Temple Park Centre plays host to disability golfing event with over 300 kids taking part
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Over 300 students from 32 schools were treated to a day of golfing excitement at Temple Park Centre, South Shields as the Golf Foundation introduced them to the joy of the sport and their various fun formats that can be played with the specially adapted Golfway equipment.
All of the 300 students had some form of SEND, ranging from learning difficulties to physical disabilities, and the Golf Foundation were delighted to showcase that the sport is truly open to everyone who wants to take part.
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With the Solheim Cup and Ryder Cup top of the sporting news agenda at the moment, this was the perfect time to help introduce golf to a whole new audience.
The event delivered alongside South Tyneside School Sport Network, was made possible thanks to partnership working with CP Sport to secure funding for schools to bring their pupils to play golf and have to opportunity to continue their golf back on school sites.
Ian Harvey, Regional Development Officer with the Golf Foundation said: “The Golfway skills festival was a fantastic opportunity to introduce children from all across Tyne and Wear to Golf and Golfway equipment.
“Uptake from local schools was unbelievable, and it was great to see over 300 pupils experience golf in a fun and inclusive way. We introduce golf to children from all backgrounds as part of our mantra, but days like this and seeing the smiles – not to mention hearing the noise in this place – are what make it so worthwhile doing what we do!”
For the Golf Foundation, it’s another step in their drive towards getting golf in every school in Great Britain.
The charity’s Unleash Your Drive initiative was launched by President Nick Dougherty at the BMW PGA Championship recently, and offers schools the chance to receive free golf equipment and online training to deliver the programme themselves.
The six lessons within the programme are all founded on mental toughness, and are aimed at helping kids cope with the difficulties that life is going to throw at them both inside and outside of school.