The main aim of the Partnership is to bring golf to all sections of the community -- men, women and children -- and that includes those with special needs.

We are grateful for the tremendous support we receive in this venture from The Pied Piper Appeal and Active Gloucestershire


Due to the weather in May our usual event had to be postphoned and getting it back into the school calendar proved very difficult.  However, we managed to play in September with the sun shining down on us!

7 teams from 5 schools played the 8 games format on the driving range at Brickhampton Court Golf Club with expert help from the Hartpury College Golf Students.

All the players were resplendent in their coloured t-shirts kindly provided by The Pied Piper Appeal and high fives and cheers were heard all over the course!

In the SLD Category the scores were very tight with 4th place going to Heart of the Forest, closely followed in 3rd by Bettridge and then Milestone but pipping everyone was the Alderman Knight Team.

In the MLD Category the scores were also very close with 3rd place Belmont School second team just beating by their first team (The Golfasaurs) but Alderman Knight took first place again with an amazing score of 1103 points!!

All the players received certificates and medals courtesy of Active Gloucestershire and all the schools received trophies for taking part.

Our thanks go to all the schools and pupils,Hartpury College students, Active Gloucestershire, Brickhampton Court and The Golf Foundation for their support again this year.



2017 NEWS .......


On what must have been the hottest day of May 73 children from Gloucestershire SEN Schools took part in our School Games Tri-Golf Festival.  Each year the field increases with more and more schools wanting to attend.

The Hartpury College Golf and Sports Students stepped up the mark once again and provided great coaching for the event.  Our thanks go to them for all their help, Hartpury College for allowing us to use their rubber crumb, Pied Piper Appeal for all the lovely colourful t-shirts and Sofab Sports for doing all the printing for us.  Tom Hall from Active Gloucestershire was also on site to provide certificates and medals for the winners.


MLD Winners: Belmont Birdies with 824 points

SLD Winners: Bettridge withg 671 points


Our students have really enjoyed the coaching and this is a fantastic way to finish the term - excelent leadership from Hartpury College Students - as always a fantastic well organised event - the children loved this event.

2016 NEWS .........


We were delighted this year to be included in the Schools Games Program with support from Active Gloucestershire.

Following 4 weeks of coaching in SEN Schools with Professional coaches the following schools came together.  Alderman Knight, Bettridge, Belmont, Heart of the Forest, Shrubberies travelled to Hartpury College where the golf students excelled with their support in providing all the games and fun for the players.

All 8 teams were provided with coloured t-shirts provided by The Pied Piper Appeal and all received certificates and each of the schools a trophy for attending the event.

Prizes were played for in two categories - MLD & SLD - with winners in each.

For MLD it was the Belmont Team (Class 4) that took the honors with an incredible score of 783pts

and for SLD Bettridge (Stars) retained their run of success with a score of 608


Belmont Stars Winners

Hartpury College Students 

2015 NEWS .....


Many congratulations to Bristol & Clifton GC on being awarded the Golf Foundation Laddie Lucas Award for their work with inclusion and making a difference to disabled people in the community. The award was presented by Bernard Gallacher at the President’s Awards Ceremony held at the BMW PGA Championships on 20th May.

Caren Mitchell, the club’s Academy Manager, was naturally delighted! "We are very honoured to receive this award from the Golf Foundation. It is an absolute pleasure to work inclusively and we will proudly continue to provide golf coaching for absolutely everyone".


Image  L-R Paul Mitchell (Head Professional), Luke Fraser (Assistant Professional), Bernard Gallacher, Caren Mitchell (Academy Manager), Andy McGreevy (Assistant Pro)

For details of all the Golf Foundation Awards click here

For those who enjoy a bit of history – Google that name Laddie Lucas. It makes interesting reading!

Hartpury students coach Tri-Golf pupils to swinging success

Children with Special Educational Needs from throughout Gloucestershire have been getting into their sporting swing with the support of students from Hartpury College.

Pupils from Alderman Knight, Bettridge, Heart of Forest, Milestone, Paternoster and Ruardean Schools took part in a Tri-Golf fun day tournament at Hartpury College, which was the climax to four weeks of coaching with the individual schools.

Hartpury linked up with partners, Gloucestershire County Golf, to ensure a fun-packed morning was delivered for the enthusiastic youngsters.

