ACIP endorses flu shots for 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds

first_imgFeb 23, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A federal advisory committee recommended yesterday that children aged 2 through 4 and their household contacts and caregivers get annual influenza shots, a move that increases the number of people included in official flu-immunization recommendations by more than 16 million.Since 2004 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended flu shots for children aged 6 to 23 months. Yesterday the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to recommend expanding this recommendation to include ages 24 through 59 months (2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds), the CDC announced. ACIP recommendations are routinely adopted by the CDC.The expanded recommendation will cover about 5.3 million children and 11.4 million household contacts and caregivers, the CDC said in a news release.”This new recommendation takes into consideration a broader view of the burden of illness than the earlier recommendation for vaccination of children, which was based upon the prevention of hospitalization among children 6 months to 23 months old,” the CDC said in a news release today.Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC’s National Immunization Program, commented in the release, “Vaccination of children 24 to 59 months old will likely reduce the risk of influenza-related complications for all children in this age group, not just those identified as those with the highest risk of complications from influenza.”CDC officials at a flu vaccine conference in Atlanta last month had said they expected a decision this year on recommending flu shots for 2- to 6-year-olds. But a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution described the ACIP vote as a “surprise move” that followed a little more than an hour of debate. The panel had planned to vote on whether to “encourage” flu shots for 2- to 5-year-olds, a move that would have no regulatory impact, the story said.The ACIP heard reports that children 24 to 59 months old with flu are nearly as likely to visit physicians and emergency rooms as children 6 to 23 months old, the CDC said. The committee was told that “rates of medical outpatient visits for influenza-related illnesses are high in all childhood ages.”The Journal-Constitution said the panel was told about unpublished research showing that 1 of every 1,000 children under age 5 is hospitalized for flu each year and another 60 to 164 per 1,000 visit an emergency department or clinic.The ACIP also seemed to be moved by emotional testimony from Families Fighting Flu, a group of young parents of children who died of the illness, the newspaper reported.The recommendation will become the standard of practice for physicians caring for young children and will signal insurance programs to pay for the vaccinations, the story noted.The ACIP continues to “strongly” recommend vaccination of children who have chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, kidney disease, or weakened immunity, the CDC said.The panel will continue to consider new flu vaccination strategies, “including the possibility of expanding routine influenza vaccination recommendations to the entire US population,” the agency said.The CDC said manufacturers have indicated that they plan to produce between 100 million and 120 million doses of flu vaccine for the 2006-07 season.Besides 6- to 23-month-old children, people for whom the CDC already recommends flu immunization because of an increase risk of flu complication include those aged 50 and older, those with certain chronic medical conditions, nursing home residents, children and adolescents on long-term aspirin therapy, and pregnant women. Immunization is also advised for healthcare workers and household contacts and caregivers of people at increased risk for flu complications.See also:Feb 23 CDC news releasehttp://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/r060223.htmCDC flu vaccination recommendations for current season (2005-06)http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5408a1.htmlast_img read more

How to keep the world working during the H1N1 pandemic: Key takeaway messages from CIDRAP’s 3rd national summit

