How can England Golf & The Golf Trust best support people with disabilities?

By: June 7, 2024

Just before the weekend, I stumbled upon a significant initiative that aims to make golf more inclusive and accepting of individuals with disabilities. I’m excited to share this with you today.

England Golf Archie Hill The Golf Trust

England Golf and The Golf Trust, a national charity dedicated to providing opportunities for disabled individuals to participate in the sport, are collaborating to promote inclusivity in golf.

This partnership aims to ensure individuals from diverse backgrounds can access the sport’s physical, social, and mental health benefits.

England Golf and The Golf Trust have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to emphasize both parties’ commitment to providing more opportunities for people with a disability.

Through enhanced signposting of The Golf Trust’s events and referral services, it is the aim that this collaboration will ensure disabled people will be able to access the sport and identify locations in communities across the country that can deliver golf to people with disabilities.  

England Golf The Golf Trust people with disabilities project

Whether an experienced golfer or someone looking to try the sport for the first time, interested parties can visit The Golf Trust website for specialized referrals to local courses and dedicated activities for disabled people of all ages.

This agreement will allow England Golf to support the charity with the delivery of national initiatives and activities, expanding golf’s reach into new communities. 

Rob Drinkwater, Head of Participation and Development at England Golf, said:

“The work they do in supporting people to have the opportunity to access and experience golf is a vital part of developing a strong pathway of opportunities.

By working together, we know we have the ability to empower and inspire people in communities across the country, as well as ensuring everyone has the ability to enjoy the many benefits of the sport.”

Cae Menai-Davis, founder of The Golf Trust, said:

Access to golf is often the biggest barrier to participation, particularly for people with disabilities. Through our network of venues and partner organisations, we are able to identify the right places for people to get involved in the sport.

Having a great experience the first time you play is an essential part of the process for anyone.”

This work contributes to England Golf’s overarching Respect in Golf movement, which aims to inspire, promote, and foster greater understanding and embrace equality, diversity, and inclusion within the sport.

The movement aims to include individuals of all ages, genders, abilities, and backgrounds in golf.