A MODEL GOLF CLUB

Today's Golfer (UK) - - FIRST TEE - SHARON COT­TERELL

I work with young adults that have autism and re­cently ap­proached Durham City Golf Club about bring­ing some of my stu­dents down to the range to try golf out. To my sur­prise, the club pro Tom Cran­field was able to ac­quire fund­ing from Sport Eng­land to pro­vide a set of weekly les­sons.

The stu­dents can’t wait for ev­ery Thurs­day to play golf, and we have no­ticed that their be­hav­iour, con­fi­dence and abil­ity to prob­lem solve have all im­proved. This has led to one of my stu­dents ac­tu­ally play­ing three rounds of golf with me and my part­ner Paul. His mum has ad­vised us that she has never seen him hap­pier than when he’s on the golf course. I am now work­ing with my em­ployer to not only se­cure fur­ther fund­ing for les­sons, but to build a mini driv­ing range at my place of work so all the stu­dents can try golf for them­selves.

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