The event, which has been run for primary aged pupils with Special Education Needs (SEN) from Gloucestershire schools for the last five years, was generously sponsored by Pied Piper, the county’s leading children’s charity.

Gloucestershire County Golf Development Officer, Debbie Casling, said: “It’s fantastic to see the event continuing to grow, with six schools taking part this year. The students at Hartpury always step up to the mark in making the day a success and this year was no different.”

Tri-Golf is a ‘mini’ version of golf for primary school pupils, which involves the use of adapted equipment and a variety of games designed to provide an enjoyable introduction to the sport.

With Hartpury students helping to deliver various chipping and putting challenges, each school performed brilliantly and received a trophy and certificate at the end of the event.

Paul Johnson, Sport Lecturer at Hartpury, was particularly proud of his student’s efforts throughout the event. He said: “I was delighted to see our young coaches take this opportunity to develop their coaching skills further and I was extremely impressed by their attitude, professionalism and enthusiasm throughout the event.”

Alderman Knight School teacher, Sarah Preece, said: “The Hartpury students worked brilliantly with the kids who, at times, can be fairly challenging to work with. Our pupils’ behavior was faultless throughout the day and they responded superbly to a challenging but fun day for them. The event was superbly organised."

Kobe Adams, a Hartpury College Sports student on the golf programme, said: “Golf sometimes doesn’t get much exposure to younger children when compared to other sports so it was great to see so many of them enjoying themselves playing the sport.”

2015 Winners - Alderman Knight School


2014 NEWS .....


Early this year Andi Moore, Long Ashton member and their Junior Organiser, had a plan!

For some time she had been involved with the Family Link scheme in North Somerset and through this had been providing respite care for nine-year-old Kane, who has Downs Syndrome. Kane very much looked up to Andi’s son, Nathan, who plays golf.  So, of course, Kane wanted to play golf too.

Paul Mitchell, professional at neighbouring Bristol & Clifton GC, runs inclusive golf sessions for children and adults with special needs and so Kane attended some of those sessions – and was bitten by the ‘golf bug’!

This is where Andi’s plan evolved. The Paul Mitchell Golf Academy needed more equipment, like Golf Xtreme kit – so Andi resolved to raise the necessary funds by a charity bike ride from Bristol to London. She did this with Action Medical Research, using most of her sponsorship money to support ‘All Inclusive Golf’.

She is pictured with Kane presenting a cheque for £900 to Caren Mitchell, Academy Manager, who said: “Our huge appreciation goes to Andi! The money will be put to two uses: the first is to purchase the complete Golf Xtreme kit. This kit contains equipment which is much more suitable for use with our special needs attendees as the clubs are more lightweight and the balls are less heavy. The second use is to provide more special needs and disabled sessions, enabling us to teach more inclusively and promoting golf as an ideal sport for all abilities. "

And Andi?

 “Kane is looking forward to more golf sessions soon. And me? I am looking for another challenge next year!”

L-R Caren Mitchell with Kane & Andi Moore


Our Partnership Helps a Very Special Sports Club

21st  February 2014

No Limits – a sports club with a difference – is for disabled young people and their friends and siblings. The club is hosted by The University of Gloucestershire and is held at the Oxstalls Campus, Gloucester.

This week it held a special golfing event and our CDO, Debbie Casling, was there to help the volunteer university students make the hour long session a success – which it certainly was!

No Limits co-ordinator, Jake Pryszlak, described the session:

"It was a fun packed one hour session, showcasing how golf can be inclusive for individuals with disabilities and their parents. We had 16 participants, plus several parents. Individuals were included in all activities, with help from the No Limits volunteers. Without doubt, from talking to everyone, it was very enjoyable. Parents commented how much fun the session was and how engaged their children were. A great night! “

And he added “It was great to work with the County Golf Partnership which offers a range of activities for individuals with disabilities and have a great programme on offer to schools, clubs and other groups in the county.”

Congratulations to Jake and the No Limits team!


     The University No Limits Team



2013 Stories

Golf at the National Star College

An Amazing Experience – for Coaches as well as Students!

On Tuesday 18th June the Partnership took golf to The National Star College at Ullenwood. With PGA coaches Steve Scott-Bowen, Andrew Etherington and Jamie Casling and with the help of Kayleigh Hunt (a member of the College sports staff), our Development Officer, Debbie Casling organised a 'taste of golf’ for the students.

