Ernie Els #GameON Autism™ Golf is coming to Jersey

Ernie Els #GameON Autism™ Golf is an innovative programme that gives children and young adults on the autism spectrum access to the game of golf. It is aimed at developing social/communication skills, encouraging social interaction and promoting healthy living through golf.

Developed by Els for Autism in collaboration with PGA REACH and The First Tee, it is being brought to the Island thanks to Autism Jersey.

Autism Jersey Director of Services Paul Sullivan, who has been working on bringing the programme to Jersey, said: ‘The programme is infused with evidence-based practices for teaching golf to individuals with an autism spectrum disorder and is designed to build self-esteem and confidence in a fun, welcoming and supportive environment.

‘The programme encourages participants to learn golf skills while practising autism-learning objectives, including communication, regulatory, motor and social skills.

‘This is a really exciting opportunity for the Island.’

#GameON Autism Recreation Co-ordinator Daniel Hulsey (pictured), who trains golf instructors at the Els Center of Excellence, will be in Jersey on Friday 1 June to share his knowledge and enthusiasm with local children and adults – and it’s all free.

In the morning, he will speak to potential ‘coaches’, who could be parents, support workers or golfers who would like to run the programme in the Island. No golfing experience is necessary – but they will learn the theory of #GameON Autism and the key characteristics of ASD.

In the afternoon, Daniel will be based at La Moye Golf Club to meet adults and children who are on the spectrum who would like to try the game. Again, no golfing experience is necessary, and Autism Jersey are appealing for parents, carers and adults to get in touch if they would like to attend. For more information, please email p.sullivan@autismjersey.org.

*Els for Autism Foundation was set up in 2009 by South African professional and former No. 1 Ernie Els, who has a son who has autism. He and his wife Liezl have devoted their efforts to a philanthropic project, the Els Center of Excellence, a world-class facility hosting leading-edge programmes and services that are accessible to families and caregivers around the world.