first_img(CIDRAP Business Source Osterholm Briefing) – We face real uncertainty about the future of the H1N1 pandemic. No one knows today if the virus will mutate or reassort into a more effective killer or cause milder illness over the next 4 to 6 months. Even if the genetic makeup of the virus remains unchanged, the days ahead will not be easy. Globally, there will substantial increases in illness and even deaths among people younger than 60 years old, and that includes your workforce, as well as others you rely on to conduct business.What’s more, we know that healthcare systems around the world will face unprecedented challenges, particularly in providing intensive care. For some of the world, the H1N1 vaccine will have a positive impact. But the billion-dollar question is this: Will the vaccine be too little, too late for this new wave of illness in Northern Hemisphere countries like the United States?I may not have answers to questions about what the virus will do or the ultimate impact of the H1N1 vaccine. But I have discovered in no uncertain terms something quite remarkable after spending 2 days last week at CIDRAP’s third national summit. Given half a chance to learn from each other, planners from public and private sectors will not be deterred from finding effective and timely ways to respond to the current pandemic. And that’s good for business.The candor, collegiality, and quality of information exchange between some 250 participants and presenters from organizations of all sizes and ilk exceeded my expectations. I invite you to check out the wealth of summit resources now available on the CIDRAP Source Web site from Keeping the World Working During the H1N1 Pandemic: Protecting Employee Health, Critical Operations, and Customer Relations, which was held in Minneapolis Sep 22 and 23. You’ll find dozens of PowerPoint slides, handouts, tips, and tools to help you enhance and benchmark your efforts today.Meanwhile, let me address five key takeaway messages that emerged during the summit about the realities we face right now.1. As goes healthcare, so go our communitiesIf you want a bellwether of the impact of the H1N1 pandemic, look no further than our vulnerable healthcare systems. We are fortunate that to date the vast majority of people who become ill with H1N1 pandemic influenza recover just fine. But certain groups of people get very, very sick, so sick that the care they need is already pushing the limits of our intensive care capacity.It won’t take much to push this system to a breaking point. The tipping point will occur if we start losing patients who could have lived if they could have accessed our highest-tech medical care, including respiratory equipment that is in limited supply. And if that happens, we can expect 24/7 media coverage and a community response much different than what we’re seeing now. While I don’t believe we will fall into community chaos, I do think it’s likely that we’ll see fears about being in public places and becoming infected drive up absenteeism.2. Can you make it possible for sick workers to stay home?It sounds like a paradox, but keeping some workers from coming to work may be your best tactic for holding down overall absenteeism. Most employees who get H1N1 illness will get better in several days. And if it’s possible for them to stay home when they’re sick without being penalized, they’re less likely to infect other employees. Once they have been free of fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications (such as aspirin or acetaminophen) they can come back to work.Some summit participants said their organizations consider making extra sick days available a far better option than dealing with the headaches and costs of worker safety complaints and other legal or administrative issues. Also, it’s clear that expecting workers to document their illness is not reasonable. Now is the time to suspend (at least temporarily) policies that require employees to bring a physician’s note either to document the illness or prove they can come back to work. Such notes will be hard to come by in a seriously stretched healthcare system. And you’re likely to keep employees away from work much longer than necessary.3. A clarion call for flexibility, communicationYou don’t like it, and neither do your employees, but the fact remains that we cannot predict how this pandemic will continue to unfold. Uncertainty is simply a given right now. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that organizations plan for two contingencies: (1) the severity of the pandemic remains at a level like what we saw when it began in the spring and (2) the severity worsens, absenteeism rises, critical supply chains break down, and business continuity is threatened. Are you prepared to scale up your response? Are your employees? In scenario two, the CDC says it is prepared to call for travel restrictions and measures that limit close contact.Strong communication efforts take center stage as key to dealing with uncertainty. Keeping in close contact with local public health authorities will help your organization stay informed about any changes in pandemic severity, availability and access to vaccine and antivirals, and emergency actions (such as school closures) that affect your ability to operate. A recent poll pointed out the dismal numbers of employees who even know their organization has a plan. Presenters and participants emphasized the importance of “throwing information at fear,” making plans transparent, and communicating to families as well as employees. They also stressed using different formats (not just relying on Web sites) and accommodating cultural differences and multiple languages.4. When it comes to supply chains, ‘the government trumps all’Outsourcing may be an asset during nonpandemic times, but right now it clearly is a liability. International government actions, including border closings, that are completely out of your control could put parts if not all of your supply chains (and thus your operations) in jeopardy. Fortunately, the US government says it will not close borders, but other countries might, particularly in Asia. Will workers who make parts that your enterprise depends on have access to government-acquired vaccine in India or China? And what if absenteeism rises and government actions cause manufacture of items you need to be delayed or shut down? Unfortunately, your plans need to account for these possibilities.5. Uncertainties about vaccines and antiviral drugsIt’s one thing to make a vaccine that provides protection; it’s another to actually get the vaccine into the people who need it. It’s also been quite some time since our federal or state governments rolled out a massive campaign to vaccinate adults. Already, access to seasonal influenza vaccine is problematic. Expecting that (a) distribution of vaccine will go smoothly and (b) people will actually line up for it is questionable at best, folly at worst. And at this time there seems to be no coordinated national strategy to more effectively get antiviral drugs into the hands of persons at high risk for serious illness should they become infected (eg, pregnant women, obese persons, and people who have asthma).Bottom line for organizationsWe’re in the midst of a pandemic, and we have no idea what will happen next. We don’t even know what we don’t know yet. Still, many of us are learning through the execution of plans that we’ve worked hard to develop. Many excellent tools and resources have been developed, and it isn’t necessary to reinvent them if we share them.The good news is that the 2009 CIDRAP summit made possible valuable sharing, and the CIDRAP Business Source has captured and made these resources available to you. I encourage you to keep talking to and learning from each other. It’s the only way we can protect employee health, operations, and customer relations. And we’ll do our part to share with you what we learn and tools we develop or find that may help your response efforts. Stay tuned.last_img read more

