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Changing the lives of young people using the power of golf
Who we are
The Golf Foundation is a registered British charity established in 1952 by 3 times Open Champion, Sir Henry Cotton, and leading amateurs – Gerald Micklem, Jack Burroughs and Stanley Oppenheimer – with the aim of providing life changing opportunities to young people using the power of golf.
What we do
We help young people to ‘Start, Learn and Stay’ in golf by making their introduction to the game fun, innovative, inspiring, inclusive and enriching.
We take adapted versions of the game to schools and community groups, introduce young people to golf clubs, teach playing and transferable life skills and keep young people playing in golf clubs.
Why we do it
We believe that the game should be made accessible to all young people to enjoy, irrespective of their gender, background or ability.
We know that golf provides life changing opportunities. Golf is an ideal game for helping young people to develop valuable personal skills such as confidence, resilience and emotional control – qualities that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. The game can also help young people to understand the importance of values such as honesty, integrity and respect as it demands a strong level of personal responsibility.
Our programmes create a lifelong love and appreciation of the game.
We help protect the future of golf.
We are proud of our work, please visit our Impact page to find out more.
Our charity is supported by The R&A, headline sponsor HSBC and a variety of organisations*. We also work closely with national partners (Professional Golfers’ Association, England Golf, Scottish Golf & Wales Golf) to help young people have a safe and fun introduction to golf.
* The Golf Foundation supports youngsters from many different backgrounds through its national programme, HSBC Golf Roots. HSBC Golf Roots is supported by The R&A, headline sponsor HSBC, the Professional Golfers’ Association, the Ryder Cup and Sport England. It also enjoys a good working relationship with youth-centred national partners outside of golf such as the Youth Sport Trust, StreetGames and London Youth.