The IGF and its membership are developing and promoting initiatives which raise awareness of golf as an accessible and inclusive sport and support programmes targeted at individuals and groups with impairments to increase participation. Golf is a game that does not discriminate by age, gender, ability, or ethnicity and can be played socially or competitively through various fundamental movement skills in swinging a club and moving around a golf course.
Golf is continuing to provide more ways and opportunities for golfers with impairments generally, and for GwD specifically, to participate in the sport, and is supporting initiatives that actively bring individuals of all ages and abilities together in recreational and competitive environments.
Some of the ongoing initiative around the World:
- The Ukrainian Golf Federation and the Disabled Golf Committee signed a strategic plan for the growth of golf for people with disabilities in Ukraine for 2020-2024. Further information and the strategic plan are available.
- SADGA (South African Disabled Golf Association) and Golf RSA aim to introduce more people with disabilities to golf. With funding provided by the Alfred Dunhill Links Foundation (ADLF), they will organise training courses for 45 South African PGA Professionals to coach individuals with disabilities. Read more here.
- A video on the EDGA clinic organised in Dubai at the DP World.
- A video on the Golf Schools Championship, organized by the Lebanese Golf Federation.
- EDGA’s development team travelled to Poland for a workshop attended by PGA coaches, volunteers and therapists who received expert training to encourage new people with a disability into the sport, and effectively support current golfers with disability.