Discover Benelux | Golfing Glory | Introduction
The number of golfers is constantly increasing. Today, we count over 62,000 players in Belgium, including 25,000 in our clubs in Wallonia and Brussels. The Belgian French-speaking Golf Association (AFG) works in harmony with the clubs, golfers, future golfers and the relevant authorities to bring the sport to a higher level in the Walloon region and in our capital. For this purpose, the AFG has two main objectives. Firstly, improving the level of our sport. And secondly, increasing the number of players. Our primary mission is to help promising young golfers to reach the national and international level. We have developed a high-quality sports programme that prepares our young players on the mental, physical and technical aspects of our sport. They are therefore well prepared to integrate to the national team, managed by the Royal Belgian Golf Federation. Our federation also organises around 30 days of official competitions per year, rec-
reational or competitive, for men, ladies, juniors and seniors. We always try to emphasise the values of friendliness and respect for others. Golf is a sport for everyone, for us it is also key to increase the number of players. AFG is very active in terms of golf promotion. In addition to our annual â€˜Open Doorsâ€™ day, which takes place on 10 April this year, we are present at public events such as the National Day (21 July), Brussels car-free day (18 September) and others. Many free initiations are also organised by the clubs themselves throughout the year. Since 2014, the AFG has also been active in schools. Students of around 11-12 years old are invited to discover golf and learn the basics of our sport. Also, 2016 marks the return of golf to the Olympics. So our message is clear: do not wait to try the new Olympic sport for yourself if you have not already. www.afgolf.be Issue 28 | April 2016 | 13
Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.