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Ernie Els #GameON Autism™ Golf Training Seminar & Clinic

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GUI National Golf Academy

Carton House Golf Club

Carton Demesne

W23 NN96 Maynooth

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Is this for you?
Are you a PGA Professional (PGA 25 CPD points awarded), an exercise leader, a PE teacher, and/or a golf and autism advocate? if you answered yes to any of these, then it is for you.

What is it?

Ernie Els #GameOn AutismGolf is an innovative program, developed by Els for Autism in collaboration with PGA REACH and The First Tee, that gives children and young adults on the autism spectrum access to the game of golf. The program is aimed at developing social/communication skills, encouraging social interaction and promoting healthy living through golf.Infused with evidence-based practices for teaching golf to individuals with ASD,#GameON Autism Golf is designed to build self-esteem and confidence in a fun, welcoming and supportive environment. The program encourages participants to learn golf skills while practising specific autism learning objectives, including: communication, regulatory, motor and social skills.

The #GameON Autism Golf Facility at The Els Center of Excellence is a hub for training golf instructors on best practices for teaching golf and sports to individuals with autism. It has expanded its reach to Europe and South Africa, and through partnership with the UNESCO Chair at the Institute of Technology Tralee and the Golf Trust UK, instructors/coaches can now avail of training to become skilled in delivering the #GameON Autism golf programme.

The Els Foundation’s second mission pillar is:

The development of global outreach programs that will facilitate the sharing of best practices and programs with the global autism community and beyond.

Through the #GameON Autism initiative, Els for Autism is spreading autism awareness within golf communities. Through education and the development of partnerships with autism organisations, teaching professionals and golf courses, the program’s broader goal is to make golf clubs welcoming and inclusive environments for people on the spectrum.

The mission of the UNESCO Chair is:

To lead a global partnership for social change. The full and effective inclusion of persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others and their full enjoyment of physical education, sport, fitness and recreation, without discrimination, is an essential target of our work.

The UNESCO Chair was winner of the 2019 US-Ireland Research Innovation Award for an Irish Higher Education Institute with US corporate links, for UFIT (Universal Fitness Innovation and Transformation). This is an innovative capacity building programme, based on rigorous research that provides bespoke resources to enable the fitness industry to embrace diversity and provide a quality, accessible service to people with disabilities. UNESCO continues to support Els for Autism research data collation and evidence gathering on the efficacy of the #GameON programme.

The aim of the Golf Trust UK is to showcase the inclusive nature of golf. It seeks to remove barriers to participation so that everyone can play the sport. Its work is predominately outreach focused, taking the sport to inner city communities and places one may not usually associate with golf. The Golf Trust won the England Golf Innovation Award at the England Golf Awards in 2016 for the promotion of golf as an inclusive game across the UK.

What does the training cover?
The characteristics of autism, the relationship between autism and golf, how to host a #GameON Autism Golf Clinic, and the #GameON Autism Golf Program.

Who is it delivered by?
The UNESCO Chair, Institute of Technology Tralee and the Golf Trust UK.

Edel Randles (UNESCO Chair Strand Leader) is a lecturer in the Dept. of Health & Leisure Studies at the Institute of Technology Tralee, in the areas of Sports Development & Management, & Community Leadership. She has been involved in golf for over 20 years, playing (Captain, team managing), administrating (Management, Strategic Planning Committees) and in golf development, as co-ordinator of Get into Golf for Women and Junior programmes. She currently coordinates the #GameOn Autism Golf programme develoment in Ireland. The UNESCO Chair signed a MOU with the Els for Autism Foundation in 2015, whereby MSc Research on the Evaluation of the #GameON programme in Ireland was conducted and it has since run a number of #GameON programmes, enabling participants to become junior golf club members. #GameON Ireland has won the CARA/Sport Ireland Best Inclusive Partnership in 2018, and was a finalist in the Irish Sports Industry Awards (Inclusion category) 2019.

Cae Menai-Davis (Co-founder The Golf Trust) co-founded the Golf Trust in 2012. After leaving school he trained as a professional golfer graduating in 2010. When not playing golf he is based at the Shire Golf Club, working in outreach and inclusion.

The Golf Trust was created to highlight and develop the inclusive values of golf. It believes that anyone and everyone should have the opportunity to play the sport regardless of circumstance. The Golf Trust developed a partnership with the Els for Autism Foundation in 2016, and has since run a number of #GameON programmes througout the UK.

Jake Conroy (Specialist disability golf coach The Golf Trust)

Adam Baker (PGA professional Outreach co-ordinator The Golf Trust)

Who is it hosted by?
The Confederation of Golf Ireland (CGI) at GUI National Golf Academy, Carton Demesne, Maynooth, County Kildare.

Supported by:
PGA REACH, The Golf Trust, The First Tee, UNESCO Chair, PGA (USA, UK, Europe, Ireland) the Confederation of Golf Ireland, and CARA (Ireland).



Timeline: 3 hour indoor didactic seminar, 30 minute break, 45 minute clinic set up, 1 hour #GameON Autism Golf Clinic.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of training, attendees will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of key characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
  • Understand the administration side of coordinating and running the #GameOn Autism Golf Program.
  • Utilise information learned in the indoor training to create proper station set-ups with visual supports for the #GameON Autism Golf Clinic.
  • Utilise communication strategies taught in the indoor training to effectively teach participants with unique abilities and challenges.
  • Properly use visual supports such as commenting boards, social stories, boundary markers, station signs, task analyses to ensure predictability and structure within the #GameON Autism Golf Clinic.
  • Provide accommodations and modifications of teaching strategies based on social/communication needs of each participant.
  • Implement the 2019 #GameON Autism Golf Program.

Accreditation: PGA Members MSR or 25 CPD points for attendance and active participation.

For further information contact Edel Randles: Email: edel.randles@staff.ittralee.ie Phone: +353 (0)66 714 4198

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