The Burroughs AwardWINNER: The Sheffield Inclusive Golf project provided fully accessible and inclusive golf sessions for a group of young people with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities.
The Burroughs Award is presented to an individual who has made particular progress in golf in the face of adversity or a project that has made efforts to create opportunities for those with special needs.
Following the coaching sessions, a Special Olympics Golf Club was then formed to offer participants the opportunity to take part in the Special Olympics National Games which will be held in Sheffield later this year.
A number of young people in the project received the prize on the Wentworth stage, led by the highly respected PGA Professional Peter Ball, who has coached this team.
Peter said: “What these young people have achieved is brilliant. Everyone here today is used to dealing with public situations and conversing with strangers but for a number of our group this kind of thing is a huge challenge for them, dealing with new situations can be very difficult. But this golf project has been great for building their confidence gradually, developing new life skills that can help in their day-to-day lives while making some friends for life. Each person has benefited in different ways. In return, I have learned so much from them, which has been a privilege.”
Picture: Sheffield Inclusive Golf team receive award from Sandy Jones (Getty Images)