THE RYDER CUP EUROPEAN DEVELOPMENT TRUST CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF SUPPORT TO OVER 35 PROJECTS IN 29 COUNTRIES
The 2016 Ryder Cup matches mark a milestone in the
history of the Ryder Cup European Development Trust (RCEDT), as it
is 10 years since the Trust began supporting grass roots golf
projects across Europe.
Over 35 projects in 29 European countries have been supported
helping thousands of people of all ages get into the sport and
continue to participate and enjoy their golf.
The RCEDT uses its share of the nett profits from European Ryder
Cup Matches to contribute to golf projects across the continent,
reflecting the vastly international reach of the event and
providing the opportunity to give back to the sport.
To Find Out More About the Projects That Have Received RCEDT
Support Visit http://rctru.st/10YearsOfTrust
The Trust itself was formed in 2004 when a new Ryder Cup Europe
agreement was drawn up to include the PGAs of Europe alongside the
PGA of Great Britain & Ireland and the European Tour. But
it was only after the home matches in 2006 at The K Club in Ireland
that the Trust was able to begin distributing funds to a variety of
projects across the continent.
Over 35 Projects have been awarded RCEDT funding ranging from
individuals all the way up to governing bodies, with a focus on
education and development at the heart of initiatives.
The PGA of Bulgaria received support for 10
Bulgarian nationals to complete their Initial Professional
Education (IPE), creating homegrown, educated coaches.
The Bulgarian Golf Association then also
received support helping to implement golf coaching in schools and
introducing juniors to the sport through summer camps and
competitions across the country, utilising the PGA of
Bulgaria's Professionals as a development workforce.
"At an early stage of Bulgaria's golf development, the
RCEDT funding give us credibility as an emerging nation," says
General Secretary of the Bulgarian Golf
Association, Seth Underwood.
"Also at that time the financial assistance was key to
supporting the setting up of the programme, providing equipment
& transport, and was the driver to get us to where we are
Following the successful staging of the 2010 Ryder Cup in Wales,
Golf Development Wales received ongoing support
that helped to introduce 160,000 children and beginners to golf,
provide regular coaching to 31,000 people and allow over 250 club
volunteers, PGA Professionals and secretaries to attend workshops
or receive mentoring.
"The RCEDT assistance allowed Golf Development
Wales to operate and achieve the employment of community
co-ordinators," explains Director of Golf Development at the
Golf Development Wales, Hannah McAllister.
"Without the funding the PGA ambassador and community co-ordinator
projects may not have happened."
Many other projects have received support such as the
PGAs of Europe's education programme, enabling the
continued education and development of golf and individual PGAs;
the Robert Kalkman Foundation, helping to support
children with cancer and/or a physical limitation; the
Italian Golf Federation's opening of the first
public golf training course in Italy giving access to the public
for little to no cost.
Various PGAs and Federations have been helped with the training
of PGA Professionals and volunteers to develop themselves and the
sport; the European Tour and Portuguese
Golf Federation for their respective roadshow-based
coaching activities at various venues, and the Paul Lawrie
Foundation in their work in bringing juniors into the
sport and supporting them through their golfing careers.
"Over the past 10 years the Trust has played a hugely
important role in developing golf in Europe," said RCEDT Chairman,
"The Ryder Cup is known around the world for being a melting pot
of European excellence so it is important that we shine a light on
the developmental side of the Matches as well and how the
professional game gives back all around the continent. The RCEDT's
support comes not only out of high performance but also from
everyone who has supported the Matches on European soil over a
"We look forward to being able to support the development of our
sport over the next 10 years and beyond."
For more information about the Ryder Cup European Development
Trust, the projects it has supported and how projects can apply for
@RyderCupTrust on Twitter, or like the
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