The Golf Trust brings people together through golf. Our team of professional golfers and enthusiasts have worked hard over the last four years to show how we can harness the power of golf as a driver of social mobility and change.
Established in 2012 at the Shire London Golf Club by Cae Menai Davis and Frank Harrington it grew from a shared goal of the two men to showcase the inclusive nature of golf. Cae, who had been splitting his time between his playing responsilbilities on the Asian Tour and his involvement with the Shire London, was struck by a broader range of society playing the sport he loves. It was during a visit to Golf Live at The London Club in Kent that he met Frank who, along with Nigel Lawrence, had been invited to provide activities for children and young people through their ComGolf programme. ComGolf aka Community Golf started out as a sports and education outreach programme for the UK male cancer charity ORCHID. The programme used golf as a mechanism to engage people in the awareness message that playing sport and living a healthy lifestyle can help in the fight against cancer. The programme continues to work as a successful arm of the Orchid message and has worked with schools and community groups across the UK. Frank and Nigel’s work with the community using SNAG golf led to wider acceptance within the golf industry and between them they hosted activities at the home of golf St. Andrews and worked during the 2012 Olympics to celebrate golf becoming an official Olympic sport at Rio2016.
The Golf Trust brings together all the various strands of ComGolf and The Shire London’s work with disabilities, creating something that means everyone can experience golf regardless of ability, age socioeconomic status or location. The inaugural Golf Trust Unity Day in October 2012 reinforced these aims as 140 Hertfordshire school children and members of The Shire London joined golfers representing Special Olympics GB and the Disabled Golf Society, for a unique nine-hole golf event celebrating inclusion.
Registered with the Charity Commission (Registered Charity Number 1172134), The Golf Trust’s work has brought the benefits of golf to thousands of young people and helped to make golf an accessible sport for all. In doing so they have shown how golf can be utilised to deliver sporting and social outcomes for young people and communities.