City opening: Grosvenor obtains planning consent for ‘the gateway to the City’

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright names the club who cannot afford to miss out on Premier League top-four finish

first_img Comment Advertisement Cardiff 1-2 Chelsea: Press conference with Maurizio SarriTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:55FullscreenCardiff 1-2 Chelsea: Press conference with Maurizio Sarrihttps://metro.co.uk/video/cardiff-1-2-chelsea-press-conference-maurizio-sarri-1895850/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘The fans helped us to get third place. We work every day to be in third place, now we must stay in this position.‘I would like to score away from home too but if we win that’s all that is important. We are more confident, everybody knows what we have to do.’Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, said after the Liverpool defeat that he was still confident of Tottenham’s top-four prospects.‘We are all disappointed but at the same time we have to be happy with our second half performance,’ the Spurs boss, who was serving a touchline ban at Anfield, said.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘We were a little bit unlucky to concede the second goal when we should have been ahead because we dominated Liverpool, who are a very good team.‘No one wants to lose but it’s a different defeat than the ones we suffered against Southampton or Burnley. We cannot say it’s positive but now we start from zero and we can achieve what we want.‘I was telling the players in the changing room we have seven games and we are in top four and we need to compete.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It’s a mini league and, playing the way we played today, I think we can achieve the top four.’MORE: Bellerin mocks Tottenham as Arsenal leapfrog north London rivals with Newcastle win Arsenal legend Ian Wright (Picture: Getty)Ian Wright has named the club who cannot afford to miss out on a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.With six weeks left of the 2018-19 campaign, four teams – Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea – are battling it out for the last two Champions League places.Arsenal climbed to third in the table on Monday evening as they clinched a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United.The Gunners’ north London rivals Tottenham remain in fourth but are stuttering at a crucial part of the season, losing four of their last five games.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityRevitalised Manchester United are just one point below Spurs in fifth while Chelsea remain in the mix on 60 points.AdvertisementAdvertisementAll four teams will be desperate to finish in the top four but Arsenal hero Wright believes Tottenham will be affected the most if they miss out.‘Spurs,’ Wright said when asked the question. ‘With the new stadium and having not made the signings, being in the top four is a must.‘They can’t go into that new stadium without Champions League football. Tottenham are faltering in the Premier League under Mauricio Pochettino (Picture: Getty)‘If they don’t have money for signings and no Champions League football can they attract players of the right sort?’Arsenal took a huge step in securing a top-four finish as they beat Newcastle at the Emirates on Monday thanks to goals from Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette.Speaking after the win, Lacazette said: ‘It was a big game tonight, a tough game. The coach said we had to be patient and efficient in the box and we did that.‘It’s always like this against Newcastle. We are happy. I can feel the difference in the atmosphere from last season, now we can maybe go to the Champions League. Arsenal legend Ian Wright names the club who cannot afford to miss out on Premier League top-four finish Metro Sport ReporterMonday 1 Apr 2019 11:50 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link967Shares Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham: Press conference with Mauricio PochettinoTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 9:10FullscreenLiverpool 2-1 Tottenham: Press conference with Mauricio Pochettinohttps://metro.co.uk/video/liverpool-2-1-tottenham-press-conference-mauricio-pochettino-1895838/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. Advertisementlast_img read more

VOSH Eye Care Mission 2020 Begins on Monday in Marigot

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 84 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img LifestyleLocalNews VOSH Eye Care Mission 2020 Begins on Monday in Marigot by: – January 17, 2020 Share The VOSH Eye Care Mission of the Rotary Club begins on Monday, January 20th with a slight change to one clinic location.VOSH, Voluntary Optometric Services to Humanity, is an international voluntary organisation with various chapters based in the United States aimed at providing vision and quality eye health to people worldwide.The mission dates and clinics are as follows:On Monday, January 20th the mission will be at the Marigot SDA Church; on Tuesday, January 21st at the Castle Bruce Health Centre and not the Salybia Health Centre as previously announced.On Wednesday and Thursday January 22nd and 23rd, the mission will be at the Goodwill Parish Hall.Those wishing to attend the VOSH clinics are advised that a ticketing system has been put in place to ensure that operations run smoothly.Each patient must have been pre-screened at their respective health centers prior to the mission to receive a ticket and only persons that have been pre-screened and have the correct tickets will be allowed entry at the various clinics.A monetary contribution will be required from persons receiving glasses.The VOSH Michigan chapter headed by Dr. Daniel Wrubel has organised eye care missions to Dominica for the past 25 years, facilitated by the rotary Club of Dominica and the Ministry of Health. The VOSH 2020 mission will run from January 20th – 23rd, 2020.The annual VOSH Eye Care Mission in Dominica is a collaboration of the Rotary Club of Dominica, VOSH International and the Ministry of Health.last_img read more

