UK GOLFERS SPEND £4 BILLION A YEAR ON THEIR SPORT AND THE GOLF INDUSTRY PAYS £1 BILLION IN TAX
21 March 2016, London,
England: Golfers in the United Kingdom spent
£4.3 billion on their sport in 2014, accounting for 14% of all
consumer spending on sport, and golf paid £990 million in taxes to
the government according to an independent report published today
by Sheffield Hallam University's Sport Industry Research Centre
More than half of consumer spending on golf, £2.2
billion, was channeled through the UK's near 3,000 golf clubs. Golf
equipment and clothing accounted for £939 million of consumer
expenditure and golf related tourism, events and accommodation a
The report, which was funded by The R&A,
highlights that the golf industry in the UK employs 74,480 people
with a third employed directly by golf clubs in England, Wales,
Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Golf's Gross Value Added (GVA), the wages and profits
measure of economic activity, is calculated at £2 billion or 7% of
GVA attributed to all sport in the United Kingdom.
After accounting for indirect and induced economic
impact effects, the turnover of the UK golf industry is estimated
at £10.3 billion for 2014.
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said,
"Golf is the first sport in the UK to evaluate its contribution to
economic development in line with the government's 'Sporting
Future' strategy and these findings give us an important economic
baseline for the golf industry against which we can measure future
"There is plenty of room for optimism that golf can
maintain and develop its position as one of the most popular sports
in the UK, particularly in the year when it makes its return to the
Olympic Games in Rio."
Professor Simon Shibli, the Head of SIRC and author of
the report, said, "We were delighted to have the opportunity to
produce a Satellite Account for golf on behalf of The R&A, as
it is the first time that a sport-specific Satellite Account has
been produced. The positive physiological and mental health
benefits of golf are already well understood. Golf is also
remarkably valuable to the economy as our figures for consumer
spending, GVA and employment demonstrate."
The report provides an analysis of golf's regular and
occasional participation base. There are an estimated 1.5 million
adult golfers in the UK who play at least once a week, almost twice
the regular participation rate of tennis (825,343) or badminton
(825,962), and 3.9 million adult golfers who play at least once a
The role of volunteering in UK golf is also
highlighted in the SIRC report with an estimated 178,000 volunteers
contributing 2.1million volunteer days, a benefit to the sport
worth £137 million annually.
The report was launched at a reception in the Palace
of Westminster hosted by the recently formed All-Party
Parliamentary Group for Golf, Chaired by Karl McCartney
JP MP. The Group brings together Members of the House of Lords and
the House of Commons to support the sport of golf.
Notes to Editors:
Copies of the SIRC report: 'A Satellite Account for
Golf in the UK' can be downloaded from The R&A website.
Based in St Andrews, The R&A runs The Open, elite
amateur events, international matches and rankings. Together The
R&A and the USGA govern the sport of golf worldwide, operating
in separate jurisdictions but sharing a commitment to a single code
for the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status and Equipment
Standards. The R&A governs worldwide, outside of the United
States and Mexico, with the consent of 152 organisations from
amateur and professional golf and on behalf of over 30 million
golfers in 138 countries.
The R&A is committed to working for golf and
supports the growth of the sport internationally and the
development and management of sustainable golf facilities.
information about The R&A visit www.RandA.org.
The Sport Industry
Research Centre (SIRC) at Sheffield Hallam University is one of
three sport-related research centres in the Faculty of Health and
Wellbeing along with the Centre for Sport and Exercise Science
(CSES) and the Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER). The
main focus of the centre's work is the use of applied economic
techniques to solve the specific research requirements of its
clients and to generate new knowledge about the sport and leisure
industries. The research and consultancy programme delivered by
SIRC covers the following areas: sports economics;
Notes to Picture Editors:
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Photo caption: Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The
R&A, Karl McCartney JP MP, Chair of the All-Party
Parliamentary Group for Golf, and Professor Simon Shibli, Head of
the Sport Industry Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University,
launch the new report.
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