Improve your long game is Cancer Council NSW’s free sun protection program, targeting male golfers aged 40+ in NSW golf clubs. The program aims to improve sun protection behaviours of golfers by providing free sunscreen at the first and 10th tee and information and resources for reducing skin cancer risk.
Since it started seven years ago, Improve your long game has made a positive impact. Our research shows that male golfers 40+ at participating clubs are more likely to know the risk of skin cancer and use sun protection than men at non-participating clubs.
Join the growing team of golf professionals and managers across NSW who are actively promoting this life-saving sun protection program in clubs.Paul Gow, Pro Golfer and Cancer Council NSW Ambassador.
Reducing skin cancer risk in men
More men over 40 being diagnosed with melanoma compared to women
More men over 40 dying from melanoma compared to women
Skin cancers caused by UV radiation
Evidence shows men generally have poorer sun protection behaviours than women, particularly when playing golf.
Golfers are at higher risk of developing skin cancer due to factors such as:
- long periods spent outside in peak UV times
- limited shaded areas on golf courses
- many surfaces (grass, sand and water) reflecting UV radiation
- less emphasis on sun protection, compared to cricketers with their zinc, wrap-around sunnies and broad-brim hats.
Register your club
The program is free and easy to implement. To join, complete the online registration form.Register now
No, the program is free to all golf clubs in NSW.
We offer free resources to participating golf clubs, including:
- two metal sunscreen stands for the 1st and 10th tee (contact us if your club has 27 holes)
- up to six 1L pump packs of Work SPF 50 dry touch sunscreen for the metal sunscreen stands
- sun protection posters and brochures to display in the clubhouse and pro shop
- promotional videos and digital resources to show within the clubhouse and pro shop, and/or share via social media.
You can access digital materials or order resources on our Resources page.
Improve your long game, like sun protection is year-round, so once your program materials are received you can start displaying them immediately.
Resources are typically delivered to clubs within 10 business days. However, during high-volume periods, delivery may take up to four weeks.
You will receive a notification via email when your order is on its way to your club.
If your club requested stands and/or supporting printed materials (i.e. posters, flyers), these will be sent to your club direct from our supplier. If you don’t receive your order within the specified timeframe, please us via email@example.com or (02) 9334 1761 and we’ll follow it up.
Given the current COVID-19 situation in NSW, we strongly recommend that all clubs temporarily remove sunscreen bottles from the metal sunscreen stands to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Should you decide to still provide sunscreen to patrons, place it where golfers can wash/sanitise their hands before and after use and clean the pump regularly with disinfectant solution or wipes.
You can continue to promote sun protection by encouraging golfers to bring their own sunscreen to the course and to use other forms of sun protection.
For any questions or concerns, please contact the team on firstname.lastname@example.org or (02) 9334 1761.