The English Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) has become the latest sporting body to join Leamington law firm Blythe Liggins.
The firm, which represents a stable of sports stars and sporting organisations, will now handle the legal requirements of an association of more than 115,000 women and girl golfers.
EWGA chief executive Jim Robinson said: “We are based in Edgbaston, wanted to work with a local company and were impressed with the calibre of Blythe Liggins and their sporting and corporate clients.”
Blythe Liggins, which represents international rugby players, sports coaches, equestrian riders and sports organisations, will provide the association with advice on all aspects of law.
Senior partner David Lester said: “We’re delighted to be able to represent EWGA, the governing body for women’s amateur golf in England, which supports the sport right from the grass roots.
“I believe as a firm we have a lot to offer the sporting world, not least because we stand out by employing solicitors who have an active knowledge of sports. For example, partner Richard Moon, our head of employment law, is a former Cambridge rugby blue and England international scrum-half who played for the Barbarians.
“Jacqui Fulton, head of equine law, competes at the top level in dressage and is The Petplan 2009 Medium Open National Champion; and Ruth MacCarthy, still only 24, is one of Great Britain’s rising hopes for dressage in the 2012 Paralympics.”
The EWGA was set up in 2007 to replace a body that had been established for more than 50 years. It now boasts a membership of more than 121,000, with 1,790 affiliated ladies’ sections at golf clubs.
The organisation runs tournaments for golfers of all ages and abilities, campaigns to get women involved in the sport, and to promote the sport in general.
It also has a grant from Sport England to try to develop the top talent in ladies’ golf.