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.                                        ...

GET SET, GET ACTIVE – IMPROVING ACTIVITY, REDUCING ISOLATION AND PROMOTING SOCIAL INCLUSION FOR OLDER PEOPLE

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. Through generous funding from the Wimbledon Foundation, Age UK Merton used their Get Set, Get Active Fund grant to grow their healthy living activities for older people in Merton. We had a fantastic 10 weeks playing golf with everyone at Age UK Merton. Exercising in your 70s ‘may stop brain shrinkage’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20026099                                          ...

Community Golf calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco Bags fund

      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+...

Active People Active Parks Programme concludes

All good things have to come to an end and sadly our work with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, as part of their Active People Active Parks (APAP) programme, draws to a close at the end of this month.  APAP was a flagship participation project for the LLDC which involved a variety of 25 partner organisations.   We had the unique opportunity to work,  not only individually, but also in conjunction with a range of partners to deliver activities in and around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London.  With the aim of maximising the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, by encouraging local residents to participate in sport and physical activity, the 4-year statistics for the programme certainly demonstrate the amazing work that has taken place.   The Community Golf team is incredibly proud of what we delivered across the programme, which included regular Golf Skills, Beach Golf, Golf in the Park and local school sessions.  Alongside these regular sessions, we brought golf to a vast array of events which included International Womens Day, Liberty Festival, National Paralympic Day, Time to Shine and the Wellbeing Games to name but a few.  We feel privileged to have built up an incredible array of participation memories and to have worked with such a wide range of individuals.   Unearthing a huge enthusiasm for golf in East London through our work with the Active People Active Parks programme is an extraordinary platform from which we will continue to build.  We are continuing to work with  APAP partners in the area...

#valentinesday

We get everyone playing! Even Caroline the lunch cook played today at Age UK Merton! Who’s cooking a meal for someone special tonight?...

Age UK Merton

Helping older people to live a full active life is part of what Community Golf does day to day.  How many older people just sit all day every day … it’s our mission to change that!  Age UK Merton are just one of the 60+ centres enjoying golf skills with us on a weekly...

Happy Birthday Community Golf – 5 years old today!

For the past 5 years Community Golf has been “taking golf into the community” in a variety of “no-frills” formats across many different venues. Our participants to date have included Adults with learning and physical disabilities, Community & Dementia Groups (including 50+), Colleges, Universities, Main Stream and Special Educational Needs (SEN) Schools where children suffer with epilepsy, profound physical disabilities, severe autism and other learning disabilities and the general public across many of our events and Park venues. The team are committed to increasing activity levels and making golf more accessible to everyone and wish to thank you all for your continued support over the years and look forward to those to...