London, England: The All-Party Parliamentary Golf Group has welcomed representatives of The PGA of Great Britain and Ireland to Parliament and heard about the organisation’s work in the sport.
Members of Parliament and Peers were joined by honorary and associate members, as The PGA’s Chief Executive, Robert Maxfield, made a presentation to the Group.
The PGA is a members’ organisation and educates and trains PGA Professionals to degree level with the very latest skills and expertise to operate in all areas of golf, so golfers can enjoy and play better golf, while golf clubs can benefit from the successful management of their facility.
The organisation, an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation, plays a prominent role in growing and promoting the game through initiatives with other leading golf bodies, and is the founding partner of one of sport’s biggest events, the Ryder Cup.
At the meeting, there was a discussion of The PGA’s heritage and history, key member categories and its reach to amateur golfers, investment in the game, and the organisation’s involvement in the Ryder Cup.
Chairing the meeting was Craig Tracey, Member of Parliament for North Warwickshire and All-Party Parliamentary Golf Group Co-Chair. He said: “The PGA are based in my constituency and do fantastic work to grow the game across the United Kingdom, both by educating and training PGA Professionals and through a range of other initiatives.
“Group Members were delighted to hear about The PGA’s work in the sport, and we are grateful to Rob for taking the time to meet in Parliament.”
Stephen Gethins, Group Co-Chair and Member of Parliament for North East Fife, added: “It was a pleasure to welcome Rob to Parliament, and to hear about The PGA’s involvement in the Ryder Cup in particular following Team Europe’s success at Le Golf National.
“Golf is a sport for all, which delivers a range of benefits at both the local and national level, and the Parliamentary Golf Group is committed to ensuring that the positive contributions that organisations such as The PGA make are heard.”
Maxfield said: “It was an honour to meet with Members of the All-Party Parliamentary Golf Group, and to discuss The PGA’s aims and vision.
“The work undertaken by PGA Professionals in clubs, in coaching and in delivering many other initiatives on behalf of the game, is vital to ensuring its future. We look forward to continuing working closely with the Group to ensure that the health, social and economic benefits of the sport are realised at both local and national level.”