Case Studies

David Benfell

David BenfelIn 2012 injured ex-Para, David Benfell returned home to New Zealand, and built on the lessons he learned during his employment at Remedy Oak Golf Club in 2011, by starting his own business ‘Airborne Golf Solutions’, which repairs and custom fits golf clubs.

Vikrant Gurung

Vikrant GurungVikrant was injured on the 3rd Aug 2009 on Operational Tour in Afghanistan. Pte Gurung was on a foot patrol with 2 Rifles (Regiment) when he triggered an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) resulting in him losing his right leg below the knee, half his left calf, and suffered shrapnel to his left elbow.

G, as he likes to be called, was introduced to golf at our 1-day familiarisation event with the London Personnel Recovery Unit at Royal Wimbledon in February 2012. Since then, G has spent several weeks at Callaway’s European Headquarters in a work experience role within the Marketing department. Read More

Alex Harrison

Alex HarrisonOn a tour in Afghanistan, Alex was shot in the head by the Taliban from a distance of 20 feet, resulting in the loss of one eye. Following a medical discharge from the Army, Alex started a six-week work experience placement in the greenkeeping team at Gainsborough Golf Club (arranged through OCF), and in May 2011, with the support of  The Poppy Factory’s Employment Scheme, Alex gained full-time employment. Read More

Stewart Hill

Stewart-HillFollowing several weeks work experience with the charity, injured ex-Royal Welsh Officer, Stewart Hill joined the staff in the part-time role of Employment Officer in 2012, with thanks to the generous support of The Poppy Factory’s Employment Scheme. During his work experience, Stewart gained a solid understanding of the On Course Foundation Career Pathway and specifically the ‘Enhanced Employment Project 2013′ which he managed. Read More

Chris Howard

chris-howardIn October 2012, injured ex-Rifleman, Chris Howard, began a 3-month placement at Royal Wimbledon Golf Club as a Course Assistant. Chris has since been taken on in a paid role, working at the very club where his passion for golf began (following his attendance at our 1-day familiarisation event at Royal Wimbledon in February). Read More

Gregg Stevenson

Gregg StevensonIn 2009 Gregg, an ex-Royal Engineer, stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device in Afghanistan and lost one leg above the knee and one leg below. Gregg has been involved with the Foundation since day one and attended our first 1-day familiarisation event and subsequent 3-day events. Following his medical discharge and, after a six-week work experience placement,  and with the support of  The Poppy Factory’s Employment Scheme, OCF employed Gregg within the Foundation as a National Liaison Officer, working in the North West. Read More