The Golf Sixes competition has proved to be very popular and this year, with funding from the Golf Foundation, six teams of beginner golfers from six clubs played six holes of golf at six different golf clubs. The plan is to build on this for next year with 12 teams playing.
Over 182 Rainbows, Brownies, Guides Cubs and Scouts have participated in golf as part of our Get Into Golf project, leading to 40 of them signing up for lessons and several have joined a Junior Academy programme at their local golf club.
Women are being encouraged to take up the game with Get into Golf lessons and events being held on par three courses.
A recent workshop run by the Golf Foundation, which provided a detailed guide for clubs on how to run a junior section, was attended by 14 Clubs.
The disability programme has increased this year with 79 participants involved. We teamed up with the Saracens Foundation for two Special Educational Needs projects at the Valley School and Pinewood school in Stevenage. We also funded projects for those who are visually impaired and wheelchair users.
By far the biggest project for the disabled is at Radlett Lodge School which is a school for children with autism. All the pupils have been involved with golf in one form or another and some are now able to visit the local driving range. Golf has become the most popular activity at the school and staff have commented on how it has helped the development of social skills for the children and their integration within society. This project is funded by Sport England.