Macdonald Portal Hotel Golf & Spa, one of the leading golf resorts in the North West, is proud to have played host to a 3-day career development course for the On Course Foundation - a registered charity set up by John Simpson, former Senior Vice President of IMG.  The On Course Foundation provides training and employment opportunities in golf, for all members of our Armed Forces who have been seriously injured whilst serving.

 

Gregg Stevenson, a double leg amputee, who has now gained employment in his role as National Liaison Officer for the On Course Foundation, explains what the course means to injured men and women who are retired or still serving in the military: "As a proud and devoted soldier, the British Army was my life. I was completely lost and devastated when I realised that my military career had to come to an end. Through the On Course Foundation, I have found a new lease of life with a clear sense of direction. With their help and understanding, I have started on a very different but equally rewarding career."

 

The 3-day course included golf tuition from top PGA Professionals David Llewellyn and Richard Harrison, followed by competitions on Portal's Championship and Premier golf courses, where our injured Servicemen put their new skills to the test, accompanied by members of the golf club and guests invited by the Foundation.  Staff from the resort's golf team also provided valuable advice on employment opportunities within the golf industry.

 

Andrea Newton, Macdonald Portal's Golf Sales Manager wrapped up what it meant to be involved: "It's amazing that our sport provides such an even playing field for competitive sportsmen and women who, due to such serious injuries, might have found it difficult to compete in other sports.  I'm delighted that we provided courtesy of our golf facilities for this programme, which provides a platform for future employment opportunities."

 

For more information about the On Course Foundation visit www.oncoursefoundation.com