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...

Children’s Trust Sports Day

The Children’s Trust Sports Day in August was a wonderful opportunity to introduce golf to inspirational children and young people, who are currently part of the brain injury rehabilitation...

Community Golf calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco Bags of Help Fund – Horley

      Community Golf is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects. Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant. Community Golf is one of the groups on the shortlist. At Community Golf, one of our priority objectives is to promote exercise and activity for older people.  We do this by introducing our low impact 1-hour weekly sessions to the 60+ age group, which consists of putting and chipping skills games. 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. Research has shown that exercise can improve both individual physical and mental well-being, so our 60+ programme enables all participants to have fun whilst being active with friends old and new.  The low impact intensity of golf means that it can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of ability, age or previous experience. Our adaptive equipment enables all abilities/disabilities the opportunity to play and for many, experience a sport new to them. Mandy Jarvis, Director of Operations, Community Golf, said: “We are absolutely elated to be shortlisted – this gives the local community the opportunity to help us continue with our much loved 60+...

Community Golf calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco Bags of Help Fund – Addlestone

      Community Golf is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects. Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant. Community Golf is one of the groups on the shortlist. At Community Golf, one of our priority objectives is to promote exercise and activity for older people.  We do this by introducing our low impact 1-hour weekly sessions to the 60+ age group, which consists of putting and chipping skills games. 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. Research has shown that exercise can improve both individual physical and mental well-being, so our 60+ programme enables all participants to have fun whilst being active with friends old and new.  The low impact intensity of golf means that it can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of ability, age or previous experience. Our adaptive equipment enables all abilities/disabilities the opportunity to play and for many, experience a sport new to them. Mandy Jarvis, Director of Operations, Community Golf, said: “We are absolutely elated to be shortlisted – this gives the local community the opportunity to help us continue with our much loved 60+...

Turning Back Time at the Clockhouse, Milford

The Clockhouse Centre, Milford, Surrey provides a safe, sociable and stimulating environment for people over 50 years where they can socialise with their peer group and take advantage of the wide range of services on offer throughout the week. Every Monday afternoon, we deliver a weekly 60+ golf session,  a project made possible by the generous support of The Wisley Foundation. Before we go on   to introduce you to some of the players it’s important to make you aware of the excellent pedigree that the Clockhouse Centre has as champion golfers, having previously been crowned as our Autumn 2016 League winners.  In addition, as part of the winning Autumn 2016 team, was 92 year old Audrey, who was our highest individual scorer across of our projects during that time period.   You can read more about Audrey’s story as part of the ‘This Girl Can’ campaign here: http://communitygolf.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/This-Girl-Can-Audrey-@-50.pdf   The centre’s previous success and Audrey’s tenacity to regularly beat her personal score has found us welcoming a number of 90+ participants keen to take part in this term’s golf sessions.  Bill and Eddie are 97 and 92 respectively and Betty and Ron are 93 and 98, proving irrefutably that age really is no barrier to playing golf with us.   Bill and Eddie were only separated by 5 points at the top of the leader board with 3 weeks to go, so it is very much still all to play for!  ‘Having scored consistently high throughout our league programme – with both men scoring 55 points on our ‘Bottle It’ game, Eddie came out as our overall winner, pipping...

Day in the Life of a Golf Activator – Halow Project

This Summer, we were lucky enough to be invited back to run a golf session with the Halow project. The Halow project is an amazing service who provide opportunities and support for young people aged 16-35 with a learning difficulty, in Guildford. They are dedicated to helping their members live independent, fulfilling lives and becoming more involved in the local community. We met the group at The Guildford Spectrum and set up four of our challenging skills games to test their putting and chipping skills to the max. Our first game, Bullseye Chip, uses our target and tests how accurate the participants chipping skills are. 10 points is awarded for the bullseye, with descending points awarded for zones further away from the bullseye. The highest score was Jack, with a brilliant 19 points from 5 balls. We also set up Skittles, using our Community Golf bottles, which went down a treat. Like bowling, the aim of the game is to knock down as many bottles as you can by putting the ball into them. There is nothing more satisfying then the rattle when they knock over, with most participants managed to get a strike throughout the session. The next game we ran was also a chipping game, Little Binnit. The aim of Little Binnit is to chip the ball into our pop-up bin (it’s much easier said than done!) so that it stays in the bin. There were some great attempts from the group (including Jason the activities coordinator) with the whole team cheering when a ball landed in the bin. The fourth and final game we bought to...

West Surrey Events – Summer 2018

Throughout the Summer, we have been running events with our lovely participants to give them access to golf that is slightly different to our normal sessions. We have run two events so far in West Surrey, with a third one in the pipeline for later in the Summer.   Kites Club at Horton Park Our first event of the Summer took place at Horton Park golf club with the wonderful Kites Club, part of The Sunnybank Trust which is funded by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council. Kites club aims to enrich the lives of people aged 18+ with learning difficulties within the community through inclusion and friendship. Kites club is all about trying new activities, developing hidden talents and practicing life skills, with golf being one of their favourites. We had 15 members join us at Horton Park for some golf and lunch. We set up the session in three sections: the driving range, putting games and chipping games. The driving range gave the members the chance to give the ball a good old whack, while getting some expert tips from Jon and Karen. Our putting games took part on the putting green, where we challenged our participants to a variety of putting games, including the longest putt! The chipping challenges were a taste of some of the games that we play in our regular sessions, including Howzat and Bottle It, with points awarded for top scorers throughout the session. We ended the morning with a lovely buffet lunch, with medals handed out to our top players of the day and wristbands awarded to all our golfers for being...

60+ Golf

“Regular physical activity in later life is important for so many reasons – not only will your health improve, but you’ll also meet new people.”  (https://www.ageuk.org.uk/services/in-your-area/exercise/)   It’s been frequently reported, that older adults who participate in any amount of physical activity can obtain some physical and mental health benefits.  As we age we become less active and our team at Community Golf appreciate that becoming active and sustaining the habit can often be challenging.  Community Golf’s low impact programmes consist of putting and chipping skills and are designed to remove all barriers and be fully inclusive regardless of ability.  Our primary objectives are to promote physical activity and people’s sense of physical and mental wellbeing.  Our mantra is that Age is just a number and what really counts is attitude.   Situated in the heart of busy Addlestone town, Surrey, the Eileen Tozer Centre is a warm and welcoming environment for all older local residents to meet, sit back, chat, have lunch and take part in a wide range of activities.  At our session on a Tuesday afternoon, we have two couples who are regulars to our 60+ golf.  A project made possible by the generous support of The Wisley Foundation.   Wendy and Bryan are probably the most competitive of the two couples, as they are always trying to get one over on each other!  Wendy, who relies on a walking frame, says “it’s great that Bryan and I can play together!  I can hold onto to him if I need assistance or play one-handed with my frame.  All the games are great fun and even better...

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...