The European Club Education Foundation, the education arm of Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE), has teamed up with The R&A to provide three bursaries for aspiring female golf club managers for the next three years.
These bursaries will fund a place on CMAE’s very successful MDP education programme. Starting with a place on MDP 1 it is hoped that each successful applicant will progress to obtain their Club Management Diploma (CMDip) as it is seen as the club industry’s benchmark management qualification.
The R&A, as part of its commitment to encouraging more women and girls into golf, has funded the three bursaries. Jackie Davidson, Assistant Director – Golf Development at The R&A, said: “We are delighted to supporting these bursaries for female club managers to continue to progress with their education via CMAE.
“The R&A is committed to growing women and girls’ golf through the Women in Golf Charter and personal development and ongoing education through the CMAE pathway is very important.”
Launched in May 2018 by The R&A, the Charter aims to increase women and girls’ participation and membership in golf, encourage more families to enjoy golf as a leisure activity and encourage more opportunities for women to work and volunteer in the golf industry.
Role models in club management are key to demonstrating the opportunity for women to see the profession as a career option within the golf industry.
Marc Newey, CCM CCE of ECEF, is also thrilled and said: “For ECEF and CMAE to work with The R&A in such an important mission – providing more opportunities for women in club management – is wonderful. I am sure we will have lots of applicants.”
To apply for a bursary, email Debbie Goddard at CMAE and ask for for an application form. Completed applications need to be received by June 30, 2021.