Sky Sports’ Nick Dougherty wants to bring golf to all schools in Great Britain and Ireland with his Unleash Your Drive initiative; The Golf Foundation hopes to use golf to help with children’s mental well-being
Last updated: 09/14/23 at 4:06 pm
The Unleash Your Drive initiative aspires to help change the face of mental health in schools by introducing the game of golf to children from all backgrounds, with stars such as Rory McIlroy backing the project.
Sky Sports’ Nick Dougherty has launched a campaign to introduce golf to all 32,000 schools in Great Britain and Ireland.
The 41-year-old hopes a new campaign aimed at using golf to improve schoolchildren’s mental health will be a “really useful” part of his post-playing career.
Dougherty was a member of the victorious Walker Cup team in 2001 and won three times on the DP World Tour, but Sky Sports The presenter is now a passionate advocate for the benefits of golf as Chairman of the Golf Foundation.
Speaking during the inauguration Unleash your drive The initiative, which calls for every school in Britain and Ireland to offer a six-week “plug and play” program as part of their curriculum, Dougherty said: “What I did as a golfer doesn’t mean much to me.
“I loved the game but my life has evolved. I have a different perspective and something like this program, I think I can hang my hat on that.”
“I can be very proud of that because hopefully you leave something behind that wasn’t there before and that doesn’t always happen in our game.
“For everything golf did for me, I took from it as a player and still benefit from it now, so there’s something really meaningful about being able to do something that gives something back.”
Unleash your drive It is the culmination of five years of research and development tested at primary and secondary school age.
In addition to introducing children to playing golf using plastic clubs and soft balls, the program includes nine main tools to enhance mental strength that have proven effective in improving the mental health of young people.
“Golf has a headspace that other sports don’t have, which allows you to tap into the mental side of children at such an impressionable age,” added Dougherty, who is due to speak to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Golf about the initiative next month. .
“Some of them will walk away and never touch another club again, but I don’t really care. We’ll still give them something of the game. We’re not selling golf, we’re using the game to help grow.” Something better for kids.
“If we can give them some of the great things that we know exist, some of the life skills that come from playing the game, integrity, discipline, work ethic, camaraderie, the ability to deal with anxiety and stressful feelings — then we are giving them life skills.”
Schools can apply to access the program via Unleash your drive The website and the Golf Foundation provide a fully funded toolkit and resources to a number of schools that have been assessed as needing such support.
The Golf Foundation encourages all golfers to enter the initiative’s monthly drawings or fundraisers for one of 72 places in the rankings. Unleash your drive The final is at Wentworth in August next year.
The top three finalists will earn a spot in the BMW PGA Pro-Am Championship the following month.
Join Dougherty and Sky Sports Golf A team as the golf world turns its attention to Wentworth right this weekend Sky Sports.