John Simpson, the Founder, visited the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court in June 2009 and was moved by what he saw and heard. An ever-increasing number of patients were receiving treatment at Headley Court, many of whom were amputees. John spoke to the patients about the opportunities in golf and related this to his own life experience. As a child he had polio and, as a result, has only one fully functioning leg. He has played golf to a good standard since the age of 14 and maintains a successful career in the golf industry.
A large number of patients were enthused by what John spoke about and were excited by the opportunity to participate, compete and work in such a sport. An initial pilot golf skills scheme took place in September 2009, run in collaboration with the staff at Headley Court, and this was a great success.
All this was the genesis of the charity and John set out to formalise the position. His aim was to create a charity (On Course Foundation) to offer injured Servicemen, women and veterans the opportunity to participate in golf on a level playing field with everyone else, either as a player or through employment in the golf industry.
Following the successful pilot scheme, the On Course Foundation was officially launched on 2 July 2010 at the Royal Household Golf Club at Windsor Castle.