The College is a provider of specialist further education, training and personal development, for young people aged 16 to 25 with complex physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries and associated sensory, learning, medical, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

It was a really great day!

In Debbie’s words: “What an amazing experience this day was!

“We filled the sports’ hall at the Star College with the inflatable net, three velcro targets hung from the walls and our indoor putting green.

“Then groups of students began to arrive  -- some in their wonderful highly manoeuvrable  wheelchairs and they all thoroughly enjoyed the experience. 

“The day was full of surprises - one student, Adam, was amazing! He started off with a Golf Xtreme club and soon moved onto a rescue wood, driving the sticky balls at the velcro targets.  He told us that he plays on Saturdays at the Star Golf Course.

“At the end of the day we were presented with a letter from the students saying thank you for coming and could we please come every Tuesday !

“We have organised another event to take place in September and maybe we can move this forward and get some of the students playing on their lovely adjacent course.”

From Steve Scott-Bowen, Disabilities Tutor for the PGA in the South West

"I was delighted to be invited to work with the Gloucestershire County Golf Partnership delivering golf to the many students at Gloucestershire's Star Centre Foundation College.

“It was a real pleasure coaching and having fun with the students who had a fantastic time learning new skills using the adaptive equipment making golf accessible to all.

“We saw some very talented young students who could move onto elite performance as well as students who experienced golf for the first time. They loved the experience and hope to play more golf now that they have discovered just how fun it can be despite any individual impairment they may have.”

And from Andrew Etherington

"I was in awe of the National Star College when I first arrived, having not been there before; it is a very impressive College that caters for its students in every possible way.  This was eclipsed by the quality and enthusiasm of the students who participated in the golf lessons.

They all entered into the fun side of things straight away and had a go at all the challenges we had set up, with several of them excelling; one student managed full marks on the target game, a feat the Golf Pro's couldn't match!

As a taster session, this is certainly one of the best I have had the opportunity of helping with and I hope that many of the students will continue to play golf.  They certainly have the chance to do so because they have a golf course on-site.

I really look forward to helping out again in September when the College have organised another taster session for other students."

 Finally from Jamie Casling:

Having not experienced disability coaching before I did not really know what to expect. I was amazed by the amount of talent amongst the pupils who gave golf a go. It was extremely satisfying to see them hit some fantastic shots and watch their delighted, and sometimes amazed, faces when they hit the targets!

And the verdict from the students? Well – one commented ‘It was the best Sports session I have ever had!’







Twenty-six young people from four SEN schools, Belmont, Milestone, Heart of the Forest & Bettridge, took part in a very special golf event organised by the Gloucestershire County Golf Partnership at Hartpury College this week (June 12th).

For the past five years the Partnership has been holding TriGolf Festivals for younger children from SEN schools in the area – then the secondary schools asked to be involved too.

So local golf professionals swapped their TriGolf equipment for Golf Xtreme kit, went into the schools and began preparing the students for their very own tournament – the first ever SEN Super Sixes event.

This is an exciting new Golf Roots format which can be set up anywhere – in this case on Hartpury College’s driving range. The course is made up of six holes incorporating hazards such as bunkers, ponds and out of bounds using different coloured cones and players use TriGolf or Golf Xtreme kit.

And if the laughter and high fives were anything to go by – the youngsters, and the College students who helped them, all voted it a very good day!

Many thanks to Hartpury College for a wonderful venue, to the College students for their help and leadership, to the players and, of course, their teachers for bringing them along – and particularly to Alan Beard for his dedication in preparing the Hartpury students for the event and for his support for  the Partnership.

Results: 1st: Belmont School First team. & 2nd:Milestone School


A very happy crowd – players, organisers and Hartpury student helpers   The winning Belmont School Team



More than 50 children with disabilities from six local SEN Schools took part in the annual SEN Para TriGolf Festival at Hartpury College on Wednesday 8th May.  The event, organized by Gloucestershire Golf Partnership and sponsored by The Pied Piper Appeal, was its usual great success!

Coaching Professionals from local Golf Clubs had gone into the schools for four weeks before the tournament to coach the children with the equipment and to familiarize them with the games – and just to make sure they were all ready for the fun!

On the day the children were resplendent in their coloured t-shirts and shouts of joy were heard all around the rubber crumb pitch.

