Inclusive golf Sutton – Sessions for young adults with disabilities improving Health and Well-being, social cohesion & reduce social isolation

Our low impact Community Golf programme which consists of putting and chipping skills are designed to remove all barriers and be fully inclusive.  Our objectives are to promote physical activity  and lead to improving people’s sense of physical and mental wellbeing. With the support of the Sutton Community Fund we have been delivering a variety of Community Golf programmes to groups of differently abled adults at 3 different centres for Sutton Mencap.  With additional support from NHS Healthcheck Sutton (assisted by the South West London and Care Partnership), we spent a wonderful morning The Oaks Golf Club at the beginning of...

Day in the Life of a Golf Activator – Golf in the Park

                               After a very successful summer of golf in 2017, weekend Golf in the Park returned to Wandle Valley at Beddington and Wandle Parks on the 12th & 13th May 2018 respectively. The basis of our Golf in the Park (GitP) projects are to provide anyone with the opportunity to play free golf in their local park surroundings, over two hours weekly. Golf is perceived to be difficult and at Community Golf, through our innovative GitP format, we aim to make it easier for people to pick up a club and have a go in a comfortable “no-frills” environment. Families and friends get the chance to challenge themselves by playing up to 6 holes and alongside this, further test their ability with a variety of unique skills games, designed to suit all abilities. Using a scorecard and a few basic rules to keep track of progress, groups of families and friends can establish their own playing style in order to maximise their experience. Dualle, our Activator has, been delighted to welcome players old and new and has had a great first five weeks with a new course layout at both parks alongside some fiendishly challenging skills games. He said “With the sun shining it’s been really colourful with people spending on average half an hour playing golf.  People are loving playing at both venues and our yellow branding is attracting a lot of interest and attracting people to come over and play”. The wonderful weather that we’ve all been enjoying has one downside, it’s made the grass grow quicker, but the Parks teams at both venues are doing...

Day in the Life of a Golf Activator – The Grange Golf Tournament

The second entry in my ‘Day in the life of an Activator’ blog, focuses on a CrossGolf event that we recently organised in conjunction with Mole Valley Council and The Grange, Bookham – an assisted living centre for young adults with learning difficulties.   A total of seven teams (42 participants) took part in a day full of golf, sun, laughter, friendly competition and a BBQ to finish. We set up seven themed holes around the amazing grounds of The Grange, including putting, chipping and a longest drive competition. Hole 1 “Churn It” on the front lawn of The Grange, with a healthy spectator gallery cheering players on, required participants to chip the ball towards a milk-churn target.  6 shots maximum with a really satisfying ‘ding’ when the ball hit the target. Hole 2 “Bee Happy” situated in a concealed garden, challenged players to putt down an uneven steep short slope aiming to hit a giant bee.  The hole was a great success with many participants achieving a brilliant hole in one!! Hole 3 “Victoria Sponge” tested players to putt the ball up a tricky slope and hit the awaiting Victoria Sponge cake at the top.  Yes, it really was a real cake!  Once players were assured that the cake wasn’t for consumption, there was some terrific accurate putting on display, with a number of holes in one!! Hole 4 “Bike Shed” encouraged a trickier chip aiming at a bicycle, complete with helmet.  Despite the target size the hole proved to be more testing than it appeared. Hole 5 “Dolphine” and undoubtedly my favourite of the day.  A complex putting...

The Grange – Golf Tournament

          What a glorious day Friday 18th May was as The Grange, Bookham hosted the 3rd Annual Grange Golf Tournament for adults with learning and physical difficulties.  42 players comprising of 7 teams (The Grange, Post 19, Surrey Choices: Lockwood, Fernleigh, Woking & Camberley) competed for individual and team prizes across our 7-hole golf course set within the grounds of the 8-acre site.  The tournament once again offered players the opportunity to play the course and challenge themselves with their chipping and putting skills, recording individual scores on their scorecards for 6 holes.  The 7th hole gave an opportunity for players to attempt the “Longest Drive”. 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.  Through our innovative format, we aim to make it easier for people to pick up a club and have a go in a comfortable and relaxed “no frills” environment. A big thank you to everyone who supported the day, but especially to the staff and volunteers at The Grange for all their generosity in making the event another resounding success.  Special mention must go to Brenna Russell, Activity Co-ordinator and Phil Edmunds, the Chef for a wonderful post-tournament BBQ and to Mole Valley Council for assisting with the funding for the event. Congratulations to everyone who came to play –  it was a wonderful day of golf with very high standards.  A fantastic round of 17 by Toby from Woking and Joe from Post 19 with his 33 metre longest...

Get Set, Get Active – Improving Activity, Promoting Inclusion, Increasing Confidence & Skills for Students with Special Educational Needs

Community Golf programmes are designed to remove all barriers and be fully inclusive and our objectives were to promote physical activity and lead to improving people’s sense of physical and mental wellbeing.  We promote the principle, that golf is a game for everyone, regardless of age, gender, ability, background or circumstances. Students (aged 17-21) were given the opportunity to participate in the lunch time enrichment programme, 36 attended, 18 of which attended regularly (7 of those had special needs).  The sessions consisted of a range of putting and chipping skills challenges.  Each week the group played a different league game, where all participants scored points to add to a total team score over the 10 weeks, competing in a virtual league.  Medal and star bans were also available for achievements and the top scorer at the end of the programme received a high street voucher prize.                                        ...

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.                                        ...