Last month, Falkirk Golf Club, in conjunction with members of Scottish Disability Golfers, held its first event for golfers who have additional support needs.
Falkirk Council’s major Community Choices award was presented to the club earlier this year and the event marked the completion of work outside the clubhouse and on the course.
Celebrating its centenary this year, the Camelon-based club has applied to the fund to improve accessibility for people with reduced mobility.
Anyone using the site – before the work was carried out – faced steep deteriorating steps, uneven surfaces and access via an emergency exit from the changing room.
Now a new ramp has been installed in front of the clubhouse, allowing direct access and there are also improvements to the paths on the course allowing buggy users to experience safer playing conditions.
Club captain Nicky Barr said: “The funding means people with reduced mobility and wheelchair users can now more easily access the club and navigate the course using the new working paths. It was so important for the future of the club and allowed us to host this event recently.
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“The previous arrangement meant that some people who attended family events such as funerals or wedding receptions had great difficulty gaining access to the club – it really meant that some felt left out.
“The Community Choices award has allowed us to make our club much more accessible, to ensure that more people can participate in the sport and ultimately to make us a much more inclusive club that can offer a lot to our local community during another 100 years.”
Falkirk Council Leader Cecil Meiklejohn said: “To date, Community Choices has paid around £2million to over 100 local organizations since its launch in 2021. The
the funding provided to the Falkirk Golf Club has enabled more people to access its facilities and it can continue to support the local community.
The next phase of Community Choices is set to open for applications on October 17.
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