This golf club in Derbyshire has launched a project to keep elderly people active and healthy
Tapton Park Golf Course in Chesterfield has received funding to run a project that will keep elderly people fit and active.
The club has teamed up with Derbyshire Golf to launch the ‘fifty plus golfing academy’, which is designed to improve the fitness of older people through weekly group coaching sessions over a five week period.
The scheme has been praised by England Golf as a great way to ‘improve fitness through playing golf’.
The sessions are for men and women regardless of how good they are at golf, and are aimed at anyone over the age of 50, although they are particularly targeting golfers in more advanced years.
For £50, each golfer will receive four one-hour group lessons, two one-hour lessons on the course and a free made to measure golf club.
Andy Carnall, golf general manager at SIV, which runs Tapton Park Golf Course and three other golf courses on behalf of the charity Sheffield City Trust, said: “The sessions are a great way for older people who are already engaged in sport to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle, and for those who are not already participating to get into sport and improve their cardiovascular fitness.
“The golf coaching sessions cover beginner level right through to established level. All are light and friendly enabling those over the age of 50 to get fit and healthy whilst socialising and meeting new people.”
Derbyshire Golf donated a grant to support the coaching. The money also enabled over 50s to have a limited golf club and course membership for the duration of their coaching.
Nigel Furniss, Derbyshire Golf development officer, said: “We are delighted to support the project being run by SIV in the Chesterfield area, it is really encouraging to see such a proactive approach to helping more adults sustain their participation in golf. The project fits in nicely with our drive to increase the number of adults who are actively involved in golf once a week.”