ON COURSE FOUNDATION MEMBERS
How You Can Help
The National Golf Club Challenge aims to bring together hundreds of golf clubs, and thousands of golfers in 2016 to fundraise for On Course Foundation - and you can help!
The 2016 National Golf Club Challenge (find out more here) provides On Course Foundation Members with a unique opportunity to support the national fundraising initiative, at the same time as learning new work/ life skills, making new friendships as well as building a professional network.
However, please keep in mind that it is NOT mandatory to get involved. The level of your participation is completely down to you. The following information outlines the various levels of support you can offer, including some frequently asked questions.
Level 1 - Posting Out NGCC Invitations
WHAT: This entails sending NGCC invitations by post to 10 (or more) golf clubs near you.
HOW: The invitations will be supplied, you will be required to provide the envelopes and postage. You will need to coordinate what golf clubs you will send invitations to with Matt at NGCC to prevent duplication.
WHEN: Any time up to May 2016. However, the sooner the better so golf clubs can plan their calendar well in advance.
WHY: The more golf clubs that take part in the NGCC, more funds are raised for On Course Foundation.
Level 2 - Personally Deliver NGCC Invites
WHAT: This includes visiting up to 10 golf clubs in your area to personally invite them to take part in the 2016 NGCC, in support of On Course Foundation.
HOW: Visit the golf club and speak to the General Manager or Club Secretary (if possible) to invite them to support On Course Foundation by taking part in the 2016 NGCC. Promotional materials will be supplied for you to take with you. You will need to coordinate what club(s) you intend to visit with Matt at NGCC.
WHEN: The best time to visit will be January to February (quiet season), the sooner the better is advisable so golf clubs can plan their calendar well in advance.
WHY: Delivering NGCC invitations by hand will be more effective than sending them by post - and may provide an opportunity to meet the people who run your local golf club(s).
Level 3 - Extend Invitation to Club GM
WHAT: This entails visiting with a golf club's General Manager (GM) to personally invite their golf club to take part in the 2016 NGCC, in support of On Course Foundation.
HOW: Contact the golf club(s) to seek an appointment with the General Manager or Club Secretary. At the meeting, introduce them to OCF, what it does and how it has helped you - then invite them to support the charity by taking part in the 2016 NGCC. Script suggestions and promotional materials will be supplied for you to take with you. You will need to coordinate what club(s) you intend to visit with Matt at NGCC.
WHEN: The best time to visit will be January to February, the sooner the better is advisable so golf clubs can plan their calendar well in advance.
WHY: Meeting with the golf club's General Manager will provide an opportunity to increase the profile of On Course Foundation and significantly increase the likelihood of participation in the 2016 NGCC. Additionally, you will extend your professional network.
Level 4 - Invitation & Assistance
WHAT: This includes meeting with the GM as outlined in point 3, plus offering your assistance to assist the golf club with their fundraising - this could be extended to offering to assist the event organiser to run their NGCC golf event.
HOW: Your role as an assistant to the golf club's NGCC event organiser will be to attend any relevant planning meetings (if required), volunteer for any fundraising initiatives you feel you could carry out. It may also be helpful to attend the club's NGCC event as part of the organising team.
You will need to coordinate with Matt at NGCC what club(s) you will be working with. Guidance and any promotional materials will be supplied.
WHEN: This role will start from the first visit (ideally in January) and continue through to the club's event in May, June or July 2016. Your participation will be very much on your terms as far as time commitments and level of activity.
WHY: As well as increase awareness of On Course Foundation and participation in the NGCC, you will join a new network of professional people/ friends - some of whom will be employers and managers - and will have both golf and supporting On Course Foundation in common with you. Additionally, you will learn event planning skills as you actively take part in the fundraising and event organisation.
Level 5 - Event Organiser
WHAT: The Event Organiser role includes meeting with the GM as outlined in point 3, plus offering/ suggesting you organise the golf club's NGCC charity golf event for them. This includes organising everything from initial promotion of the event, to encouraging participation, securing sponsors, organising fundraising activities, running the event and more.
HOW: This is the highest level of participation and will require a significant time commitment. Your role as the golf club's NGCC event organiser will mean running planning meetings, organising volunteers for fundraising initiatives and coordinating the running of the event.
You will need to coordinate with Matt at NGCC what club(s) you will be working with. Guidance, templates, checklists, promotional materials and any else that you need will be supplied (within reason) - you will have as much support as you need from the NGCC organisers as you fulfil this committed role.
WHEN: As the event organiser, you will be required to commit your own time to make calls, visits, attend meetings and more throughout the period right from when the golf club agrees to participate up to day of the event itself In May, June or July 2016), as well as completing returns, collecting pledged funds and reporting results.
WHY: Your work as an event organiser can significantly increase the fundraising potential for On Course Foundation in your area. Additionally, you will gain some invaluable experience as an event organiser, as well as build new friendships with the golf club members, many of whom are business owners, managers and sales and marketing professionals.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who do I report to?
Depending on your involvement you will report to either Matt Leighton (NGCC) or Mark Schorah.
Is this a paid role?
These opportunities are event management work experience opportunities and will supplement the experience you are gaining as part of this role. No pay will be offered but the top four Member who raises the most money at their respective clubs will be given the opportunity to play at Trump Turnberry in the National Golf Club Challenge Final.
What materials am I provided?
OCF and NGCC will give you a sales kit complete with everything you’ll need to provide clubs with. Some clubs will require more than others; it’s all dependant on the size of the fundraising day they want to put on.
My club is already signed up, can I still get involved?
Yes, you can get involved at any level you wish, from simply playing in the day and speaking on behalf of the On Course Foundation right up to managing the event under NGCC’s guidance in a work experience role.
Can I invite other members to participate in the day?
Yes, as long as the Golf Club contact allows this – the more members playing the better.
What’s the best way to approach local clubs?
It’s always best to contact clubs that you have a connection with via a family member, friends, colleague etc. Cold calling and visiting clubs is difficult and not recommended.
What should I expect when I meet with a club for the first time?
Be sure to wear your OCF clothing, take literature with you and talk about your own experiences with the Charity.