People with Asperger’s syndrome see, hear and feel the world differently to other people. If you have Asperger’s syndrome, you have it for life – it is not an illness or disease and cannot be cured. In particular, understanding and relating to other people, and taking part in everyday life, can be harder. Often, joining a club in order to socialise or to engage in a sport can become difficult and is totally reliant on the support offered by the organisers and indeed its membership. For Joseph, British Inclusive Golf has given 100% commitment in offering their support, constantly working with him to understand his needs both on and off the golf course. This has provided Joseph with a safe and relaxed environment where the entire membership accepts Joseph for his ability not his disability. In addition, this has helped him forge friendships and improve his social skills and he is proud to be a part of the B.I.G. family.
John Vanaman Father of Joseph Vanaman
December 20, 2018
Just wanted to say thanks for the efforts you have put in this year with British Inclusive Golf. As a junior disabled golfer Lewis is limited as to what he can do in golf, or so it seemed until now. This year competing in disabled golf events and representing BIG in a team match has given his confidence a lift but also helped hugely with his social development. Everyone we have met has been fantastic with him and given him nothing but encouragement. We look forward to next year.
P Eccles November 17, 2014
I found B.I.G on the Internet about 2years ago and started to go to the events that they putting on. Later on I got involved in helping put events on for the Stroke foundation to help them to use parts of the body affected by the stroke through golf. I am a R.B.K amputee and find that B.I.G have encourage me to develop and have more confidence with my disability.
D Mountford November 17, 2014
I was involved in an accident in June 2010 in which I lost my right leg below the knee and extensive injuries to my left leg. I was first introduced to Kevin Booth in the winter of 2010 and with his help and encouragement played in my first disabled event in March 2011. With the help and support of Kevin, Cerise and others involved with British Inclusive Golf, I have reduced my handicap to16, won the Barnes Trophy at my golf club in 2012 and the Colson - Osborne trophy in 2013. I have also been lucky enough to have been selected to play in the Auld Enemies Cup and also helped British Inclusive Golf to win the inaugural GB Phoenix Cup this year. Golf has been a massive help towards my recovery and my general wellbeing in life and British Inclusive Golf, Kevin and Cerise have been a massive part of that.
J Irvine November 24, 2014
As my son Lewis approaches his 18th Birthday and moves on from junior golf, I thought it was time to thank the people who have helped him, helped his development, helped his personal growth and open the doors of opportunity for him.
As a 12-year-old golfer junior golfer with Autism, we found an avenue open to Lewis in Disabled golf. We knew nothing about disabled golf or even its existence. His association with disabled golf would change his life. British Inclusive Golf was a major part of that change.
Through his association with British Inclusive Golf he has represented his country (England) against old rivals Scotland and contributed to winning international team matches. He has won individual trophies in inclusive golf competitions for both disabled and able-bodied golfers organised by British Inclusive Golf and taken part in matches representing B.I.G against golf union junior teams.
After being spotted in these matches by Golf Union Team Managers he was offered the chance to become the first disabled junior golfer to ever represent a district team in the Yorkshire Golf Union. A chance that saw him cement his place in the team and this year, his third year in the team, make history with the team winning their first ever inter district trophy. His selection in this team was all because of his involvement with British Inclusive Golf.
Aside from his remarkable achievements with a golf club, British Inclusive Golf and its management have made life for Lewis so much better. His inclusion in team and individual events was the first step to gaining his now undisputable confidence. In time, the opportunities he had, had a huge influence of personal social development and the acceptance of him given by the trustees and members of the organisation helped him develop
Peter Eccles Father of Lewis
December 20, 2018
I would just like to offer my sincere thanks for your help and support with the annual Captain’s Charity Golf Day at Bondhay Golf Club. It means a lot to me that you are willing to support my son Joseph and all sufferers of Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Keep up the good work and we will look forward to the next event.
J Vanaman November 17, 2014
My name is Mike Jones I'm 53 years old and on the 31st of October 2015 had an accident on my motorbike which resulted in my pelvis being smashed and my left leg having a through knee amputation. I was a keen golfer before I lost my leg and I felt that this was going to be a very difficult time for me , luckily I found that I could still play golf through several different disabled associations which allowed me to play in international competitions. One being the Scottish disabled open , during this event I met for the first time Ian Halliwell who introduced me to the organisation British inclusive golf this was a pivotal moment in my recovery. Ian was a very inspirational character as were the people I would go on to meet in the near future from British inclusive golf. They showed me that there was no room for discrimination in a game that everyone was welcome to play they are truly inspiring people. Over the course of the following 3 years British inclusive golf have supported me in many competitions and many countries. This culminated this year when I was chosen to represent Europe in a disabled Ryder Cup style event called the phoenix cup in conjunction with the Scottish disability golf and curling another great organisation who believe in total inclusivity I can't thank British inclusive golf enough for helping me through the most difficult times of my life. All the players that I've played with have been truly supportive and encouraging I have made some lifelong friends both in America Europe and Great Britain please take a good look at their website and see for yourself the work that they're doing.
If there is anyone out there struggling with a disability or any mental or physical condition. B.I.G can help and support you .
Many , many thanks for helping to shape my new life.
Mike Jones January 2, 2019
I joined BIG about 18 months ago, and I can say without question that it was the right decision. Kevin and Cerise and all the fellow members made me very welcome and had such an enjoyable first competition. Earlier this year I was invited to play in the first Phoenix Cup against SDG, and had a wonderful time, again meeting new and disabled golfers. The set up by Kevin and Cerise was again faultless, which made the tournament a great event to take part in for all. They are leaders when it comes to the organisation of special events, not only for the disabled but for all quality of golfer. Again, this is a great organisation and it is a pleasure being a member of British Inclusive Golf (BIG).
T Stewart November 18, 2014