Wednesday 6th September 2017
Issued 4th September, 2017 Debbie Casling is supporting Gloucestershire golf clubs to grow the game
She is a new England Golf Club Support Officer and will be helping clubs to strengthen their business and to attract more players and members.
Debbie said: “I’m really excited about this opportunity to continue working with clubs and facilities in Gloucestershire, listening to and understanding their business needs. Using that knowledge I can support them to provide the experience their customers want.”
Debbie started as County Development Officer in Gloucestershire in 2008 and has been a long term supporter of golf in Gloucestershire.
She started her involvement with the Gloucestershire girls when her daughter first learned golf 17 years ago, going on to become a qualified PGA Professional who works closely with her mum to promote the game. Debbie is now the secretary of the Gloucestershire Ladies' County Golf Association.
Debbie has been a member at Brickhampton Court since it opened 25 years ago and she was ladies' captain in 2001; her husband, Neil, has been men's captain and their son and daughter have been junior captains. All the family get together regularly for games.
England Golf’s new strategy for 2017-21, Growing the game of golf in England, focusses on the customer and the importance of providing them with the golfing experience they want, whether that’s competitive play, social opportunities or short format golf which fits into busy lifestyles.
It also has the over-arching aim of encouraging more women and girls into golf. Currently only 15% of club members are women, but research shows that 640,000 women and girls are interested in taking up the sport.
Among the initiatives Debbie will be promoting is the Get into Golf campaign, which offers great value coaching opportunities to new and improving players, and Golf Express, which promotes shorter format golf.
Gavin Anderson, England Golf’s Senior Regional Manager, commented: “I am sure Debbie will be a tremendous asset to the county and will support the clubs to increase participation and club membership.”