We reckon one of our lovely participants, Edith Camp is Britain’s oldest golfer – at the grand age of 101.
She regularly joins our hour-long golf sessions at Newton House Care Home in East Renfrewshire near Glasgow and participates in our sessions which are not only great fun but extremely competitive.
Edith and her fellow golfers work as part of a team to compete with other residents with each team participating in 4 indoor golf challenges. Some have been lifelong golfers, others brand new to the sport.
Team spirit and collaborative coaching within each group is amazing, with people sharing their expertise, and newbie’s picking up hints and tips as they refine their golfing skills. Team members nurture and support each other as they go round, score cards are marked and winners are announced at the end of our sessions.
“Introducing golf as a regular added activity for our residents has given them a new lease of life.
It’s been lovely to see residents who’ve never tried golf before give it a go.
As with Edith, it just goes to show you can enjoy new activities at any age”.
Newton House Wellbeing and Lifestyle Coach Marianne Fernandez-Faichney
Maggie McKay our Operations & Development Coordinator in Scotland organises these groups in collaboration with Newton House, and sessions are delivered by our amazing Community Golf Activator Willie Burns ably supported by our golf buddies who work on a 1:1 basis with residents.
These sessions are transforming the lives of families facing challenges later in life by introducing them to the health and wellbeing benefits of golf.
The former Mayor of North Hykeham in Lincolnshire Susannah Spencer who is also the manager of County Court Care Home and has a PhD in dementia praised Golf In Society’s innovative initiative to help those with life-changing health conditions and added “as a provider of residential and nursing care for people living with dementia, we understand first-hand the benefits that can be gained from providing meaningful and stimulating activities such as these regular golf sessions”.
Golf In Society’s founder Anthony Blackburn stated:
“We are absolutely thrilled with the positive impact our golf sessions are having to improve the lives of the clinically vulnerable and their carers – giving them hope, purpose and opportunity. All the initial research has now become a reality”.
At Golf in Society we specialise in transforming the lives of our ageing population by introducing them to the wonderful game of golf.