The Welsh Government has given golf clubs more than £100,000 to tackle climate change.
Clubs can receive grants of up to £5,000 each with key themes including promoting nature, strengthening communities, resource conservation and climate action to reduce emissions and increase carbon storage in nature-rich golf courses.
Wales Golf Chief Executive Hannah McAllister said: “This is an important step in not only integrating sustainability into our new overall sporting strategy; but moving quickly to effective and meaningful implementation.
“It will be delivered in a way that strengthens and supports our clubs, generates pride among current and future golfers, and increases the positive multipliers that the sport of golf is capable of providing.
“We are grateful for the leadership given by our government partners as well as the expertise and ready-made solutions provided by the GEO Foundation.”
As a result, an OnCourseWales website and the Sustainable Innovation Grants scheme will be launched this month.
The fund will be released in two waves:
Wave 1 – March/April 2022, a “Kickstarter fund” for projects between £500 and £3000.
Wave 2 – August/September 2022, “Accelerator Funding” for projects up to £5,000.
Deputy Minister for Sport, Dawn Bowden MS, said: “We are delighted to support this important step by Wales Golf to further improve the environmental performance of our wonderful golf courses which are already doing so much to provide vital leisure spaces, attract visitors and develop the sport. participation.
“Golf recognizes that it has a responsibility for the sensitive management of critical natural resources and the stewardship of ecological hotspots and fantastic green spaces and we are pleased to be able to support this important work and their continued collaboration with the GEO Foundation for the sustainable golf. .
“As we prepare to host both the Senior Open Championship (2023) and the Women’s British Open (2025) here in Wales, it is essential that we are ready for the very latest developments in responsible management. golf.”
Brian Davies, Acting CEO of Sport Wales, added: “We commend and support Wales Golf and other partners who are expressing a strengthened commitment to be at the forefront of sustainability and climate action. This is an important program for all of us, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact of Wales Golf’s work and any potential shared learning there may be for the sector.
The GEO Foundation for Sustainable Golf is an international non-profit organization, founded 16 years ago to help inspire, support and reward credible action on sustainability and to strengthen and promote the social and environmental value of golf . The organization remains the only one in the world entirely dedicated to this mission.