Social activities, bringing our members and our colleagues together, is at the core of the SJA’s activities throughout the year
The SJA endeavours to stage two Golf Days each year, usually on Mondays in the spring and the autumn, using quality golf courses in the London area.
These popular social events are open to all, not just SJA members, and we welcome all standards of players, even complete novices and, as you might expect from a journalists’ golf day, complete golfing hacks.
The emphasis of the event is an informal day out with colleagues and friends, old and new.
In 2016, our annual Autumn Golf Day will be staged for a 10th consecutive year at leafy Muswell Hill, one of suburban London’s finest and best tended courses.
Founded in 1893, Muswell Hill Golf Club is a par 71, 6,100-yard parkland course and a great test of golf. The tree-lined, undulating fairways and outstanding greens are a pleasure to play and the final stretch is probably one of the toughest finishes among golf courses in London.
The main competition among the members will be for the SJA’s Phil Sheldon Trophy, named in honour of the late golf photographer who was also a popular member of the north London club.
The cost per day per head includes an 18-hole round of golf (usually playing in three-ball groups), a two-course late lunch, trophies and prizes, and usually involves a subsidised rate for SJA members.
Socialising and networking
Contacts are key for any journalist, and the SJA tries to help foster good relations between our members and colleagues, together with press officers of the major sports federations, sponsors and event organisers.
These may take the form of sporting lunches, with key figures from international and domestic sport, international media receptions for visiting colleagues from overseas here in Britain for a major sporting event, as we did in 2012 for the London Olympics, for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and in 2015 for the Rugby World Cup.
The Sports Journalists’ Association also stages days when members can socialise at county cricket matches and racecourses. In May 2016, we will be staging a Race Day at York for the third year, sponsored by Ladbrokes, offering a full day’s corporate hospitality at the Knavesmire for one of the top meetings of the flat season to our members and their guests.
Or they might meet up at the occasional Sporting Question Time events which we stage, as we did in 2015 at the House of Commons with the Minister for Sport and her repsective shadows from the other major Westminster parties.
Or there’s with informal drinks staged especially for “young sports journalists” – though we allow those who wish to attend to determine how “young” they feel.
Many of the SJA’s events benefit from a subsidy or reduced rate available only to our members. For details of how to join the SJA, click here.