New Plus Projects for 2022

HSBC Golf Roots Plus projects enable children (including those living in disadvantaged communities) to enjoy a fun and positive introduction to golf that increases wellbeing and confidence. They are a fundamental piece of our charity’s mission to reach children from all backgrounds.

In 2022 we’re proud to be funding Plus projects with community groups, sports clubs, and schools to help many young people, including those with disabilities or additional educational needs, to have a fun and positive first taste of golf. Find out more below…

Livewire Warrington – Cheshire
Livewire is a Community Interest Company (CIC) providing services to help the physical and mental wellbeing of people in Warrington. Livewire recognises the benefits of sports participation for young people and has been awarded an HSBC Golf Roots Plus grant to provide golf activities in Orford, an area of high deprivation. Trained community coaches will use Golfway equipment in Livewire’s ‘Friday Night Project’ to introduce golf to a new audience.

Red Rose Sports Club – Preston, Lancashire
Red Rose Sports club in Preston ‘works to increase participation in sport and recreation amongst people from disadvantaged backgrounds.’ The club will use its HSBC Golf Roots Plus funding to run golf taster sessions using Golfway equipment. The activities will primarily be aimed at 11–17-year-olds (including girls) from ethnically diverse communities in the Deepdale/Garrison areas of Preston. The project will be supported by PGA Professional, Alex Davies from Preston GC.

Ackworth School – Yorkshire
Ackworth School will use its funding to provide golf sessions for its Autistic pupils who often struggle with traditional team sports and competitive games.

Inspired Sports Solutions – Birmingham
Inspired Sports Solutions will offer golf activities in 3 primary schools to alleviate the negative impact of Covid-19 on the physical and mental health of pupils. The aim of the project is to support children’s ‘recovery’, ‘reconnection’ and ‘reintegration’ back into school life.

Chesterfield College – Derbyshire
Chesterfield College will be using golf activity as a tool to improve the mental health, wellbeing, and confidence of students by encouraging them to try something new, take up exercise and enjoy the outdoors. The project will target females who are inactive, plus SEND students. (The college has previously run a similar project using tennis.) The college is situated within walking distance of Tapton Park GC which will support the coaching and provide opportunities for continued participation.

Nobel School – Hertfordshire
Nobel Secondary School has been awarded HSBC Golf Roots Plus funding so that it can incorporate golf into its curriculum, to make the sport more inclusive. The funding will allow Nobel to purchase Golfway equipment which it will then loan to local schools so they too can deliver golf to their students. Nobel will liaise with the schools to become a local hub for golf. There is already a strong network of HSBC Golf Roots Centres in north Hertfordshire that will be able to support the programme and increase golf participation in the area.

Nant Celyn Primary School – South Wales
Nant Celyn Primary has a high percentage of pupils who are eligible for free school meals. It also provides alternative learning opportunities to several students with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and hearing impairments. The HSBC Golf Roots Plus grant will see the school use golf activity to improve pupils’ teamwork and listening skills and include a club for ASD children. The school has identified that activity clubs improve attendance in school so will monitor the students’ involvement. The Funding will allow the purchase of golf equipment, plus training for staff to become golf activator coaches so that golf can be fully incorporated into the school.

St Joseph’s Comprehensive – Port Talbot, Wales
St Joseph’s has created the ‘Pioneer Group’ within its school which is focused on supporting pupils with social, emotional, and behavioural needs and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. The school values the role that sport can play in promoting social skills, resilience and self-confidence and has received funding to run golf activity. The project is being supported by nearby Fairwood Park GC which will give pupils the opportunity to learn about the maintenance and managerial aspects of a golf course (such as green keeping, landscape gardening and machine maintenance) while they learn to play golf.

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