FIVE clubs in Warwickshire are set to benefit from a COVID-19 support fund provided by England Golf.
The £2.55 million pot distributed by The R&A will support 328 clubs and golf facilities across England, with Edgbaston Golf Club (£5,000), Ladbrook Park Golf Club (£5,000), North Warwickshire Golf Club (£9,594), Rugby Golf Club (£7,150) and Stratford Oaks Golf Club (£10,000) all being awarded grants.
All clubs that were successful with their applications have since been contacted, with grants set to be received throughout November.
After an assessment of all submissions, England Golf distributed funds based on the ability of clubs and facilities to demonstrate both a well-structured business plan for sustainability and the need for financial help – with up to £10,000 being awarded.
And Chief Executive Officer of England Golf, Jeremy Tomlinson, is positive that the support fund will make a lasting long-term impact on the health of the sport.
“I hope this will help to make a real difference to clubs and facilities who have shown amazing resilience and resourcefulness in a year of unprecedented disruption,” he said.
“It was clear to us that if we could dedicate money to invest in sustainable projects at clubs in the short-term, then the long-term benefits could be substantial for our game.
“Throughout the pandemic we have communicated regularly with our clubs, counties and golfers and provided advice, guidance and practical help where we could. We have also listened to our clubs and worked with them for the good of the game.
“Sometimes, though, clubs simply need money to bring projects to life.
“I would like to thank the England Golf Board for sanctioning this additional investment on top of the money we gratefully received from The R&A and which has already been distributed to 328 clubs.
“This not only demonstrates the faith we have in our golf clubs as they build for the future, but also reaffirms our total commitment to driving the development of the amateur game in England.”