The Hartpury College Golf and Sports Students, who had received coaching for the event, took to the challenge of running the games stations with the children.  Here are some of their comments:

Hannah Stradling: “We learnt how to cope with different situations and how to provide for varying children’s needs. It was a very beneficial experience for everyone involved.”

Sarah Riddell: “Coaching today was very helpful as we got to teach the basics to all the children. We learnt how to take control and keep all the children safe. It was nice to see the children learning and having great fun”

Matthew Aston: “I really enjoyed the opportunity to share my love of golf with the children. This is definitely something I would like to do in the future”


Winners MLD Category:  Alderman Knight School

Runners-up MLD Category: Belmont School

Winners SLD Category: Bettridge School

Runners-Up SLD Category: Milestone, Heart of the Forest and Paternoster Schools

 Coaching now starts again in the schools with GolfXtreme equipment for the ‘Super Sixes’ event to be held in June at Hartpury College.

 Super Sixes is a new competition format developed by Golf Roots for secondary school pupils using the adapted and popular GolfXtreme equipment.  It is played in teams of six over a six hole course.

Photographs to follow

2012 NEWS


‘Lifting the cloud of limitation’ …. those were words quoted by Lord Coe in his closing speech at the 2012 Paralympics.

And nowhere could those words have been more true than at the Paralympics’ Live Site on the beach at Weymouth where some 1000 people a day tried various sports, including golf – and where wheelchair bound Susan returned each day with the words ‘I didn’t know there was golf for me!”

Funded by Sport England through Active Dorset, the site was smaller than the Olympic live site, but just as full of opportunities for all to try different sports. The golf was offered by the Dorset and Gloucestershire Golf Partnerships, with volunteer help from local golf clubs.

Lord Coe dropped in – officially for a 20 minute visit, which turned into more than an hour, with visits to all the stands.

But the comment most heard throughout the five days of fun for all was: “Do we have to wait another four years before this sort of thing happens again?”

We certainly hope not …. and the County Golf Partnerships throughout the South West Region are already planning to help each other to deliver golf to all in the coming years.

Finally Thank You to Active Dorset and the team of Sports Makers for their amazing support.

Footnote: Already we have had enquiries from those inspired by the Paralympics asking how they can start! Keep those requests coming! 


The Paralympics Live Site at Weymouth


 Pied Piper Golf Tournament ….. The Partnership Delighted to Help!

The Pied Piper Appeal Charity has backed the Partnership’s Para Golf Project all the way … so we were delighted to be able to help them when they held afund-raising golf Tournament at Brickhampton Court GC on 12th July, sponsored by Blade Group.

Despite of a day of blustery showers, the tournament was hailed a great success raising around £8,000.

 Phil Vickery, Pied Piper vice patron and Gloucester rugby legend, joined in and proved a dab hand at the golfing challenges!

“I have been involved with Pied Piper for over 10 years, and being a vice patron means it is something very close to my heart. Importantly for me, is letting kids know that they are being thought about, and provided for,” he said.

The tournament included 18 hole, four ball, and better ball competitions. The guests also enjoyed a splendid presentation dinner and auction.

The Pied Piper Appeal was founded in 1992 to improve the lives of sick children in Gloucestershire. It was initially created to fund a new children's hospital for the county.

The appeal now reaches out to help sick children from across Gloucestershire in many different ways.

For more information, call 08454 226119 or visit

Phil Vickery practising!


(Photos courtesy of Moose Marketing &pr



May 18th 2012

 The excitement was tangible as 42 players from five special needs schools across the north of the county took part in the SEN Para TriGolf Festival organised by the County Golf Partnership at Hartpury College this week.

More than 20 Hartpury students joined the teams to make sure everyone had a great competitive day.

The players, from Milestone, Bettridge, Paternoster, Heart of the Forest and Alderman Knight Special Educational Needs Schools, donned their brightly coloured team shirts,  provided by The Pied Piper Appeal, and took on the golfing challenges.

All had been part of schools’ projects with local golf professionals and were eager to show their new skills. Scores were close with Alderman Knight winning the Moderate Learning category and Bettridge the Severe Learning.  The trophies were presented by Wendy Fabian, from The Pied Piper Appeal which has sponsored the Partnership’s Para Golf Project from its beginning three years ago.

The Hartpury students can be more than proud of their contribution. Co-organiser Alan Beard and Paul Johnson, both lecturers at the college, were delighted with the professionalism of their students and the way they quite simply  “made it fun, enjoyable and exciting for all the children involved.”

