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...

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...

Day in the Life of a Golf Activator – The Grange Golf Tournament

The second entry in my ‘Day in the life of an Activator’ blog, focuses on a CrossGolf event that we recently organised in conjunction with Mole Valley Council and The Grange, Bookham – an assisted living centre for young adults with learning difficulties.   A total of seven teams (42 participants) took part in a day full of golf, sun, laughter, friendly competition and a BBQ to finish. We set up seven themed holes around the amazing grounds of The Grange, including putting, chipping and a longest drive competition. Hole 1 “Churn It” on the front lawn of The Grange, with a healthy spectator gallery cheering players on, required participants to chip the ball towards a milk-churn target.  6 shots maximum with a really satisfying ‘ding’ when the ball hit the target. Hole 2 “Bee Happy” situated in a concealed garden, challenged players to putt down an uneven steep short slope aiming to hit a giant bee.  The hole was a great success with many participants achieving a brilliant hole in one!! Hole 3 “Victoria Sponge” tested players to putt the ball up a tricky slope and hit the awaiting Victoria Sponge cake at the top.  Yes, it really was a real cake!  Once players were assured that the cake wasn’t for consumption, there was some terrific accurate putting on display, with a number of holes in one!! Hole 4 “Bike Shed” encouraged a trickier chip aiming at a bicycle, complete with helmet.  Despite the target size the hole proved to be more testing than it appeared. Hole 5 “Dolphine” and undoubtedly my favourite of the day.  A complex putting...

The Grange – Golf Tournament

          What a glorious day Friday 18th May was as The Grange, Bookham hosted the 3rd Annual Grange Golf Tournament for adults with learning and physical difficulties.  42 players comprising of 7 teams (The Grange, Post 19, Surrey Choices: Lockwood, Fernleigh, Woking & Camberley) competed for individual and team prizes across our 7-hole golf course set within the grounds of the 8-acre site.  The tournament once again offered players the opportunity to play the course and challenge themselves with their chipping and putting skills, recording individual scores on their scorecards for 6 holes.  The 7th hole gave an opportunity for players to attempt the “Longest Drive”. Community Golf programmes are designed to remove all barriers and be fully inclusive and our objectives are to promote physical activity and lead to improving people’s sense of physical and mental wellbeing.  Through our innovative format, we aim to make it easier for people to pick up a club and have a go in a comfortable and relaxed “no frills” environment. A big thank you to everyone who supported the day, but especially to the staff and volunteers at The Grange for all their generosity in making the event another resounding success.  Special mention must go to Brenna Russell, Activity Co-ordinator and Phil Edmunds, the Chef for a wonderful post-tournament BBQ and to Mole Valley Council for assisting with the funding for the event. Congratulations to everyone who came to play –  it was a wonderful day of golf with very high standards.  A fantastic round of 17 by Toby from Woking and Joe from Post 19 with his 33 metre longest...

Ladies European Tour – ‘Get into Golf’

  An all female Community Golf Team were delighted to support the “Get into Golf” event on the eve of the US Women’s Open Qualifier at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club.  The Ladies European Tour (LET) organised the event as a celebration of women’s and girls’ golf and as a showcase for those new to the game. As the LET players prepared for the tournament in the background, beginners and more experienced players had the opportunity to take part in a range of activities in the dedicated Activities Zone. Our putting and chipping challenges proved popular, particularly the longest putt, golf rugby conversion and a 20 ball challenge.  It was a wonderful opportunity to not only showcase our work, but to witness the interest and enthusiasm for our golf format by everyone that attended the event.  General feedback from those who tried the games was that “it is not as easy as it looks!” A big thank you must go to Mike Round, Director of Development at the Ladies European Tour, for inviting us back to participate in the event.  Also to the team of all-female PGA Pros – Denise Hastings, Evie Carter and Zoe North who patiently gave a number of the Community Golf team a free golf lesson. Mike Round, Development Director at LET conveyed his thanks to the team and commenting on the event said “although the numbers were slightly down on last year, the feedback we’ve had has been extremely positive.  One father with his daughter went as far as saying that it was the best day of their lives!”  We very much look forward to supporting...