The Academy at Trafford Golf Centre has partnered with Battle Back Golf, a programme which utilises golf to enhance the recovery of wounded, injured and sick service personnel, to offer life-changing coaching.
Each of the eight PGA golf professionals at The Academy have offered six one-hour sessions to eight injured service personnel linked to Battle Back Golf, which is closely connected to past Invictus Games captain Bernie Broad. Now the UK’s busiest driving range, Trafford Golf Centre is also providing £100 of ball credit to each participant to facilitate the winter coaching program, which will conclude with a springtime Ryder Cup style competition, due to be held at Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club, between the coaches and the pupils.
Pete Styles, director of golf at Trafford Golf Centre said: “Bernie Broad, vice-chairman of Battle Back Golf, has long been a friend of Trafford Golf Centre, and it’s been my desire to work together to create an opportunity for injured veterans. Battle Back is a fantastic charitable organisation supporting some incredible men and women and we’re proud to be a small part of the rehabilitation journey.”
The feedback from both the golf coaches and veterans has so far been incredibly positive, with both sides claiming the sessions have been very educational and rewarding.
Broad said: “Trafford Golf Centre is heaven for any golfer. The facilities, high standards and technology available really focus the mind to play and enjoy the sport of golf. The intent of the Battle Back golfer is to improve their game and beat the amazing coaches next year at Worsley Park Marriott. We are as competitive as ever and so grateful for the opportunity. We hope the golfers enjoy the experience and get the most benefit from the coaching that is being offered. We really appreciate the support that the professional team at Trafford Golf Centre have given to the veterans and serving personnel.”
Styles added: “Watch this space for more updates on our social media channels tracking the progress of the golfers during the winter coaching programme and, of course, the result of the big match in April.”
Trafford Golf Centre is the biggest golf academy in the north west and features a wealth of services and facilities including 16 Toptracer bays, six target greens spread over 300 yards, Power Tee automatic ball machines on 26 bays, a licensed café and bar, plus the largest American Golf retail store in the north.