It’s been a busy few months at the BGIA, we’ve undertaken a membership review and focused who we’re targeting to become members at the tail end of 2017. I’ve also put in place meetings with several existing members to help feed into this review and ensure that what we’re offering is the right fit for the industry.

BGIA Association Manager – Ciara Morgan and I recently attended one of the events put on by the On Course Foundation to support the recovery of wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and veterans through golf, it took place at High Post Golf Club. There will be 4 of these 2-day events in 2017 all paid for by the Grow Golf Fund which is contributed to by several BGIA members including Acushnet, Callaway, Ping and TaylorMade along with Brand Fusion, Eaton Golf Pride, Motocaddy, Peter Millar, Sports Marketing Surveys, Wilson and Yonex. The BGIA and the Grow Golf contributors are very proud to have been able to make this happen.

On 18th October, the FSPA will welcome members from around the UK for a seminar: ‘Getting to market through selective distribution – what’s next?’. This afternoon session is open FOC to all FSPA member associations including the BGIA. Following the recent publication by the European Union of its sector enquiry into e-commerce, and in light of recent enforcement activity by the EU and national competition authorities, it’s vital that our members get up-to-speed on how these developments could affect their sports or play business. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from leading sports lawyers Richard Millington and Simon Barnes.  Partners at national law firm Shoosmiths, they have extensive knowledge of international trade law and the sports world.

Following a networking lunch, we’ll take a practical look at the current laws on controlling product distribution, recent cases that illustrate what has and hasn’t been permitted, what the European Commission’s report found and the changes we may see in the future.  For further information contact Ciara.

The above seminar will be combined for the members of the BGIA Executive Board, with their quarterly meeting. Topics on the Agenda can be suggested by any existing member, so please get in touch with Ciara if you would like anything to be included - ciara@sportsandplay.com

In the coming months, our priority is to make progress with the BGIA’s Golf and Wellness initiative which will encouraging GP’s in two UK pilot counties to think of golf when ‘Social Prescribing’ (a way of linking patients in primary care with sources of support within the community. It provides GPs with a non-medical referral option that can operate alongside existing treatments to improve health and well-being). It’s a very exciting project and one that if rolled out across the country could see participation numbers begin to increase further. Watch this space…