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...