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...

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+...