Kozak strike enough for Villa

first_imgAston Villa survived conceding an early penalty and a first-half injury to Christian Benteke to give Paul Lambert a 1-0 win at Carrow Road. The home side remained on top as Snodgrass and Redmond enjoyed relative success down either flank, although Villa showed when they countered that they held their own attacking threat. Christian Beneteke’s goalbound effort was deflected behind by Michael Turner before captain Ron Vlaar’s acrobatic effort from a corner flew wide. The Belgium forward then required treatment after an awkward landing and, despite coming back on, he was again struggling. Whilst Benteke was grounded Norwich came close to opening the scoring as Van Wolfswinkel rifled a shot just inches wide of Guzan’s post. Kozak then replaced Benteke and needed just two minutes to put the visitors ahead. The summer signing from Lazio saw a close-range shot saved by Ruddy but was on hand to force home Gabriel Abgonlahor’s resulting cross. The England goalkeeper then had to punch away a ball across his goal by the lively Agbonlahor as the Norwich fans began to vent their frustrations at their side’s inability to hold on to possession. The Canaries’ problems worsened as captain Sebastien Bassong was forced off with what appeared to be a leg injury, with Ryan Bennett replacing him at centre-back. The second half did not start with the same vigour as the first and there was not really a note of chance until Weimann bent an effort wide of the post with 52 minutes on the clock. Gary Hooper was introduced for his Norwich debut, with the summer signing receiving a rousing reaction from the home crowd, who then turned on Hughton when Redmond was hauled off for Anthony Pilkington. Leroy Fer flashed a cross low in to the Villa box that just eluded the on-rushing van Wolfswinkel as Norwich still struggled to test Guzan and his defence on a regular basis. Neither side could get a stranglehold on possession and it was Villa who created the next chance as Clark headed Leandro Bacuna’s corner just wide of Ruddy’s post. Kozak came close to a second goal as Villa caught their hosts on the counter attack but his 77th minute strike was deflected behind by Turner. The home side continued to commit more and more players forward and it was Van Wolfswinkel who was next to see a goalbound effort turned behind for a corner. Guzan was again the hero for Villa as he acrobatically tipped over a Hooper shot in the closing stages after the former Celtic striker had failed to truly connect with Javier Garrido’s cross. Lambert’s side then saw it the five minutes of added time without much incident to secure their first points since their opening day win at Arsenal. Lambert has now won on all three of his returns to Norfolk and the Scot also saw his side keep their first clean sheet in the league since December 8. His replacement at Norwich was Chris Hughton, who had said before the game that he was looking for a reaction from his players following defeat at Tottenham last weekend but, other than a dominant spell in the first half, they did not put in the sort of performance that warranted three points. It was a very open first 15 minutes, starting when Andreas Weimann wriggled his way through inside the first 60 seconds but stabbed an effort straight at John Ruddy. The Austria international again found himself in plenty of space two minutes later, this time his curling effort beat Ruddy but came back off the post, with Benteke flagged offside as he looked to tuck away the rebound. But it was the home side who spurned the best opportunity of the frenetic opening stages when Snodgrass passed up the chance to open the scoring from the penalty spot. Nathan Redmond’s deep cross was headed back across goal in towards Ricky van Wolfswinkel and struck the arm of the recalled Ciaran Clark with referee Chris Foy immediately pointing to the spot. Snodgrass struck a hard penalty but Brad Guzan flew to his left to push the ball away and keep the game scoreless. Norwich again missed a fantastic chance on 12 minutes as Redmond pulled Snodgrass’ cross back in to the danger area but Van Wolfswinkel could only throw his chest out towards the ball and direct it behind for a goal-kick. Norwich winger Robert Snodgrass saw his sixth-minute spot-kick saved before the visitors lost Benteke to injury, with his replacement Libor Kosak scoring the only goal. It was a first Villa goal for towering Czech Republic forward Kosak and it gave Lambert another victory at the home of his former employers with whom he spilt so acrimoniously after guiding them to the Barclays Premier League from League One in two years. Press Associationlast_img read more

