Disabled adults get in the swing

Organisers hailed the third annual Community Golf tournament for young adults with physical and learning disabilities as "a fantastic day" - but the hunt now begins to find funding for next year.

The tournament on May 18 at The Grange in Bookham, Surrey, included 42 players competing for team and individual prizes on a bespoke seven-hole golf course which catered for players with a whole range of disabilities.

The competition is supported by Mole Valley District Council, but a reduction in funding from other partners means a new funder must be found for 2019.

Community Golf is a Community Interest Company using golf as a vehicle to inspire people of all ages and abilities to get involved in activity and access the sport's health and social benefits. Their work is designed to take away traditional barriers to participation associated with playing at a golf club.

The organisation works with young adults on a weekly basis and the annual tournament transfers their learned skills into an outdoors golf club environment on a scale they can deal with.

Operations Director Mandy Jarvis told ConnectSport: "Only being there really reveals how much they enjoy it and how inclusive the event is. Even those in electric wheelchairs are able to join in, play shots and record a score.

"It's about them being able to do something they didn't think they could do, or wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to do. Everybody has a go, in whatever capacity they can, whatever their disability.

"It has a massive impact on them in terms of inclusivity; the social aspect is great as they tend to integrate with their groups. I'm so passionate about it that it's hard to put into words!

"The elation in them at having achieved and having had a great day is wonderful. Week to week we see a change within them, they become more confident, outgoing and active."

Find out more about Community Golf on their ConnectSport directory page. To add your organisation to the directory, contact hello@connectsport.co.uk