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A satellite account for golf in the UK

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A satellite account for golf in the UK

How we measured the value of the UK golf industry for The R&A

In response to the Government’s strategy for sport, Sporting Future, sporting bodies were tasked with measuring the contribution of their sport to economic development. 

Applying our Satellite Account methodology to a specific sport for the first time, we helped The R&A to show: 

  • how much consumers spent on golf,
  • how much golf contributed in Gross Value Added, and 
  • how many people were employed in the golf industry.

The challenge

How do you value an industry that is not officially recognised in the National System of Accounts?

The method

Using the Satellite Account methodology we originally devised for DCMS to derive a value for the entire UK sport industry, we adapted it for the golf industry.

The impact

The R&A became the first governing body of sport to produce a sport-specific Satellite Account. The report was launched in the Houses of Parliament by the All-Party Parliamentary Golf Group and was subsequently the subject of an Adjournment Debate in the House of Commons.

You can download the final report from the R&A website.

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Publications

A Satellite Account for Golf in the UK, The R&A, March 2016

Research team

Simon Shibli

Professor Simon Shibli

Professor of Sport Management

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Themistocles Kokolakakis

Dr Themis Kokolakakis

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