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Golf For All Programme

Irelands First Golf For All A huge Success

Cork Sports Partnership teamed up with Cork City Council, Confederation of Golf in Ireland, O’Keeffe Golf Performance, Prince Clinic, Cope Foundation and Mahon Golf Club to run a four week Golf For All programme for adults with a disability.

Participants worked on their chipping, putting and driving skills during the weekly sessions.   

The programmes was delivered by Irish International and TPI Certified professional Peter O’Keefe and he said “As soon as this concept was discussed I was in from the get go. My sister in law was a participant in the program and absolutely loved it. The golf side of the program is one thing but the social inclusion and interaction was something that I really saw developing from week to week.”

He continued to say “I had great help from my wife, my dad and Darren Prince with his family. I think once we all put our heads together we came up with a really good program that kept the participants engaged while also learning some basic fundamentals on the golf swing but most of all – we wanted to keep it fun which we did!! The support from Cork Sports Partnership and Cork City Council. The Confederation of Golf in Ireland backing the project had made it something that I can definitely see growing going forward. I am delighted to be a part of the golf for all initiative.”

Players and volunteers of the Golf For All Programme at Mahon Golf Club.  

Terence McSweeney, Sports and Physical Activity Manager, Cope Foundation was also involved in the project and he said “Three golfers from Cope Foundation participated; William McCarthy from Togher, Brian O’Shea from Bishopstown and Joe Hosford from Farranree; each thoroughly enjoyed the challenges, especially around putting under pressure and the strategy around ball positioning required when playing par 4’s and par 5’s”.

He continued “It was particularly welcome to be part of an initiative which was inclusive off all disabilities, which was in a venue where we were made particularly welcome and to which we know we will be welcome to return. The golf skills challenges we undertook over the 4 weeks, would be challenging to all golfers and we would love to see golfers, without disabilities challenge themselves with us through this project.”

In the words of one participant “I really enjoyed the activity of the programme and an excellent way to improve social skills”.   

The second phase of the Golf For All programme will begin on Tuesday September 4th at 6pm at Mahon Golf Club. we are keen to hear from players and volunteers who would like to get involved in the project. If you would like to learn more about Golf For All contact Kate Feeney, Sports Inclusion Disability Officer with Cork Sports Partnership at kfeeney@corksports.ie or 086 7947923.  

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