The R&A Women in Golf Charter

The charter is a ​commitment to a more inclusive culture within golf.

East Bierley Golf Club call on everyone involved in golf to play their part in developing a culture that values women’s involvement in every aspect of the sport, from participating to pursuing a career.

Our aim is to increase the number of women and girls playing and working in golf. To achieve this goal and to enable women to flourish throughout golf, we recognise the need for a fundamental shift in culture.


View the East Bierley Golf Club's Women in Golf Charter.


There is a clear ethical need for change and the potential economic benefits of growing the sport through more women and girls playing are substantial.


The R&A commits to playing a leading role in this process and to working with affiliates, partners and the wider golf industry towards achieving this goal.

In signing this Charter, we EBGC commit to making tangible efforts to develop a welcoming and inspiring environment for women. We will do more to attract women into golf, to remain, and to have rewarding careers. The Charter:

  • Is a statement of intent from the golf industry and EBGC, to unite and to focus gender balance at all levels

  • Commits us all to supporting measures to increase the number of women, girls and families playing golf

  • Calls for positive action to encourage women to pursue careers in all areas of the sport

  • Recognises the need for change that creates an inclusive environment within golf and our golf club


Signatories commit to activate this Charter by:

  • Developing and implementing an internal strategy for enhancing gender balance at every level

  • Establishing senior management responsibility and accountability for gender balance and inclusion, which is discussed and reviewed at committee/board level with EBGC

  • Strongly advocating more women and girls playing and working in golf.

  • Working with key stakeholders to develop and embed a more inclusive culture.

  • Promoting the Charter and our goal of encouraging more women and girls to play golf and work in golf.


How we at EBGC plan to achieve this:

  1. Deliver two initiatives annually targeting women/girls and families that are aligned with key England Golf campaigns

  2. Promote a membership pathway, for women/girls and families to progress within the club

  3. Have designated Champions/Mentors within the club who can assist and support new participants and members

  4. Review competition rules to make playing ‘handicap qualifying golf’ less restrictive

  5. To achieve and maintain two female representatives on our Council by actively promoting these positions linked to appropriate role descriptors that are not gender specific.

  6. To become a SafeGolf accredited club and ensure policies and procedures remain up to date

  7. Appoint a designated Charter Champion within the club who can assist with the promotion and reporting of the charter