligible to participate in the “qualifiers” as long as they were less than 20 years at the time they participated in a particular match.The GFF acknowledged that Sowe is the eldest of the recent batch of Gambian U-20 who will celebrate his 20th birthday in June, making him ineligible to participate further in the qualifiers, at which point he will be replaced.“We are very much aware of the rules of this competition. We know that in the competition proper, all the players have to be born in 1995 but during the qualifiers, a player is eligible to play as long as he is less than 20. This is U-20 tournament and not U-19 so our players are eligible to play in the game,” Mr. Kebbe Touray of the GFF said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NEP Launches Campaign against Child Abuse

first_imgThe National Empowerment Program for women and children protection (NEP) has launched its campaign against child abuse with a call to protect the rights of children in Liberia.The campaign against child abuse is in an effort to fight those involved in abusing the rights of children, including rape, child labor among other forms of abuse.As a means to tackle such issues within the country, NEP and its partners have empowered 33 communities and 55 participants in a three-day intensive workshop held at NEP headquarters in rural Montserrado County.Speaking at the three day workshop, NEP Executive Director Sianeh Omeze said the workshop would provide better education on how to tackle the issues of the protection of the rights of children within the communities.She said the issue of child abuse is vey rampant and remains a major challenge in Liberia which needs to be addressed urgently in order to protect the rights of children in the country.She disclosed that the first phase of the campaign will benefit directly 300 Ebola orphans, children affected by Ebola and survivors within those communities.The NEP boss said her organization is working in partnership with Plan Liberia that is providing support and at the same time working with other child rights organizations to ensure that the rights of children are well protected.“In order to enforce the campaign against child abuse, those from the various communities that were empowered through the intensive training with different kinds of child abuse and how to tackle issues of such within their communities, towns and villages, will serve as child protection promoters,” NEP boss assured.Director Omeze asserted that during their interaction with various community leaders while carrying on awareness on Ebola preventive measures, the leaders revealed child abuse as a major issue.She said following their complains on child abuse led her organization to take bold steps by organizing workshops and establishing psychosocial counseling  centers that will address the issues  to transform the lives of children who are effected as a result of the  EVD.“NEP and Plan Liberia supported the establishment of the 3 psychosocial counseling centers to cater to children after schools by allowing them engage into activities that will make them feel great and important in the society despite the EVD Crisis,” she said.According to Tonia Gaye, a resident of Kamara Town in lower Montserrado, a participant of the three days workshop, the training empowered her to work in protecting the rights of children.Madam Gaye said the issue of child abuse must be look into because it’s dangerous for the future leaders of the country, noting that she will battle against violators of child rights.“Some parents are still in the habit of violating the rights of their children but I Tonia volunteer to fight against this totally, and I will educate parents and guardians on the importance of protecting the rights of children,” Madam Gaye said.She thanked NEP for the intensive training which she said has empowered her to take up the challenge by engaging others to win the fight against child abuse in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jamaican jailed for sharing nude video of woman

first_imgA Jamaican man will now spend the next year behind bars in Guyana, after Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly on Friday, sentenced him to one year’s imprisonment when he admitted to sharing an obscene video of a woman via social media.Anthony Lynch was slapped with a total of three charges with the first stating that on May 29, 2019, he failed to comply with permission granted to stay in Guyana from November 16, 2016, to April 30, 2019, and as such overstayed his time.Another charge read that on January 1, 2019, at Lot 20 East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, he knowingly and without any lawful excuse, exposed an obscene video to cause public embarrassment. To this charge, the foreigner pleaded guilty.The final charge stated that on January 7, 2019, at Eve Leary, Georgetown, the accused, while being in lawful custody for the offence of exposing an obscene video, escaped from custody. Lynch pleaded not guilty to this charge as well as the first.Magistrate Daly sentenced Lynch to one year’s imprisonment for the second offence while he remanded him on the other charges. The cases were adjourned to July 19, 2019.last_img read more

