KITES CLUB GOLF FUN DAY AT HORTON PARK GOLF CLUB – 10 JULY 2019

It is the third year we have enjoyed a great day of golfing activities at Horton Park Golf Club with the Kites Club who are supported by The Sunnybank Trust.  Prizes were awarded for the Nearest the Pin Putt; Longest shot and Chipping Net Challenge. This is what some participants had to say : Alex – “A nice variety of games”. Julie W – “You all helped us to play hard”. Sebastian – “I have tried my hardest, but I have enjoyed it”. Lesley (Choices Manager) – “It is nice to see the guys being able to achieve something at some level”....

Grants from The Misses Barrie Charitable Trust and BOOST

A massive thank you to The Misses Barrie Charitable Trust and BOOST (Building On Overlooked Sporting Talent) for their recent grant awards. These will help facilitate regular golf skills throughout the year for some care homes and day centres that are part of our 60+ Active Communities Project. Through our innovative “no-frills” format age & physical mobility do not prevent participants from taking part. We have players with dementia, limited mobility and in wheelchairs – the average age being 84.5 years old (oldest 102!). The elderly in day centres/care are not usually engaged in stimulating activities and through golf we have inspired participants to try other activities like laughing yoga and armchair aerobics. Our aim is to keep as many people active in the centres as possible, with some healthy competition too. Feedback shows the value of the activity sessions: “It’s been great to see our clients enjoying the golf sessions, they look forward to them every week” (Staff member at Barnfield Care Home). “Community Golf is really enlivening our social group, it gives them more physical energy and there’s always a lovely upbeat mood.” (Staff member at Elmwood...

The Wisley Foundation support 60+ Active Communities project 2019

It’s always great to give a personal point of view, so as the main activator for this project in West Surrey, I wanted to share the impact I see every day that our golf sessions are having on our 60+ participants throughout our various sites. The Wisley Foundation granted us funding in 2018 which enabled us to run our sessions across 8 sites within Surrey. Across the year we ran over 200 sessions, delivered 3 events, engaging 180 participants including many with dementia (68% aged 75-89 and 15% aged over 90) who competed in our weekly 1-hour golf sessions. 65% of our participants were female and amazingly, 73% had never played golf before! I’m delighted that this year they’ve chosen to support 6 of our 60+ sites within our Active Communities project throughout 2019. Despite a remarkable improvement in their putting and chipping skills, the most amazing part of witnessing the sessions is the overall mood and clear enjoyment of the participants, whether they are seasoned golf pros or only recently picked up a club for the first time. The sessions are competitive, with banter, laughter, tea and coffee flowing throughout the hour and beyond. Participants are often sat chatting while I am setting up the equipment, commenting on the game for the week, telling stories about their youth and family and sharing their top TV pics, which is great to see considering they have only really known each other for a year or so. It was great to meet Julian (Chair of Wisley Foundation) again at the Wisley Golf Club recently and sit down with him over a...

Community Golf is The Social Golfer’s chosen charity for 2019

This year, Community Golf have been chosen as the charity that will benefit from The Social Golfer’s annual Open Championship in July. In order to give a true flavour of our sessions, we invited Ian and Brigitte from The Social Golfer (TSG) down to one of our popular Friday morning sessions at The Grange, Leatherhead. Not only are the Grange a really fun bunch, they were also the winners of our Autumn 2018 league and also boast having the individual Autumn league top scorer within their ranks, so Ian and Brigitte were definitely going to be put through their paces! We showed them a variety of our games, equipment and ways that we aim to make golf accessible to all. As usual, we set up our three games (pictured below) to challenge our regular participants and our new TSG friends including ‘Climb the Ladder’, our points game for the week; ‘Pitch It’ (our points game for the next week) and a randomly selected third game which this week was ‘Horseshoe Putt’. ‘Climb the Ladder’ involves laying an agility ladder flat on the floor, with the aim to putt the ball into the last section of the ladder so it stays in there for maximum points. We use larger than usual golf balls to aid with accessibility and sight for our participants. ‘Pitch It’ is always a firm favourite with the participants and involves trying to chip the balls into our ‘green’, consisting of large green paddling pool complete with flag. Finally ‘Horseshoe Putt’ involves trying to putt a golf ball into one of five coloured horseshoe shaped rings, with...