started my 2nd year as BGIA chair and Christmas gave me time to
reflect on our successes and challenges in 2017 and to identify ways that I can
take the association forward for 2018.
Game of Golf was highlighted in a recent membership survey as being a key
objective that the BGIA should be addressing and this is an area we will be
working hard to make a difference in in 2018. However, we can’t do this without
the assistance of the other associations within golf – we all need to make this
a priority and pull together.
With this in mind; The BGIA is looking to fund a
Think Tank and extend invitations to all the industry leaders. The agenda will
are you doing to grow the game of
2. What can we do together
to grow the game?
objective I will be addressing will be to continue to raise awareness of the
growing link between golf and wellness. The BGIA’s aim is to highlight the various health and well-being
benefits of golf; such as improvements in life expectancy as well as
both physical and mental health and how golf has had a positive impact on
illness and injuries. Our intention is to do this initially through pilot
schemes and we are currently looking at ways to get patients with Diabetes
playing golf. I believe that with hard work,
dedication and nurturing these pilot schemes will help drive increased
participation and improve the public image of our sport.
events to look forward to this year include the annual 2 days at Woburn which will
encompass the AGM, an annual dinner, and a charity golf day. All members will
be invited to attend and invites will also be extended to selected guests from
inside the golf industry.
members will again be invited to join us for an industry lunch which we will
host at Carnoustie in conjunction with SMS Marketing Surveys and The Golf
The FSPA will
continue to provide BGIA members with an informative and varied seminar programme
to support their needs in the year ahead, this begins in earnest in February
when 3 seminars will take place, one on Anti-Counterfeiting and 2 on GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). The FSPA will also host a variety of interesting
guest speakers at their popular industry Think Tank events. For further information contact BGIA Association Manager – Ciara Morgan.