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Disability Golf

Inclusive and Impairment Specific

Golf is a game that can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of age, gender, physical condition or physical ability. It is a great way to build friendships and to exercise, while providing an opportunity for personal challenge and growth. There are plenty of opportunities to learn golf if you are a beginner, or get back into golf if you have played before. Some sessions are impairment specific, such as beginner golf lessons for people with autism, with other sessions being pan disability (mixed disability sessions). Wales Golf also supports clubs to offer inclusive beginner coaching sessions which encourage everyone to learn together in an inclusive environment. Take a look at the video below for a great example of a New2Golf/Back2Golf project for stroke survivors.   

Stroke Association

 

Wales Golf strives to understand the needs of various disabilities that may affect some individuals who wish to enter the game. Wales Golf has therefore set-up an Inclusive Golf Forum with the following organisations:

This is a dynamic group which provides strategic co-ordination for the development of disability/deaf golf in Wales.

 

Where to learn?

Golf doesn’t just offer people the chance to develop fitness and co-ordination, but also to build skills for life such as confidence, self esteem and perseverance. Golf can be adapted according to a player’s ability, with various formats and physical aids. Wales Golf is committed to developing a grassroots structure that provides beginner opportunities for players with a disability.

To find out where your nearest inclusive beginner coaching sessions are (pan disability or impairment specific), please view the on the Find a Beginner Section page. For a list of inclusive golf coaches click here

Inclusive Golf Coaching Workshop

To support our inclusive coaching sessions Wales Golf can provide coaches with disability-specific education. The workshop aims to equip PGA Professionals with the knowledge and confidence to support disabled people of all abilities in any coaching environment, recognise talent and help talented participants progress on to an appropriate competition pathway. The workshop also aims to give PGA Professionals an opportunity to put theory into practice during the practical coaching session delivered to disabled people as part of the workshop.

If you would like to find out more and when the next workshop is taking place please contact sian.simmons@golfunionwales.

Insport

The Federation of Disability Sport Wales have designed the insport programme in order to support partners such as Wales Golf in developing inclusive provision, opportunity and practices which will ensure that disabled people gain access to the level of participation/performance they require. Wales Golf is currently working towards the Gold level of insport.

The foundations for the programmes are built on the assumptions that if the principles of inclusion are embedded within everyday practices then everyone in the organisation will benefit.

For more information click on the following link http://www.disabilitysportwales.com/resources/