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...

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...

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...

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.                                        ...

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                                          ...