Lancs clubs help stroke survivors

LANCASHIRE clubs have been working with the Stroke Association to deliver Get into Golf sessions.

The game has been identified as an option for people recovering from a stroke and its health and social benefits are seen as positive factors in the rehabilitation process.

A number of people who had taken part in the sessions came together at Mytton Fold Golf Club

Club Support Officers for England Golf, covering Lancashire, have been working with local Stroke Association staff survivors to establish a pathway into the sport.

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Debbie Barber, from Lancashire GDG, said: “For anyone who has had a stroke the road to recovery can be a long one. Golf is just one way of helping them regain their physical fitness while regaining their confidence to get out and about and meet up with people.

“By taking part in sessions with people in a similar situation, it has encouraged an atmosphere of camaraderie and mutual support.

“From the small beginnings of the pilot scheme – which involved clubs in Blackburn, Rochdale, Lee Park in Liverpool and Fleetwood – we now hope to roll this programme out to a wider audience.”

Members at Mytton Fold were on hand to support the 16 players in a six-hole competition out on the course, while a further 20 stroke survivors took part in an indoor putting contest.

Pictured are John Collins and Ray Brown, from the Bowlee Park Golf Driving Range scheme, Rochdale, and the Rochdale Stroke Association, were winners on the day

Barber added: “We are grateful to Fairway Credit, the Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs, England Golf and the Golf Foundation for donating prizes and to all the volunteers who have supported this programme.”

Joanne Mundey, Stroke Association support co-ordinator, said: “More people than ever before are surviving a stroke. But many stroke survivors tell us that they can feel isolated when they return home.

“The Get into Golf sessions provide an opportunity for stroke survivors to socialise with others who are also experiencing a life after stroke, benefit from exercise, build their confidence and enjoy learning new skills.

“We’re thrilled the course has been really popular with local stroke survivors and would encourage people to get in touch should they like to get involved in any future sessions.”

Future plans include the formation of a Stroke Survivors Golf Society for survivors and their support workers.

Further details are available by contacting your local club support officer or the Stroke Association.

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