England Golf and PowaKaddy have given electric trolleys to several of the country’s golf-related disability groups to help improve access to the game.
England Golf presented PowaKaddy electric trolleys, which had been used by its top amateur golfers playing in some of the world’s most prestigious events, to England Deaf Golf, England and Wales Blind Golf and the Disabled Golf Association.
Each group was given the freedom to determine who would be awarded each individual trolley and all used the opportunity to increase engagement with their members and promote their involvement in golf.
For instance, England Deaf Golf chose to award its trolleys as prizes to the winners of the 2014 England Deaf Golf Open, while England and Wales Blind Golf Association put its allocation to use during this year’s Auld Enemies match against Scotland, from which it emerged victorious (pictured).
England Golf Disability Manager Jamie Blair was delighted that the trolleys have been used to encourage participation in the sport amongst disabled golfers. He said: “I would like to thank PowaKaddy for their generous donation. England Golf is proud to recognise that it is not just non-disabled players who represent England throughout the golfing year. A number of disability golf organisations compete on national, European and world stages throughout the year.
“Disabled golfers and those with a long-term limiting condition account for 10% of those playing once a week in England and I know that the trolleys will go to good use and Powakaddy’s recognition of those playing the game, not just elite golfers, is great to see.
“The disability golf organisations run tournaments and are always looking for support for events and for their players. It is the long-term ambition for England Golf to provide support for talented disabled players competing at these levels.”
As official trolley supplier to England Golf, PowaKaddy presents a fleet of its state-of-the-art electric trolleys to both men’s and women’s squads ahead of the golf season each year. This year, the nation’s elite amateurs received the outstanding FW7 model, which has been met with widespread acclaim from media, retailers and the public, alike.
PowaKaddy chairman John deGraft-Johnson spoke of his pride in seeing trolleys once used by the country’s rising stars help to promote and support disability golf.
He said: “Everyone at PowaKaddy takes great pleasure in knowing that we are supporting amateur golf at the highest level as Official Trolley Supplier to England Golf.
“We are just as delighted to know that the equipment no longer required by the national squads is being put to great use by various disability golf associations, providing a tremendous opportunity for their members to enjoy our great game.”