Snooker deal helps people with special needs
A Suffolk golf club has launched a unique partnership with a snooker club in order to teach golf to people with disabilities for free.
TJS Snookerbility is an East Anglia snooker club for people with special needs. Haverhill Golf Club’s two PGA professionals have agreed to teach TJS Snookerbility’s members golf for free, thanks to funding from England Golf, which is trying to expand the appeal of the game and increase participation in golf among people with disabilities.
The snooker players have already experienced a one-hour teaching session at Haverhill, led by the club’s assistant professional, Ollie Rush.
He said: “We did a one hour session with each group, so there were two people in the morning and four in the afternoon.
“We tried some putting and chipping and a little bit of hitting the ball as well, both on our practice green and on the driving range.
“It was all based around having fun and they were really brilliant sessions where they all participated really well and had fun.”
Rush will also be holding five free coaching sessions with the charity Leading Lives, which provides support to people with special needs.
“The more people realise it’s possible, the more people are going to want to have a go,” he said.
Tim Squires, the founder of TJS Snookerbility, added: “It’s fantastic really.”