Tickenham’s autistic focus
Tickenham Golf Club in Somerset is providing a great junior golf experience for kids of all ages (from four years old!) and all abilities thanks to its passionate team of PGA Professionals, supported as an HSBC Golf Roots Centre by the Golf Foundation.
While a growing number of the students are teeing it up in the county development squads, any child can enjoy golf here, including those with physical and learning disabilities.
PGA Pro Sarah Sutcliffe and fellow PGA Pro Alan Johnston learned how to coach kids with autism and run regular classes; Alan saying these sessions are his favourite classes of the week, using Tri- Golf, StreetGolf and regular equipment.
Some of the young people have gone on to do their Year 10 college work experience at Tickenham Golf Club and this club and college link is proving popular with all concerned.
Jordan (pictured, third from right) is one of these young people (and he loves the work experience!). Jordan has cerebral palsy, autism and poor sight. He couldn’t balance and hit a ball to begin with but has now progressed on to playing a few holes on the course. As he relies on two sticks to walk this marks some incredible progress.
Golf Foundation RDO Tom Sparks said: “Sarah is hugely passionate and a fantastic example of what a proactive club can achieve with Golf Foundation funding, alongside support from the county sport partnership and golf association.”