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...

THANK YOU TO THE WISLEY FOUNDATION

Throughout 2018, The Wisley Foundation funded our 60+ programme (including participants with dementia) which facilitated delivery of 200 sessions across 8 sites in Surrey during the year. Around 180 participants (68% aged 75-89 and 15% over age 90) enjoyed regular weekly one hour sessions with us competing in the Spring, Summer and Autumn Leagues. 65% of these were female and 73% had never played golf before. Community Golf promote the principle that golf is a game for everyone, regardless of age, gender, ability, background or circumstances. Our interactive low impact putting and chipping skills programmes are designed to remove all barriers, be fully inclusive and our objectives are to promote physical activity leading to improving people’s sense of physical and mental wellbeing. Through our innovative format, we aim to make it easier for people to have a go in a comfortable “no frills” environment. Specially adapted lighter clubs are used where needed to facilitate the participation of wheelchair users too. Without the support of our Funders, we cannot do the work we do in the community.  A massive thank you to The Wisley Foundation for their invaluable support.  Golf does not have to be played outdoors to make an impact! @The_Wisley...

LEATHERHEAD – YOUR COMMUNITY NEEDS YOUR VOTES (Tesco Bags of Help Fund)

Please help us SUPPORT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES in your local community to continue with their much loved INCLUSIVE golf activity sessions at The Grange, Kites Club and other local centres. Voting is now open throughout January & February 2019 in these local stores: 2812 LEATHERHEAD KT22 0EF Superstores 2191 BANSTEAD EXPRESS SM7 2NN Express 5371 CRADDOCKS ASHTEAD EXP KT21 1QJ Express 6320 EPSOM HORTON EXP KT19 8SP Express 4502 EPSOM RUXLEY LANE EXP KT19 9JS Express 6321 EPSOM STATION EXP KT19 8EU Express 2485 EWELL EXPRESS KT17 1PG Express Voting tokens are given out to customers when they request one after making a purchase in store. We are guaranteed £1000, so the money will go towards funding additional Community Golf sessions that local centres have been enjoying. We need to get as many “blue voting tokens” as possible to fill our box so we can earn the maximum amount of £4000. Please could you alert as many people as you may know in the local community as possible to help – perhaps you could use your social media platforms as well? Your support with this would be greatly appreciated and will obviously benefit the community. @Tesco_SouthEast #bagsofhelp...

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...