Golf is a great sport when considering an inclusive activity. The individuality, the leisurely pace and social nature of golf is very appealing for many people and is a great way to exercise and get outdoors in the fresh air.
The Golf Foundation is committed to giving ALL children and young people the opportunity to enjoy the playing and personal benefits of golf. All of our HSBC Golf Roots Centres are encouraged to deliver inclusive sessions and many of the projects we support get involved in specific disability sessions.
The English Federation for Disability Sport (EFDS) estimates that “there are around 11 million disabled people in the UK, while only two in ten disabled people in England are currently active”. The Golf Foundation supports the English Federation of Disability Sport “Charter for Change” by ensuring that:
- The Golf Foundation supports disabled people to enable them to participate.
- Through Golf Foundation initiatives disabled people will have the same opportunity as non-disabled people.
- All Golf Foundation communication will promote positive public attitudes towards disabled people’s participation.
If you are interested in getting involved and would like more information then please contact your local Regional Development Officer.
Some of the support available…
PGA Inclusive Golf Coaching workshops
The PGA has 2 workshops for those who are looking to further their understanding around coaching people with disabilities:
Inclusive Golf Coaching 1
Workshop aims: To extend delegates’ knowledge and skills when coaching golf to disabled participants. This workshop aims to equip PGA Professionals and volunteers with the knowledge and confidence to support disabled people of all abilities in any coaching environment through an introduction to inclusivity. The workshop also aims to give PGA Professionals and volunteers an opportunity to put theory into practice during the practical coaching session delivered to disabled people as part of the workshop.
Inclusive Golf Coaching 2
Workshop aims: To extend delegates’ knowledge and skills for coaching golf to disabled participants. Critically, by equipping them with a better understanding of the specifics of visual impairments, hearing impairments, mental health issues, special educational needs and learning disabilities. This workshop also aims to provide PGA Professionals with an opportunity to have technical coaching discussions with their peers, in relation to coaching golf to physically impaired participants, via a video analysis session. It looks to reinforce the inclusive message of the previous workshop, but aims to help coaches provide more inclusive sessions by aiding coaches’ impairment specific understanding.
For more information or to book:
PGA members can visit the members area of the PGA website for further information and available workshop dates.
Call PGA on: 01675 470333 (ask for member education)
The following support is also available, please click on links for further information:
- Support for primary school teachers through ‘TOP Sports Ability’
- using the Inclusive Super Sixes guidance document
- How to deliver an inclusive golf session. The basics: STEP approach.
- British Sign Language (BSL) for Golf videos for coaches and junior organisers, made in partnership with the National Deaf Children’s Society.
- Learn more about ‘Disability Language and Etiquette’ (see advice from the EFDS).