Golf is a great sport when considering an inclusive activity.
The individuality, the leisurely pace and social nature of golf is very appealing for many people and is a great way to exercise and get outdoors in the fresh air.
All of our HSBC Golf Roots Centres are encouraged to deliver inclusive coaching and many of the projects we support get involved in specific disability sessions.
"Achieving Inclusion Together", drives a vision that disabled people are active for life. It builds upon the success of the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) and sets out the goals for the future, under the new operating name – Activity Alliance. The Golf Foundation supports this vision by ensuring that:
- We support disabled people to enable them to participate.
- Through our initiatives disabled people will have the same opportunity as non-disabled people.
- All our communication will promote positive public attitudes towards disabled people’s participation.
If you are interested in getting involved and would like more information then please contact your local Regional Development Officer.
For ideas and guidance please click on links for further information:
- Variety of training courses offered by our key partners
- Support for primary school teachers through ‘TOP Sports Ability’
- Using the Inclusive Super Sixes guidance document
- How to deliver an inclusive golf session. The basics: STEP approach.
- British Sign Language (BSL) for Golf videos for coaches and junior organisers, made in partnership with the National Deaf Children’s Society.
- Learn more about ‘Disability Language and Etiquette’ (see advice from the EFDS).
Using Flash Cards to teach golf
Flash cards can prove to be a valuable visual tool when teaching young people how to play golf.
They can be especially useful when teaching young people with a range of disabilities who often have excellent visual memory skills compared to typically developed children. By using visual learning techniques, coaches can work to the strengths of children with a range of disabilities.
Here are some of the benefits to using visual guides when coaching young people:
- Visuals are inclusive and non-judgemental
- Visuals have universal appeal
- Visuals can be used to support the processing of verbal language
- Visuals can provide greater clarity in what is being said
- Visuals can support a young person to communicate what they are trying to say, what they are learning or have learnt
- Visuals are transferable between people, objects and places so can help provide consistency
- Visuals can help to build a young person’s independence and confidence
- Visuals can allow a young person to model or mimic what they see
To get the most out of visual learning include the following for even more opportunities for skills to be picked up:
- Use signing or gestures
- Include kinaesthetic movement or resources to support their learning (seeing and doing)