Ulster University Backing Girls in Golf

Ulster University has backed up its relationship with the R&A and the 148th Open Championship by becoming the first university to sign up to The R&A Women in Golf Charter.

The Charter aims to inspire an industry-wide commitment to developing a more inclusive culture within golf around the world and enable more women and girls to flourish and maximise their potential at all levels of the sport.

Adoption of the Charter requires signatories to build on and develop initiatives which will focus on encouraging more women and girls to play golf and stay within the sport as members of clubs, while also empowering women to enjoy successful careers working within the golf industry.

The Coleraine campus was the official host of The Open Camping Village and also hosted the Sport for Business Sport for Social Good Conference. The student body provided all the volunteer stewards that added to such a memorable week and the charter is a way in which the legacy of a great tournament can be embedded, even after the cheers for Shane Lowry have faded.

Ulster University has a well-established and successful Performance Golf programme in place and is one of only 17 institutions in the UK to have its golf activities funded by The R&A.

The programme supports high-level student golfers with individual performance plans to fulfil their sporting and academic potential. The university also plays a key role in the golf sector through its innovative teaching and cutting-edge research in the fields of sport science and sports psychology, life and health sciences, and tourism and marketing.

In signing the Charter, Ulster University is committed to:

  • Working with The R&A and key stakeholders to develop and deliver innovative programmes to increase awareness, participation and performance levels of women and girls in golf within and beyond the University.
  • Creating Women in Golf Ambassadors within the University to help encourage and inspire women and girls to engage in a range of golf focused development initiatives.
  • Promoting the health benefits of participation in golf for women and girls through the development of resources and activity programmes on and off campus.
  • Increasing the number of female students supported annually through the  Performance Golf Programme with enhanced opportunities to access appropriate coaching and competition.

“It is an honour to be the first university to sign the Women in Golf Charter,” said Niamh Lamond, Chief Operating Officer.

“We are proud of our long-standing relationship with The R&A through our cutting edge research in equipment development and performance measurement, as well our Performance Golf Scholarship.”

“Diversity and inclusion are placed at the heart of the culture at Ulster University and as a signatory of this Charter we are committed to supporting and inspiring women in golf.”

“The eyes of the world were watching The Open held at Royal Portrush Golf Club and as a civic university we are focused on ensuring the lasting legacy of this opportunity is realised and the impact will be recognised for women in golf and golf in Northern Ireland for years to come.”

“We are delighted that Ulster University has committed to the Women in Golf Charter and become the first university to do so,” added Jackie Davidson, Assistant Director – Golf Development at The R&A.

“It is so important for the Charter to reach higher education institutions as we aim to increase the number of women and girls participating in golf and to encourage more opportunities for women to work and volunteer within the sport overall.

”Ulster University’s commitment to a range of initiatives is a great example to other institutions in the education sector.”

Ulster University worked closely with The R&A in the build-up to The 148th Open to promote the sport and in particular to encourage young women and girls to get involved with golf.

The University partnered with MasterCard to deliver their signature STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education programme “Girls4Tech” in conjunction with the R&A on the Coleraine campus. As well as encouraging girls to consider STEM careers the participants were also given the opportunity to experience golf related coaching and activities with the aim of encouraging and enabling more girls to get involved in the sport.


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