On May 15th Cambridge charity Power2Inspire is holding a charity golf day celebrating inclusion and getting disabled and non-disabled people playing sport together.

The “Cambridge Festival of Inclusive Golf” is being organised in conjunction with the Cambridgeshire County Golf Partnership and will be held at Cambridge Lakes Golf Course on Trumpington Road. It is the first event of its kind in Cambridge and hopes to challenge preconceptions that disability and mainstream sport must be kept separate. Over 70 adult and junior golfers will take part in the day, with disabled and non-disabled people playing on every team. The day will have a “festival atmosphere” with food, competitions and prizes on offer as well as the 9-hole round of golf.

Research carried out by the English Federation of Disability Sport shows that 64% of disabled people want to play sport in mixed ability settings. Despite this disabled people often resort to playing purely “disability sport” or exercising alone. According to Papworth Trust, 72% of disabled adults report facing a barrier to sport.

Power2Inspire was founded by John Willis, a local disabled man and Cambridge University graduate, after competing with two non-disabled friends in a triathlon relay in 2013. Since then Power2Inspire has raised £40,000 for charity and spoken to over 6,500 school children about sport, inclusion and ability. In October 2014 Power2Inspire held a sports day at King’s College School (see the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXHo8w28_zY). John Willis recently won the 2014 Cambridge News Pride of Cambridge Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Cambridgeshire County Golf Partnership (CCGP) is an organisation that looks to support the development of golf within the county, and the Festival of Inclusive Golf has been organised in close collaboration with Adrienne Engleman, PGA Professional and the CCGP’s Equality and Diversity Officer.

John Willis, founder and CEO of Power2Inspire, said:

“I created Power2Inspire a year ago to make a difference to communities and improve both disabled and non-disabled people’s lives. I am overjoyed that the first Festival of Inclusive Golf is to be here in Cambridge, an area that I love and have lived in for nearly 20 years. One of the sports I am really passionate about is golf – I can hit the ball straight but not very far! – so it will be great fun to be involved in a day when all abilities are encouraged to play, to have fun and see what they can do, rather than worry about what they can’t.”

Adrienne Engleman, PGA Professional and Equality and Diversity Officer at the Cambridgeshire County Golf Partnership, said:

“Having coached in Cambridgeshire for over two decades and been involved in national initiatives and campaigns promoting golf, I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about an event! I very much see my role as the Equality & Diversity Officer at the Cambridgeshire County Golf Partnership as promoting golf for all ages, abilities and backgrounds, and in my attempt to encourage people to try out this wonderful sport, it’s crucial for me that golf is recognised as an inclusive sport for absolutely everyone. The first Festival of Inclusive Golf will set a fantastic benchmark for other festivals to come and really get the message out there that golf is indeed for all.”

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Notes to editors

1. Power2Inspire is currently on the Social Incubator East Programme at the Future Business Centre, funded by the Cabinet Office – http://www.socialincubatoreast.org.uk/

2. John Willis was the winner of the “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the “Cambridge News Pride of Cambridge Community Awards 2014 – http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/SLIDESHOW-Winners-Pride-Cambridge-Community/story-23026321-detail/story.html

3. Adrienne Engleman is a golf professional and coach with Cambridge Golf Academy – http://cambridgegolfacademy.co.uk/

4. Less than 1 in 5 disabled people play sport on a weekly basis[i]

5. 70 per cent of disabled people would like to do more sport each week than they currently do[ii]

6. 72 per cent of adults with an impairment report that they have at least one barrier to playing sport[iii]

7. 54 per cent of non-disabled adults report suffering at least one barrier to playing sport[iv]

8. Two thirds (64 per cent) of disabled people would like to play sport with a mix of disabled and non-disabled people[v]

9. https://power2inspire.org.uk

10. http://www.cambridgeshiregolf.co.uk/

 

References

[i] Sport England (2013) Inclusive Sport Prospectus. URL: http://www.sportengland.org/media/186538/inclusive-sport-prospectus.pdf

[ii] English Federation of Disability Sport (2013) EFDS Report: Disabled People’s Lifestyle Survey, p. 42. URL: http://www.efds.co.uk/assets/0000/7297/Disabled_People_s_Lifestyle_Survey_Report_Sept_2013.pdf

[iii] Papworth Trust (2013) Disability in the United Kingdom 2013: Facts and Figures, p. 29.

[iv] Papworth Trust (2013) Disability in the United Kingdom 2013: Facts and Figures, p. 29.

[v] English Federation of Disability Sport (2013) EFDS Report: Disabled People’s Lifestyle Survey, p. 20.