West Surrey Activator Gilly’s review on 60+ Autumn League

With the new year upon it, it’s always a great time to look back on the past year. Within this blog, I will be reflecting on the 60+ sites that we have ran from September to December. We had six continuing 60+ sites and one new 60+ site competing across 10-weeks of fun, accessible, golf chipping and putting skills games. We have three main aims for our 60+ sessions: to help the older generation to lead a healthy and active lifestyle; to give social opportunities to our clients and finally to improve the opportunities for them to learn a new skill – golf! Throughout the 10 weeks, the improvement in golf skills has only been second to the banter and laughter of the participants, who are a mixture of able-bodied participants, participants with dementia and participants with physical disabilities yet all manage to have a laugh and a joke while scoring some good points to go together within the league. Within the sessions, we have a league game (the game they will score on) and a practice game (which is the game that they will be scoring on next week). From my perspective, there have been so many positives from the last three months, it’s hard to pick out only a few! I think the main highlight has to be the Eileen Tozer Centre, who were leading the overall standings with an amazing 2897 points, until they were just pipped to the post by The Grange (a specialist centre for young adults with learning difficulties). A second highlight is 84-year-old Maria from the Orchard Dementia Centre. Maria was exceptional...

2018 Participation Review

An enormous thank you to all of our funders for their continued support and everyone who came and played with us we couldn’t have done it without you. We look forward to playing more golf in 2019.  ...

Improving activity for young people with SEN

The power of sport and physical activity to generate positive changes has long been acknowledged.  During the Autumn term 2018 we’ve being working with some wonderful young golfers at Marjorie McClure School in Chislehurst, Kent with our work supported by the great generosity of Beckenham Rotary....

Active August

Remember the long hot summer of 2018?  In the glorious month that was August, we delivered a range of sessions in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.  Our sessions were designed to include a combination of introductory golf skills games with basic coaching through to a 6-hole course with a focus to introduce participants to a sport they perhaps would not have otherwise had the opportunity to try before.  You can read all about our work below.   To find out more about our Golf in the Park sessions click here or get in contact via...

7th Congress of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health

In October, we were privileged to be one the activity providers at the 7th Congress of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) in Central London.  The biennial scientific meeting of ISPAH, is regarded as the world’s flagship physical activity and public health event and was attended by over 1,000 delegates from 60 countries. The Congress was underpinned by three themes: Addressing inequalities within and through physical activity Evidence into policy and practice to achieve population change Physical activity and the wider determinants of health It offered Community Golf not only the opportunity to publicise how our golfing activities help to promote physical activity, health and wellbeing to all but also to attend a variety of presentations from reknowned public health and physical activity professionals.  We were very fortunate to be able to discuss our work to a wide spectrum of passionate professionals who are currently making it their global mission to promote the enormous importance of tackling physical inactivity and the resulting health complications.   But don’t take our word for it, watch Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health & Social Care summarising the aims of the Congress and at the very end of the video trying out one of our golf challenges. I had great fun trying a few of the brilliant sports at the @ISPAH Congress. Delighted to launch Moving Medicine – a fantastic & savvy online tool forDrs to help people find a healthy activity that’s right for them https://t.co/kWT9t0jZzs pic.twitter.com/Zsey3XpPit — Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) October 17, 2018 At Community Golf, we’ve known for a long time just how good golf...