Golf Fore All Project 

In early July 2019, European Tour Golfer- Graeme Storm-opened the initial phase of the UK’s first autism-friendly golf driving range at our New Warlands Farm site. Graeme described the new facility in County Durham as “truly life-changing”.

The 300-yard range, together with driving nets, has been set up by the North East Autism Society's 77-acre New Warlands Farm, near Burnhope. 

The project is the result of a passionate initiative by keen golfer Sharon Cotterell, who works at the farm as Programme Support Worker. With support from Durham City Golf Club professional Tom Cranfield, Sharon secured Sport England funding to support regular coaching for autistic adults. Following further advice from the Ernie Els Foundation, the new driving range was designed, and Sharon describes it as “just the beginning of a dream”.

Hartlepool-born Storm, who spent time giving coaching tips to autistic adults practising on the range, said:

"This is an amazing opportunity for people who wouldn’t normally get the chance to play golf to be out in the fresh air hitting golf balls. Sharon has done a fantastic job and it is truly life-changing for the adults taking part. It will be fascinating to see it develop over the next year.

Sharon said: “This is just the bare bones – just the beginning of a dream. I can’t believe that it’s really happening.”

     

Alyson Elsy, of South Hetton, says the new facility has transformed the life of her autistic 27-year-old son Stevie Mawhinney. Since starting on the coaching programme, Stevie has become obsessed with golf, playing three times a week and practising his putting on a machine at home.

“Stevie is non-verbal, and we’ve tried everything to get him interested in something, including kites, bowls, remote-controlled boats. But it’s as if he was born to play golf – he gets so much joy out of it and his confidence has gone through the roof.”

It is on this basis we are launching a fundraising campaign to further add to this brilliant initiative and open up the game to people who might not normally get the opportunity. With further plans to develop a par three hole, bunker and putting green - all adding considerably to the site.

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Tee off with us in May!

Golf Fore All is therefore the driving force for organising our own charity golf day, raising additional funds to continue the development of our one of a kind golf facilities. 

Enter a team of four to compete in an 18-hole golf game. All participants will enjoy a breakfast roll, on-course competitions and prizes. Enjoy a BBQ after the game and the opportunity to get involved in our silent auction. The event format and rules will be confirmed soon, tee-times will be starting from 10am. 

The entry fee is £250 for a team and you can book your place by clicking on the enquiry button below or e-mailing fundraising. Please book early to avoid disappointment, it would be wonderful to see you next year. 

Event Information & Fundraising 

Once you've registered, our Events Team will be in touch with additional information.

Corporate Teams

We have opportunities for Corporate Teams to get involved in various ways, including sponsorship opportunities. It's the perfect event to partner with NEAS to help us continue our work supporting autistic people and their families across the North-east, whilst raising your own profile and brand. 

Please email the Fundraising Team for our Corporate Sponsorship Package. 

Support us

If you want to support the event, but don't want to take part in the activities, there are still plenty of ways for you to get involved such as: the main trophy; halfway house; hole sponsor's; and many more...

If you have any queries or would like more information about the event, please email the fundraising team or call 0191 4109974. 


Thank you to all of our sponsors 

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