Golf Saudi joins the European Disabled Golf Association

Golf Saudi has officially confirmed that it has joined the European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) with full member status.

As an organization, EDGA is considered globally the leading expert in golf for people with disabilities and will therefore seek to work with Golf Saudi to promote golf for all Saudi players with disabilities, regardless of ability.

In preparation for this week’s announcement at PIF Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers, the two parties have been working hard to develop a joint program that promotes golf to Saudi citizens with various disabilities. , with the aim of making the game fully included in the Kingdom.

Speaking at a press conference announcing Golf Saudi’s membership in EDGA, Majed Al Sorour, CEO and Vice President of Golf Saudi said, “I am pleased to confirm that Golf Saudi has become a member of EDGA, furthering our commitment to making golf accessible to everyone. As an organization, EDGA is considered globally the leading expert in golf for people with disabilities and therefore we will seek to work with them to promote golf for all in Saudi Arabia. I am delighted that we were able to welcome here at KAEC, Mark Taylor, EDGA Development Manager, who over the past week trained our Golf Saudi coaches to deliver bespoke training sessions.

A two-day training program was initially held in Riyadh with Golf Saudi’s mass participation coaches and other volunteers working in the Saudi space for people with disabilities. With another two days of training organized for other PGA qualified coaches, who are already based in the Kingdom.

Commenting on both the progress made by the Golf Saudi coaches under his tutelage and the tournament clinics held during the PIF Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers, Mark Taylor, Head of Development at the European Disabled Golf Associationnoted:

“My thanks must first and foremost go to Golf Saudi not only for undertaking this training and organizing these clinics, but also for registering here today as an official member of EDGA. This bold move demonstrates their courage to realize their vision, in terms of making golf an inclusive sport across the Kingdom.

He added, “Thank you also to the participants who took the time to join us, as well as to the Asian Tour team, without whom this clinic would not be possible.”

As one of the three pillars of the National Sustainable Development Strategy, the Social Agenda focuses on creating education, employment and leisure opportunities for all Saudis of all age groups. . Golf Saudi’s membership of EDGA will therefore be at the heart of this, creating an access program allowing people with disabilities access to the nearest golf courses, regardless of their origin in the Kingdom.

Amer Al Rumaih, a Saudi veteran was present at this week’s tournament as well as at the EDGA clinics. By joining the Social Agenda in early 2021, Al Rumaih was the first beneficiary of the Golf Saudi Access Program. Over the past twelve months, Al Rumaih has received free lessons and equipment to help him grow in the game and as a result has inspired others to follow his example.

Steven Troup, Director of Teaching and Education at Golf Saudi, said: “At Golf Saudi, we strongly believe that diversity and inclusion are the foundation of not only the success of our organization, but also that of the country. Therefore, we are proud to have not only developed a comprehensive social agenda for Saudi citizens, but also worked closely with EDGA to develop an access program that provides the same golf opportunities to citizens with disabilities.

Over the next 12 to 18 months, Golf Saudi will continue to work closely with EDGA, as well as golf clubs across the Kingdom, to ensure the new access program is accessible to everyone. With the expertise of EDGA, the assistance of Saudi golf clubs and the dedicated resources of Golf Saudi, this new program will provide opportunities for anyone who wishes to try the sport of golf.

Michael C. Ford