First year student George Morris described how the experience was for him: “I was very apprehensive to start with, but thoroughly enjoyed coaching the children. The highlight for me was the reaction from one of the boys after he hit the ball in the air. It was one of pure delight and I even got a high five!”

SEN TriGolf Festival 2012
           Competition!          Hartpury Students             A bit of Tuition



The Partnership was asked by Active Gloucestershire to provide golf in their  'Summer of Sport' programme for holiday activities for disabled children aged 8-16 years.

Sadly there was a bit of a hiccup with the promotion and advertising for the events so numbers were small ….. but all involved had a great time.

There were two venues.....  the first at Deer Park School, Cirencester with Kirsty Taylor and the second at GL1 Leisure Centre in Gloucester with Stuart Archibald.  Both venues offered children both Tri-Golf and Golf Extreme.

Let's hope for better numbers next year.





Kirsty Taylor teaching distance control



Forty two children from Special Educational Needs Schools -- and 18 first year Hartpury College students – had a great time playing golf at the College yesterday (May 25th).

The youngsters from four SEN schools – Heart of the Forest, Belmont, Bettridge and Milestone -- were enjoying the TriGolf Festival organised by the County Golf Partnership and sponsored by the Pied Piper Appeal. And the Hartpury students, who had all attended a special workshop to teach them how to get the best from the Trigolf equipment, were helping them do just that!

Each of the schools’ teams had previously been introduced to golf by local professionals as part of the Golf Partnership’s inclusion programme, aiming to bring golf to all sections of the community.

It is a project which interested the Pied Piper Appeal from its beginning three years ago, and the Appeal now provides equipment to be used by youngsters across the county.

Was it all a success? The Partnership’s Development Officer, Debbie Casling, had this to say: “If you go by the cheers that went up when asked if they all enjoyed the event I think it was certainly successful and I hope that next year we will have more schools involved.”

The Winners! Belmont School with Pied Piper Appeal trustee, Wendy Winfield, who presented the prizes   1st year Hartpury College students who helped make the Festival such a success! THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH!
Bettridge School in action   Heart of the Forest school with professional Stuart Archibald



Here are some of the events the Partnership was involved with last year


Around 100 youngsters enjoyed this year’s SEN Youth Games held at Plock Court, Gloucester, at the end of September.

Organised by Active Gloucestershire, the Youth Games is an event for disabled children and children with special educational needs (SEN) from Gloucestershire Special and Mainstream Schools. Many sports are available to students on the day and our Tri-Golf and Golf Extreme form just a small part of this exciting day. This is what Anne Andersen, lead contact for Active Gloucestershire, had to say about us:

“The Gloucestershire Golf Partnership’s commitment to development of opportunities for disabled young people is outstanding. It was with great pleasure that Golf was included in the Youth Games 2010 programme.

Due to the weather, we had to change the event schedule at the last minute and we were very grateful for the support and understanding we had from the Partnership.

After each session pupils were asked to rate the sessions with ‘like – unsure – dislike’. Of the 81 children taking part in this rating, 71 liked the sessions! So there is no doubt that Golf is very popular amongst our Youth Games Participants.”

Thank you to CDO Debbie Casling, professional Peter Dangerfield and Alan Beard leading our volunteers!






This time last year we were piloting our first Para project at Bettridge Special Needs School in Cheltenham….. and wondering whether or not the youngsters would enjoy golf.  

To say that it was successful is an understatement, illustrated by the fact that now we have just completed no less than seven new projects using not only TriGolf but, for the first time, Golf Xtreme.

Our projects for 2010 were held at Bettridge and Belmont Schools in Cheltenham and Brimsham Green and Culverhill Schools in Yate, led by our Gloucestershire Professionals Dave Finch, Gareth Bennett, Bruce Wilson, Tom Pratt, Andrew Etherington and Adrian Smith and helped by our superb Volunteer Squad.

Some of the students progressed to moving out onto our courses, to get the feel of the real thing. Many thanks to Chipping Sodbury, Cleeve Cloud and Cirencester golf clubs for making this great experience possible.

The young people enjoyed the programme so much that, like Oliver Twist, they have asked for more! So we are planning a Festival of Skills for some time in September when they have returned to school after the summer holidays.

Watch this space for dates!







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