A Radlett golf club has raised £3,950 through a charity day to keep a golf programme for autistic children running.
Porters Park Golf Club (PPGC) held its open mixed charity golf day in late July in aid of the continuation of a golf programme run by the National Autistic Society’s (NAS) Radlett Lodge School.
The NAS Radlett Lodge School offers specialist provision for children and young people on the autism spectrum and other associated needs. And for over four years the school has run a golf programme, providing weekly lessons for students. Initially, the children start indoors with plastic clubs, until they are ready for the real thing.
PPGC’s ladies captain, Jane Bellis, who hosted the event said: “The funds we raised are absolutely essential to extend the golf programme, which is available for all children attending Radlett Lodge School. There are so many benefits of the programme for the young people. It’s not just about exercise, teachers tell me they’ve noticed improvements in the children’s confidence, concentration and vital social skills, like taking turns and listening.”
Ali Humphrey, who leads the school golf programme, said the funds raised are critical to ensuring the young people have access to a sport they love.
Ali said: “Thanks to everyone at PPGC for the fabulous support of our golf project, we are very grateful. It was a tremendous effort with great results.”
Two students who benefit from the programme said: “I started playing golf when I was 15, learning all the basics in the school hall like the younger children are doing now. And because I progressed very well, I now play every week at the driving range and putting green.”
“For me, playing golf makes me feel calm and confident at the same time, I really enjoy it and have my own set of clubs.”