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Ryder Cup boost to golf in Wales

Wales' pledge to make golf accessible to all moved a step closer today with Ryder Cup Wales earmarking more than £1.2 million to support new grassroots golfing facilities.

The financial boost is part of Ryder Cup Wales' £2 million Legacy Fund. After inviting bids from across Wales, 15 projects have been shortlisted, varying from new pay and play pitch and putts, nine hole golf courses and other community golf facilities – all designed to attract more people – particularly youngsters and women - into the game.

Eight of the proposed schemes are in South Wales, two in the west, one in mid Wales and four in the north. The schemes are now being evaluated in more detail by Ryder Cup Wales in conjunction with Sports Council Wales and Golf Development Wales before the applicants are given the official go-ahead.

The Legacy Fund forms part of the winning 2010 bid and is supported by the golfing organisations behind the Ryder Cup in Europe – the European Tour and the Professional Golfers Association, as well as the men's and women's Welsh golfing unions.

John Jermine, Ryder Cup Wales chairman, said: “This £1.2 million will allow us to progress the first wave of projects across Wales , helping us to fulfil our pledge to make golf available to all. The projects currently being assessed are hugely exciting, are being developed in conjunction with local clubs and authorities and are just the sort of initiatives needed to bring new people into the game.

“The Legacy Fund will open the doors so that everyone in Wales will have the opportunity to play golf. Most importantly it will lay strong foundations for the future wellbeing of the game to the benefit of Wales as a whole.”

Welsh Sports Minister, Alun Pugh, believes the programme will build on the success already being achieved by Golf Development Wales. He said: “The L egacy Fund is encouraging more people in Wales to take part in sport and physical activity. I am delighted that there has been so much enthusiasm for this first round of the fund and some excellent projects have been put forward for consideration. As excitement builds towards 2010 we can be confident that Ryder Cup Wales working with Golf Development Wales will leave behind a legacy for future generations.

“The projects will also help contribute towards increasing physical activity opportunities- a key objective of Health Challenge Wales - a new national focus of efforts to improve health and well-being of people throughout Wales .”

Once the first wave of projects has been progressed, Ryder Cup Wales will invite organisations across Wales to submit ideas for a second round.



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