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Ballarat District Golf Incorporated

2021 07 girl squadBallarat District Golf are thrilled that Sports Central, VicHealth and Regional Sport Victorian have chosen to showcase our MyGolf Girls Squad program.

The MyGolf Girls Squad is delivered by Ballarat District Golf with the support of our affiliated clubs, Ballarat Junior Golf Academy, Golf Australia, Sports Central, Victorian Golf Foundation, WestVic Academy of Sport and VicHealth, and aims to drive participation for girls predominantly aged 11 to 17.

The program is designed to be fun, safe, non-intimidating and affordable, providing squad members with:

  • The opportunity to play regularly together
  • Access to expert coaching
  • Playing uniforms
  • The opportunity to compete in Ballarat District Golf and Golf Australia junior competitions
  • A pathway to the WestVic Academy of Sport and Golf Australia programs

The ongoing success of the MyGolf Squad has been achieved by identifying and addressing the barriers for girls to participate, which include:

  • Family support – Logistics, transport, organisation, on-course supervision, etc.
  • Very few or no peers to practice and play with, and to offer support and encouragement
  • Time constraints due to academic activities, social activities and paid employment
  • Other sporting commitments
  • Very few or no role models to look up to

“Through the MyGolf Girls Squad we now have a core group of girls who really are golfers and look forward to going to golf and meeting their friends. It is very difficult for young girls to just decide they want to play golf if there are no groups to be attached to,” said Ballarat District Golf – Junior Coach and PGA Teaching Professional Andrew Cartledge.

VicHealth is a long-term partner of Sports Central, and the MyGolf Girls Squad is a great example of implementing the VicHealth Doing Sport Differently principle – Think about participants as customers and consider their total experience.

To find out more about the MyGolf Girls Squad or the other junior development activities and programs delivered by Ballarat District Golf, contact Andrew Milligan on 0419 590 674.