Ladies European Tour – ‘Get into Golf’

  An all female Community Golf Team were delighted to support the “Get into Golf” event on the eve of the US Women’s Open Qualifier at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club.  The Ladies European Tour (LET) organised the event as a celebration of women’s and girls’ golf and as a showcase for those new to the game. As the LET players prepared for the tournament in the background, beginners and more experienced players had the opportunity to take part in a range of activities in the dedicated Activities Zone. Our putting and chipping challenges proved popular, particularly the longest putt, golf rugby conversion and a 20 ball challenge.  It was a wonderful opportunity to not only showcase our work, but to witness the interest and enthusiasm for our golf format by everyone that attended the event.  General feedback from those who tried the games was that “it is not as easy as it looks!” A big thank you must go to Mike Round, Director of Development at the Ladies European Tour, for inviting us back to participate in the event.  Also to the team of all-female PGA Pros – Denise Hastings, Evie Carter and Zoe North who patiently gave a number of the Community Golf team a free golf lesson. Mike Round, Development Director at LET conveyed his thanks to the team and commenting on the event said “although the numbers were slightly down on last year, the feedback we’ve had has been extremely positive.  One father with his daughter went as far as saying that it was the best day of their lives!”  We very much look forward to supporting...

Day in the Life of a Golf Activator

Hi, I’m Gilly, the lead Activator in West Surrey.  In the first of a series of blogs, I will be endeavouring to give you an insight into some of the programmes that Community Golf deliver.  On a Thursday, I deliver weekly sessions to three very distinctive groups. Our first group, comprises the lovely Frances and her dementia friends support group.  The group consists of (mostly over 65’s) who have either been diagnosed with dementia or their friends and loved ones have.  I set up two skills games and give all the participants ample time to practice before the league game is scored.  The group are very competitive and there’s always cheering (and mild jeering) each other on to see who comes out on top! The second group, are a group of young adults with learning difficulties.  They are always full of energy from the minute I turn up to the minute I leave.  I set up two games alongside golf on their games console and let them play the games for the full hour recording their best score.  We always have music on in the background so there’s a great atmosphere (with some not so great singing) for the duration of the session.  At the end of the session, we award the best golfer of the day with a wristband, which is always met with spontaneous cheering and celebrations. The final session of the day, is a more relaxed session the group at Brockhill (60+), are a lovely bunch who enjoy a cup of tea, slice of cake and a good old chat alongside their golf games.  This doesn’t mean that they aren’t...

Improving Activity, Reducing Isolation and Promoting Social Inclusion for Young People with Special Educational Needs

Marjorie McClure School (in Chislehurst, Kent) is “an outstanding school with a strong sense of community that values each individual pupil, whatever their special educational needs or disability”. The school identified a number of learning outcomes for their nominated group:  To increase physical activity, To promote leadership and confidence skills and To reduce isolation and promote social inclusion. Community Golf designed a specific programme across three groups with a total of 23 participants aged 16-19.                                                                                  ...

Inclusive golf Runnymede – Sessions for young adults with disabilities improving Health and Well-Being

Community Golf programmes are designed to remove all barriers and be fully inclusive and our objectives are to promote physical activity and lead to improving people’s sense of physical and mental wellbeing. Throughout the 10-week programme, we introduced 18 (12 Male and 6 Female) young adults to a range of putting and chipping skills challenges by using 10 different fun golf activities.   All participants thoroughly enjoyed trying new activities and socialising together.                                          ...

Inclusive Golf Runnymede – Sessions for older people in Runnymede improving Health and Well-being

It is well documented that exercise can improve both physical and mental wellbeing and this was observed with many of the participants during the sessions.  Through our innovative format, we aim to make it easier for people to pick up a club and have a go in a comfortable “no frills” environment. This programme brought 14 people (4 Male and 10 Female), aged 60-92 together to participate in 10 weekly one hour sessions.  All participants thoroughly enjoyed trying new activities and socialising together.                                        ...