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...

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.  ...

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...

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...