Golf teaches kids with disabilities

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir April 17, 2013 09:40

Golf teaches kids with disabilities

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASeveral children from six special schools in Wirral have joined a community golf club thanks to an initiative funded by a charity.

The 34 children, who all have disabilities, initially played on a three-hole course with pop-up trees and bunkers at Leasowe Leisure Centre. However, they showed so much enthusiasm for the game that a PGA professional then coached them at Hoylake Municipal Golf Club. They then attended a session at Club TG – a nine-hole golf club designed for children – which they were invited to join.

The three events were managed by Neil Price, Wirral’s community golf officer, and were funded by the HSBC Golf Roots programme, run by the charity the Golf Foundation.

The youngsters were able to use Golf Foundation Tri-Golf equipment, which is ideal for chipping and putting games, and team activity.

“The aim of the project was to engage with children with disabilities and give them a taste of golf in a safe and fun environment using special, adapted clubs,” said Neil Price.

“Over the course of the sessions the children learned numerous skills and techniques such as how to hold the club correctly, putting the ball into hoops and chipping balls onto targets.

“The children really enjoyed their school sessions and loved the competitive edge. They said they wanted to attend an actual golf venue, which is why we booked time at Hoylake Municipal Golf Club. Here, PGA professional Simon Hooton delivered coaching sessions for the children and took them around the course, showing them many aspects such as the water hazards, putting greens and bunkers. This was a fantastic experience for the boys and girls.”

Membership of Club TG was then offered to those children who wanted to continue to learn more about golf and take part in further competitions.

 

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir April 17, 2013 09:40
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