Disabled Golf Association
The Disabled Golf Association aims to facilitate access to golf for disabled and impaired people in England. DGA have achieved status as a charitable Community Interest Company (CIC) with the sole purpose of getting more people onto a golf course for therapy and general well-being.
Visit their website - http://disabledgolf.org.uk
You may be wondering WHY should you encourage your club to support the work we do?
It truly is amazing the power of the human mind to overcome adversity. Sport can be vital in therapy and rehabilitation of disabled people, as well of course as those with impairments/hidden disabilities. Golf of course compared to other sports, played with a stationary ball, can stimulate neural pathways and I know from personal experience the difference my participation has made on my health having primary progressive MS.
We are formally recognised as a charitable CIC (community interest company) by the Charities Aid Foundation i.e. a not-for-profit limited company.
The DGA has received no funding for two years now from either the R&A or Sport England (who are responsible for Big Lottery funding in sport), though we are at the core of England Golf's Disability Forum; so we are working hard to become financially independent largely based on the goodwill of golf clubs and sponsors in industry. There's a lot of funding available to local organisations so as a national body we struggle to find funding.
We are an INCLUSIVE pan-disabled organisation with over 850 members across the UK including civilian, those in service and most important those who have left the services. You can see how we bring smiles to people's faces on our Flickr website at https://www.flickr.com/photos/disabledgolf/sets
Who are our members?
People just like you, unfortunately disability or impairment can hit at any stage of life. We have over 800 members who include ex service, currently serving and civilians who either have a congenital condition such as Cerebral Palsy/Downs syndrome/learning difficulties/deaf or blind, have had an accident or had to deal with losing limbs or diagnosis of a condition like can MS, Cancer or Parkinson's or had a Stroke.