England Golf has re-affirmed its commitment to helping golfers with Parkinson’s enjoy longevity in the sport by providing fresh resources for clubs to use in the support and promotion of the game.
Around 145,000 people in the UK live with Parkinson’s and today marks World Parkinson’s Day.
Many golfers in England are currently living with Parkinson’s and this number is, sadly, growing all the time.
However, developing the neurological condition does not automatically mean an end to a player’s ability to enjoy the game.
England Golf continues to work closely with Parkinson’s UK and affiliated clubs to promote golf as a hugely important way for members of that community to enjoy a safe form of physical exercise in a welcoming environment.
As a consequence of our ongoing work, a new suite of resources has been published to help reassure golfers that the sport they love is still there for them – and to assist clubs in adapting to the needs of those living with Parkinson’s.
Assets published below and which will be distributed to all 1,800 affiliated golf clubs include:
- For golfers – guidance on the value in staying active through golf
- For PGA professionals – supporting golfers with Parkinson’s through coaching
Jamie Blair, diversity and inclusion manager at England Golf, said: “We want to increase the conversation around Parkinson’s among golf clubs and golfers; to share the importance of staying active and how this can be done.
“We want to ensure that people with Parkinson’s are aware of all the support outside of the game, but also that the game wants to support them to keep playing.”
Claire Bale, head of research at Parkinson’s UK, said: “People with Parkinson’s often tell us that exercise is just as important as their medication when it comes to managing their symptoms.
“But we know Parkinson’s is a complex condition and there is not a simply a one-size fits all approach when it comes to exercise and physical activity.”
When golf returned on 29 March, many golfers with long-term conditions may have experienced doubts about returning to exercise.
Golf, though, remains a sport which can be adapted to suit individual needs and allow life-long golfers or newcomers to play and be active in a socially uplifting, healthy, outdoor setting.
England Golf’s ‘Play Safe, Stay Safe’ protocols for the return of the game provide added comfort to anyone anxious about a return to sport after lockdown.