“Regular physical activity in later life is important for so many reasons – not only will your health improve, but you’ll also meet new people.” (https://www.ageuk.org.uk/services/in-your-area/exercise/)
It’s been frequently reported, that older adults who participate in any amount of physical activity can obtain some physical and mental health benefits. As we age we become less active and our team at Community Golf appreciate that becoming active and sustaining the habit can often be challenging. Community Golf’s low impact programmes consist of putting and chipping skills and are designed to remove all barriers and be fully inclusive regardless of ability. Our primary objectives are to promote physical activity and people’s sense of physical and mental wellbeing. Our mantra is that Age is just a number and what really counts is attitude.
Situated in the heart of busy Addlestone town, Surrey, the Eileen Tozer Centre is a warm and welcoming environment for all older local residents to meet, sit back, chat, have lunch and take part in a wide range of activities. At our session on a Tuesday afternoon, we have two couples who are regulars to our 60+ golf. A project made possible by the generous support of The Wisley Foundation.
Wendy and Bryan are probably the most competitive of the two couples, as they are always trying to get one over on each other! Wendy, who relies on a walking frame, says “it’s great that Bryan and I can play together! I can hold onto to him if I need assistance or play one-handed with my frame. All the games are great fun and even better when I get a better score than my husband!”
Bryan was our Eileen Tozer league winner in the 2017 Autumn term and with Wendy currently in second place (ahead of Bryan) in our current Summer league, it’s all to play for with household bragging rights at stake!
John and Betty are somewhat less competitive, but fully embrace all the activities throughout the session. John is always willing with his advice to Betty which is frequently “hit it harder Betty” immediately followed by “hit it softer Betty.”
Older people experience many different barriers to physical activity, often related to motivational factors and it is fantastic to see the effect that our programme has on Wendy & Bryan and John & Betty.
For more information about our 60+ sessions, or how you and your loved ones can get involved in our inclusive golf sessions, head over to our website: www.communitygolf.co.uk or feel free to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org