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Rasmus Højgaard and Jorge Campillo took part in this successful initiative, a traditional feature in the build up to the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters

Kids lead clean-up at Sotogrande beach

Beach clean-up volunteers with Rasmus Højgaard and Jorge Campillo. © Rafa Cabrera
Beach clean-up volunteers with Rasmus Højgaard and Jorge Campillo. © Rafa Cabrera

For the third year running, the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters has shown its commitment to the community that hosts the event by staging a beach cleaning morning on Tuesday 17th with the support of the San Roque Town Hall and the invaluable cooperation of two DP World Tour stars, Dane Rasmus Højgaard and Spaniard Jorge Campillo. Students and teachers of the Sotogrande International School led the way.

On Tuesday of the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters tournament week, 90 pupils and 7 teachers from the Sotogrande International School launched a waste collection morning at Sotogrande beach as part of the DP World Tour Green Drive programme, within the DP World Tour’s Green for Golf initiative. Since its inception with a view to promote social and environmental responsibility and to generate a positive impact on every tournament on the tour schedule, this programme has become a benchmark in the world of sport as it keeps generating effective and successful initiatives.

The DP World Tour has signed up to the United Nations Sports for Climate Action, pledging to reduce carbon emissions by 50 per cent by 2030 and to be net zero carbon by 2040.

At the third edition of this activity, two 2023 DP World Tour winners, Rasmus Højgaard and Jorge Campillo acted as role models for the many volunteers who joined forces, especially for golf fans. Both participants in this week’s Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters set an inspiring example of hard work and environmental commitment.

Once again this year, the students of the International School showed that the future of the environment is in good hands by working enthusiastically alongside the pros. Several local representatives, who also took part in the clean-up, welcomed the initiative and applauded the involvement of the youngsters.

Rasmus Højgaard took the opportunity to speak up in defence of the environment and to call for common sense and responsibility in caring for the planet. “This is a great initiative. I love to see so many children helping to clean up the beach. Personally, I try to always leave the places where I go clean, that’s how I was brought up. When I was at school we also went to clean the beach one day and it was great fun,” said the Dane.

In turn, Jorge Campillo stressed the importance of every effort, however small, to care for the environment. “We must all do our best to improve our environment, and it’s important to make kids aware that keeping beaches clean is good for everyone. I believe that Spain is doing a good job in keeping beaches clean, but the more we all do our bit, the better.”

As in previous editions, the volunteers were rewarded for their efforts and commitment with gifts offered by the organisation of the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters to be held from 19 to 22 October at Real Club de Golf Sotogrande featuring a world-class line-up headed by Americans Wyndham Clark and Matt Kuchar, New Zealander Ryan Fox, Italian Francesco Molinari, Scot Robert McIntyre, Pole Adrian Meronk, as well as Spanish defending champion Adrián Otaegui.

To enjoy the event you only need to  purchase tickets for the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters, with special prices for federated golfers and free for children under 13, on the event website.

The Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters, an event in the DP World Tour’s Race to Dubai made possible by the essential contribution of the Real Club de Golf Sotogrande, is sponsored by Estrella Damm and the Consejería de Turismo, Cultura y Deporte de la Junta de Andalucía, jointly funded by the EU and was declared Event of Exceptional Public Interest by the Government of Spain.