A new project aimed at encouraging children with hearing difficulties to learn golf is being launched today (Monday 26 July) at Ruchill Golf Course.
Glasgow Life, in conjunction with the Glasgow Deaf Golf club, is launching the project, which will provide golf tuition to deaf children from the local area as part of its own Club Golf development programme. Once the young golfers have developed an interest and confidence in the sport, it will allow them to join mainstream clubs and competitions.
If successful, it is hoped the project will be extended across Scotland, creating a development pathway to higher participation levels in deaf golf will inevitably be created. Today’s launch will include a taster session for young deaf children. A further session is being held at the Glasgow Club Gorbals on Monday 2 August.
Councillor Archie Graham, the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, stated: “Today witnesses the first steps taken to provide children with hearing difficulties with specialised golf tuition. Golf is first and foremost about having fun and this programme will allow young children with hearing difficulties to learn the game in a relaxed environment.
“Through our sports development programme we want to ensure that we encourage as many people as possible to take part in sport to ensure we achieve a lasting legacy in communities. It is essential that people from all backgrounds are included in this and that is exactly the case with this new coaching initiative.”
Scotland is hosting the 2010 World Deaf Golf Championship, due to take place in at the St Andrews Fairmont Torrance Course, from 9 to 13 August. The Scottish Deaf Golf Association was aware of its responsibility to establish a legacy of the championships for the future benefit of the deaf golf community within Scotland. The vital part of which is to ensure that deaf children have equal opportunities in the national golf club programme, which intends to introduce children in Scotland to golf, as a legacy of the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.
Ruchill Golf course was designed by Colin Montgomerie. As well as the course a new community facility has been created to provide local people with an opportunity to play, coach and volunteer in golf at a local level. As part of this new facility’s development, a community golf programme has been established that has included the creation of a new junior golf club.