Pachesham Golf Centre in Surrey recently hosted a training workshop designed to help coaches and volunteers grow the game among players with a disability and their friends.
The popular game-improvement facility in Leatherhead was selected by the European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) as the prime site to fine tune the role and skills of these ‘Introducers’ to the game for players with a disability.
The four-hour training session formed part of a number of workshops across Europe ahead of an announcement of EDGA’s full inclusivity programme for 2020, designed to build on its record of significantly increasing opportunities for golfers with a disability and promoting inclusivity in the game.
It aimed to communicate the key philosophies needed by ‘Introducers’ to increase global participation among players with a disability, while the practical elements of how the coaching would be delivered were demonstrated on the Centre’s driving range.
“Pachesham was proud to be able to contribute to the development of such a programme, aiming to enhance the community of disabled golfers’ involvement in the sport and grow the game,” said PGA Professional Richard Shaw, who organised the event. “The feedback we received for the session and the facilities at Pachesham was overwhelmingly positive from all those involved and we’re delighted to provide an ideal venue that makes the game more accessible and forms part of the local community.”
Pachesham Golf Centre offers Surrey’s longest floodlit driving range, a six-hole course short course, and a large practice area. The centre also features one of the few indoor Sam Lab putting chambers in the county.