EDGA, which was formed in 2000, is an international not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to help people with impairment to play, succeed and enjoy golf. It advises organisations around the world, including 28 national golf federations, on tournaments, training and services to golfers with disability.
As a global organisation EDGA is uniquely positioned to promote the development of golf for people with physical, intellectual or sensory impairment, to positively influence public perception and to offer relevant advice to golf’s governing authorities.
The sponsorship of EDGA extends RSM's ambitious partnership strategy within golf and supports the firm's wider corporate and social responsibility programme. As part of the tie-up, RSM will support a number of EDGA events throughout the year ahead, kicking off with an event with EDGA in June.
The firm also plans to help EDGA with its ambitious plan to get 500,000 new players with a disability to try golf for the first time. It will also play a role in supporting EDGA's longer term goal of getting disability golf accepted as an official sport at the Paralympic Games.
Kirsty Sandwell, a corporate finance partner at RSM said: 'Having seen first-hand the positive impact that golf can have on the physical and psychological well-being of people with a disability, I am absolutely delighted that RSM has agreed to support EDGA's important work. We look forward to working closely with EDGA to widen participation among golfers with a disability and to raise the profile of the sport.'
Tony Bennett, the President of EDGA said: 'We are hugely grateful to RSM for their support. Golf is a unique sport and as such it brings special opportunities and benefits to those with a broad range of impairments. As well as helping us to raise the profile of the sport and getting many more people involved, this sponsorship will also support our ambition of building awareness of the health enhancing physical benefits of golf and separately developing the elite end of the sport.'