`Tiny’ Ayres, 30-year resident, dies at 83

first_imgWHITTIER – A memorial service for Helen Lorraine “Tiny” Ayres, 83, a 30-year Whittier resident whose widely varied occupations took her from the Pentagon to the Los Angeles Public Defender’s office, will be held Saturday in Fullerton. The service will be at 11 a.m. at Fullerton’s First Evangelical Free Church, where she was a member. The church is located at 2801 N. Brea Blvd. Ayres died March 14 in Long Beach. She was born in Long Beach July 12, 1923 to George and Della Trout at Seaside Hospital. She was so small when she was born, her parents gave her a nickname of “Tiny,” which stuck with her for life. She graduated from Poly High School in Long Beach and went on to graduate from UCLA, where, as a result of her mastery of English, she was able to earn extra money by grading other students’ papers. After graduation from college, she worked in the Pentagon for 16 months. She returned home for the wedding of her sister and, while home, became the executive secretary to an admiral in Long Beach. After she and William Ayres were married in 1963, they settled in Whittier and she went to work in the office of the Los Angeles County Public Defender. Following her retirement, she became very active in the Whittier Republican Women’s Club and Fullerton Christian Women’s Club. She was also a volunteer at Whittier’s Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital. Ayres is survived by her husband; sister, Dorothy Bloomquist, four nieces, her nephew and her two beloved cats. The cats have been adopted by two of her nieces. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Man United to sign £50m Martial? All you need to know about strike starlet…

first_imgManchester United are being tipped to launch a move for Anthony Martial before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.United look desperately short of firepower and, with Wayne Rooney yet to score in the Premier League this season, Louis van Gaal has reportedly earmarked the Monaco youngster as the man to boost his forward line.We’re not ashamed to admit we know little about Martial here at talkSPORT Towers, so we’ve been doing some digging to find out more…Name: Anthony MartialDate of birth (Age): 5 December 1995 (19)Birthplace: Massy, FrancePosition: StrikerClub: MonacoWhat’s the latest?According to reports in France, Manchester United took Monaco by surprise on Sunday by tabling a €50million (£36m) bid for Martial.Louis van Gaal has been frustrated in his search for a new forward in recent weeks and, having seemingly given up hope of luring either Neymar or Gareth Bale to Old Trafford, has turned his attentions to the French youngster.Le Parisien, a leading French newspaper, went as far to claim on Sunday that Martial has already agreed personal terms with United and the deal could be finalised today, but there has been no official confirmation from either club.Did you know?1) The forward began his career with Lyon and made four senior appearances for the club before Monaco swooped to land the 17-year-old for €5million in the summer of 2013.2) Martial went straight into the Monaco first team squad, and scored twice in nine Ligue 1 appearances in his debut campaign. He became a regular in only his second season at the club, following Radamel Falcao’s loan move to Manchester United, and made 31 league appearances, scoring eight goals.3) He has scored four goals in 12 appearances for France’s Under-21 side and was last week called up to the senior squad for the first time for the upcoming friendly matches against Portugal and Serbia.4) Frighteningly quick, skilful and with an eye for goal, Martial has been compared in style to Arsenal and France legend – and another former Monaco youngster – Thierry Henry.5) Martial was linked with a move to Tottenham at the start of the summer. The north London club were said to be planning an £18m move but Martial was not keen on a move to White Hart Lane and instead signed a new deal with Monaco in July.Video Evidence: Anthony Martial [left] 1last_img read more


first_imgThis year Operation Transformation is teaming up once again with the Irish Sports Council to organise a number of special nationwide sporting events – and once again Donegal is taking part.The Operation Transformation National Walk will take place on Saturday 14th January at Cloghan. The distance of the event and start time will be announced soon.There are 32 walks taking place with at least one in every county in the Republic so there’s no excuse for missing out. Start times range between 10.30 am and 2 pm. Every walk will see a leader who will set the pace and show you how to get the best value out of your walk.The Operation Transformation leaders and experts will be out in force to walk with you and encourage the whole country to take the first step towards a healthier life. Walking is one of the best exercises you can do. And it’s free! The walks are all Sli na Slainte routes which use signage at kilometre intervals on established walking routes to help walkers identify the distance covered.Slí na Sláinte is designed to encourage people to walk more frequently and to enjoy the benefits of a healthier lifestyle.  © 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on us on anything on DONEGAL GETS READY FOR OPERATION TRANSFORMATION WALK was last modified: January 4th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL GETS READY FOR OPERATION TRANSFORMATION WALKlast_img read more

Turkish club ‘rival Spurs for Kalou’ and Fulham are linked with youngster

first_imgBesiktas are ready to rival Tottenham for Chelsea’s Salomon Kalou, according to The Daily Mail.A Turkish delegation are understood to have held talks with Kalou’s representatives in London last week and are ready to offer the 26-year-old a lucrative package to join on a free transfer this summer.Kalou’s contract expires at the end of the season. Arsenal have also been linked with a move for him.A number of Italian clubs are also said to to have expressed an interest.Meanwhile, the Daily Star say Fulham have bid £100,000 plus add-ons for Leyton Orient starlet Kaylen Hinds.The 14-year-old is apparently also being monitored by Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img