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Haverhill Golf Club launches free coaching sessions for the disabled

Haverhill Golf Club's assistant pro Ollie Rush taking members of TJS Snookerbility through some golf basics, part of a scheme to get a wider participation in the sport among the disabled. From left: Jane Brown, Ollie Rush, Tim Squire and Gary Robertson.

Haverhill Golf Club's assistant pro Ollie Rush taking members of TJS Snookerbility through some golf basics, part of a scheme to get a wider participation in the sport among the disabled. From left: Jane Brown, Ollie Rush, Tim Squire and Gary Robertson.

The rains thankfully held off to allow Haverhill Golf Club to take members of a snooker group for disabled people through their first ever free coaching session at the club.

The Coupals Road club welcomed members from TJS Snookerbility on Tuesday (Feb 4) for some introductory one hour sessions, all part of a new initiative being run by the club to offer people with disabilities the chance to play golf.

Haverhill Golf Club’s assistant professional, Ollie Rush, took the sessions.

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.”

Mr Rush and the club’s senior professional, Paul Wilby, have begun to reach out to groups or people with disabilities in the area to offer them free coaching sessions after receiving funding from the English Golf Union.

The project specifically aims to increase participation in golf among people with disabilities.

Following the introductory sessions on Tuesday, Mr Rush is going to meet with TJS Snookerbility’s founder, Tim Squires, to see when the group’s members can return to take up a further five remaining one-hour coaching sessions, all free, that the funding entitles them to.

Arrangements have also been made by Mr Rush to visit the Granta Special School in Linton, where he will take individual classes of students through their paces in a one hour session for each.

Similarly, he will also be holding five free coaching sessions with the Haverhill group, Leading Lives, which is also interested in the project.

Mr Rush added: “The more people realise it’s possible, the more people are going to want to have a go.”

 

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