A golf club helped 20 people with additional needs try golf for the first time as part of its on-going partnership with a sporting charity.
Mid Sussex Golf Club welcomed members of Albion in the Community’s (AITC) Gully’s Days Out programme from Aldingbourne Country Centre and Downs Park School to its course and they were joined by carers, teachers and volunteers for the fun introduction to the sport.
AITC’s Gully’s Days Out team organise trips out for people with additional needs, their friends, family and carers, and Mid Sussex Golf Club is one of a host of local venues and attractions to team up with the charity.
Staff at the course have already been working with Jadey Yesilada - an Albion fan with cerebral palsy who became an ambassador for AITC after joining in with some of the charity’s disability sports sessions.
And the 22-year-old opened the recent fun day with a demonstration of his golfing talents using a specially-designed putter.
A host of coaches from Mid Sussex Golf Club helped introduce the group to golf, by first adapting the putting green before hitting the driving range and teaching them how to hit the ball a long distance.
Mid Sussex Golf Club’s general manager, Andrew Smith, said the course’s staff had enjoyed the day as much as their guests. He said: “It’s not often you get to see so many smiling faces, cries of laughter and have so much fun with a group of children who wouldn’t have this experience every day.
“The teachers, carers and AITC staff should be extremely proud of just how well these guys and girls did, and it is something that we want to offer again later this summer.”
And AITC’s Emma Cook said the charity was extremely grateful for Mid Sussex Golf Club’s ongoing support. She said: “For most of the Gully’s Days Out members this was their first ever opportunity to try their hand at golf.
“With the encouragement of the instructors and volunteers, they all learned new skills and grew in confidence throughout the day.
“We really cannot thank Mid Sussex Golf Club enough for the lengths they went to ensure the day was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
“We are most grateful for their generosity and support.”
For more information on AITC - including how to get involved with Gully’s Days Out visit: www.albioninthecommunity.org.uk
Report and pictures contributed by Richard Morris, Albion in the Community.