Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve been working alongside The PGA, GCMA and other governing bodies in golf to provide advice and guidance to golf facilities and our members.
Our staff is on hand to help you find answers for your questions. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter and the BIGGA App, where we'll be sharing the latest updates for the industry.
We know the coming weeks will be uncertain and we want to give you all the help and support that we can. We'll be exploring ways to offer events and information remotely, We’ve also listed some resources on how to keep your team safe and well during these difficult times.
It's important at this time to remember that the health and wellbeing of yourself and your families must come first. But if you need us, BIGGA staff are able to offer all the same support and benefits that you have come to expect from the association. If you've got any concerns, just get in touch.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) News
If this situation arises, or indeed any other situation where you require some HR advice please do not hesitate to contact Xact if you are a BIGGA member
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
The R&A has been working with a range of bodies to develop guidance on how golf could be played in the UK when the government decides it is safe to begin lifting the current restrictions.
Proof of Sickness. As of 25 March 2020, if you have COVID-19 or are advised to stay at home, you can get an ‘isolation note’ by visiting NHS 111 online, rather than visiting a doctor. For COVID-19 cases this replaces the usual need to provide a ‘fit note’ (sometimes called a ‘sick note’) after seven days of sickness absence.
Coaching and Retail
The ongoing COVID-19 health crisis is having an impact on practically all businesses and BIGGA is no different. We would like to reassure our members that they will continue to have access to all the benefits and resources that come as part of membership of the association.
As an association we continue to work with the wider golf undustry and government to ensure greenkeeping is as safe as possible and our members' needs are fulfilled.
It is important to stick together during difficult times and we hope that BIGGA continues to provide a platform for our members to continue to communicate and share ideas, despite the social distancing restrictions that are so important as our society seeks to overcome the threat of COVID-19.
Here are some important contact details:
Full Members Personal Accident Helpline
0113 393 6300
Greenkeepers Legal Assistance
0808 181 9194
Lifestyle Counselling Helpline
0333 000 2082
Human Resources (HR) Helpline
0330 332 2636
Greenkeepers Benevolent Fund
General enquiries, firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership enquiries, email@example.com
Elaine Jones, administration manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
John Young, membership services manager – Scoland and Northern Ireland, email@example.com
Sandra Raper, membership services manager – Northern, firstname.lastname@example.org
Roger Butler, membership services manager – Central England, email@example.com
Tracey Walker, membership services manager – South West & South Wales, firstname.lastname@example.org
Members in the South East Section should email email@example.com
Learning and Development
L&D enquiries, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sami Strutt, head of learning & development, email@example.com
Deb Burnett, learning & development executive (BIGGA), firstname.lastname@example.org
Greenkeeper International and Communications
Karl Hansell, Greenkeeper International editor and BIGGA communications executive, email@example.com
Sales, marketing, BTME enquiries
Lauren Frazer, business development manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Hughes, digital executive, email@example.com
Greenkeepers Training Committee
Fiona Lyttle, learning & development executive (GTC), firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the link to the resouce hub held on the PGA website.
(Professional Golfers' Association)GI - COVID-19 Resource Hub