It is understood that golf can improve mental, physical and social health whilst providing respite for carers and supporters. Golf in Society data has shown that players make 27 decisions per golf shot, with 33 social interactions experienced during 90 minutes of moderate exercise. An average of 1,010 steps are taken per session.
The £350,000 Golf Clubs as Health Hubs study, funded by UK Research and Innovations (UKRI), will be delivered at Hillsborough Golf Club and Rotherham Golf Club over three months during the summer. Each session caters for 10 individuals and will be delivered by a Golf in Society coach working alongside a Sport for Confidence occupational therapist and physiotherapist. The programme will be tailored to the individual needs of participants.
Researchers from the AWRC and Sport Industry Research Group (SIRG) will measure the success of the programme through a series of participant surveys and health assessments.
The grant was secured through Innovate UKs Scaling Social Ventures competition, which supports social enterprises in developing products and services that tackle the impact of ageing.
Golf in Society is a social enterprise that aims to transform the lives of ageing populations by reimagining and repurposing golf clubs as community-based outpatient clinics. It has been evidenced that for every £1 invested, the GiS programme delivers a return of £16.46 in social value.
Recruiting for participants now!
Are you a carer for someone living with a neurological condition or know someone who is?
We encourage you to get in touch to hear more about getting involved in the project.
Email Liz Fletcher firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.