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Derbyshire's CSO

Sophie Jackson-Wylde has taken on a key role to support golf clubs to grow the game in Derbyshire and in Leicestershire & Rutland. 

Sophie is a new England Golf Club Support Officer and will be helping clubs to strengthen their business and to attract more players and members.

Before joining England Golf Sophie studied for a degree in Sports Management at Loughborough University where she played an active role on the squash club committee, working to increase participation in the sport. An interest in sports law led her to complete a Graduate Diploma in Law at Northumbria University. Sophie is particularly interested in equality in sport and her dissertation was based on the impact of legislation on clubs and players within the sport industry.

Outside work Sophie is an avid sportswoman, playing for her local hockey club and representing Leicestershire at squash. She also is an active beginner golfer with the aim of achieving a handicap by the end of the year.England Golf’s new strategy for 2017-21,

Growing the game of golf in England, focusses on the customer and the importance of providing them with the golfing experience they want, whether that’s competitive play, social opportunities or short format golf which fits into busy lifestyles.It also has the over-arching aim of encouraging more women and girls into golf. Currently only 15% of club members are women, but research shows that 640,000 women and girls are interested in taking up the sport.Among the initiatives Sophie will be promoting is the Get into golf campaign, which offers great value coaching opportunities to new and improving players, and Golf Express, which promotes shorter format golf.Gareth Shaw, England Golf’s Regional Manager, commented: “I am sure Sophie will be a tremendous asset to the counties and they will support the clubs to increase participation and club membership."

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For more information on Get into Golf visit and for information on Golf Express visit
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