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Male cancer charity sets up new golf initiative
August 1, 2011

A new survey commissioned by Orchid [1] , reveals almost two thirds (63 per cent) of people feel professional golfers provide better role models for young people than professional footballers. However, the survey also highlights that for many, golf isn't an easily accessible sport with as many as 8 in 10 (80 per cent) people saying that golf is expensive for young people to play. 

The research marks the beginning of a new scheme led by Orchid the male cancer charity who has joined forces with the International Golf Development Agency in a drive to make golf more accessible to young people and raise awareness of male specific cancers.

"Sport has always been an effective way to raise awareness of health issues in a fun, yet educational way . Golf is a low impact sport that everyone can enjoy; it's a great way to get people active and outdoors in the sunshine. We hope the 'Orchid Community Golf Programme' will introduce the game to as many young people as possible and prove a successful way to get our message across and raise much needed awareness of male specific cancers." Frank Harrington, Orchid's Sports & Education Manager.

'The Orchid Community Golf Programme' introduces golf to young people, as well as educating them about the health benefits of being active, such as the prevention of serious illnesses like cancer. The scheme uses SNAG (Starting New at Golf ) equipment to transform any open space, parks, playgrounds and sports halls into a golf facility for young people. Participants learn the fundamentals of golf without going to the expense of buying clubs or travelling to their nearest golf course. 

"We hope the support of the International Golf Development Agency encourages others to embrace this pioneering campaign. We believe golf should be accessible to every child in the UK and Orchid's work with communities only strengthens our belief." James Healey , Managing Director of IGD

Over the summer Orchid will be rolling out the programme alongside Leyton Orient Sports Club as part of their successful school holiday provision in east London. For more details on how to get involved visit

[1] Survey conducted by OnePoll among 1,000 participants on behalf of Orchid Male Cancer Charity. July 2011.

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