African sides learn route to Club World Cup final

first_imgFifa has made the draw for December’s Club World Cup in Japan.The winners of the African Champions League – TP Mazembe, Esperance, Sunshine Stars or Al Ahly – now know their route to glory.They will face the victors of a play-off between the winners of Japan’s football championship and New Zealand’s Auckland City on 9 December.And the winners of that match will face South American champions Corinthians for a place in the the final.In the other half of the draw, Mexican side Monterrey and the winners of the Asian Champions League will meet with a semi-final berth at stake.The victors will face English Premier League side and European Champions League winners Chelsea to decide who makes it to the final, which will be played on 16 December.Africa’s Champions League is at the semi-final stage, with Congolese side TP Mazembe up against Esperance of Tunisia and Nigeria’s Sunshine Stars going head-to-head with Al Ahly of Egypt.The two-legged ties will be played in October, with the first matches held between 5-7 October and the return games scheduled for 19-21 October.TP Mazembe are former finalists of the Club World Cup, reaching the showpiece match in 2010 when they were beaten by 3-0 Inter Milan (pictured)They remain the only African side to have made it that far in the tournament.However, Al Ahly have also enjoyed a degree of success, finishing third in 2006. Esperance, should they make it, will want to perform better than they did last year when they lost their quarter-final and the fifth-placed play-off to end up in last spot.Next year’s tournament will be held in Africa for the first time, with Morocco the hosts.last_img read more

Buffalo Sabres star Jack Eichel scores four goals, reminds hockey world how good he is

first_imgEichel completed his hat trick midway through the final period, this time unleashing from the left wing and finding the net behind Anderson’s right arm. Then came the impressive cherry on top: an empty netter from the red line that went bar down.The four goals on Saturday — a career-high single-game performance — gave Eichel his first multi-goal game since Oct. 22 and his first contest with three or more goals since Dec. 15, 2017. The North Chelmsford, Mass. native is now up to 12 goals and 23 points in 19 games this season. That all changed against the Ottawa Senators, as Eichel put the struggling Sabres on his back to carry them to their first win in November.2019 HHOF class: Carbonneau | Zubov | York | Brown | Wickenheiser | Hughson | RutherfordEichel scored all four Sabres goals on Saturday, leading Buffalo to a much-needed 4-2 victory on the road.Interestingly, all four markers came from wrist shots that snuck in underneath the crossbar. His first came less than 90 seconds into the second period as he wired a laser that zoomed over Senators goalie Craig Anderson’s left shoulder to open the scoring. His second was a near carbon copy, except the starting point was the slot rather than the right faceoff circle. Sometimes it’s easy to forget about Jack Eichel.The 23-year-old stars for the Buffalo Sabres, who started strong but have been struggling of late. As the story goes, both Eichel and the Sabres have been mired in an extended slump; the player has been limited to a single goal (two points) over five games headed into Saturday while his team had won just twice in the previous 10 contests.last_img read more

UI, ISU, UNI to continue online courses through spring semester, cancel graduations

first_imgDES MOINES — Students won’t be returning to Iowa City, Ames or Cedar Falls for the rest of the spring semester.The University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa have all announced plans to continue classes online for the rest of the spring semester.The schools had planned to continue online classes for two weeks after spring break ended — which would have brought the students back after April 3rd.But with the continued spread of the coronavirus — they are keeping classes online — and all three say they are canceling spring commencement.The announcement by the schools came after the chair of the Board of Regents, Mike Richards, declared a State of Emergency. Richards said in a statement that there are current circumstances that pose an imminent threat to the health and safety of persons or property at our institutions.last_img read more

Grant gets women and girls into golf

first_img7 May 2012 Grant gets women and girls into golf Over 4000 women and girls were encouraged to start and stay in golf last year, thanks to a special grant for county activities – that’s up by more than 1000 on the previous year. The Women and Girls’ Grant, funded by the former English Women’s Golf Association and distributed by the England Golf Partnership, supported activities by 30 County Golf Partnerships and two county associations. The money helped provide opportunities for women and girls to get into golf and to continue playing. Altogether, 4017 were involved during 2011 – that’s an increase of over 1000 on the previous 12 months. Of those, 67 per cent were girls, while 33 per cent were women. On average, 126 participants were involved in each county through this scheme. Nationally, over 500 people have either taken up club membership or are considering it, while over 1300 have attended further coaching sessions or are planning to. The County Golf Partnerships also provided activities for women and girls through their other programmes, meaning the range of opportunities for them has significantly improved. Commenting on the 2011 grant scheme, Richard Flint, England Golf Development Manager said: “Providing opportunities for women and girls is essential to help grow the game in England and, through the work of the CGPs, England Golf can provide a coordinated approach to delivering.” This scheme is continuing in 2012 with partnerships offering programmes to recruit and retain more women and girls as part of their overall focus on adult participation.last_img read more