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...

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....

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+...

Day in the Life of a Golf Activator

Hi, I’m Gilly, the lead Activator in West Surrey.  In the first of a series of blogs, I will be endeavouring to give you an insight into some of the programmes that Community Golf deliver.  On a Thursday, I deliver weekly sessions to three very distinctive groups. Our first group, comprises the lovely Frances and her dementia friends support group.  The group consists of (mostly over 65’s) who have either been diagnosed with dementia or their friends and loved ones have.  I set up two skills games and give all the participants ample time to practice before the league game is scored.  The group are very competitive and there’s always cheering (and mild jeering) each other on to see who comes out on top! The second group, are a group of young adults with learning difficulties.  They are always full of energy from the minute I turn up to the minute I leave.  I set up two games alongside golf on their games console and let them play the games for the full hour recording their best score.  We always have music on in the background so there’s a great atmosphere (with some not so great singing) for the duration of the session.  At the end of the session, we award the best golfer of the day with a wristband, which is always met with spontaneous cheering and celebrations. The final session of the day, is a more relaxed session the group at Brockhill (60+), are a lovely bunch who enjoy a cup of tea, slice of cake and a good old chat alongside their golf games.  This doesn’t mean that they aren’t...