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Recovery through Golf: Our beneficiaries inspire others

(Published 26th February 2015)

1374963_783071841770162_4196873379986945500_nPaul Swain is a proud Member of On Course Foundation and Afghan War veteran, who lost part of one arm & suffered serious injuries in an explosion in Helmand Province. Paul has used golf as his main rehabilitation, winning competitions in America and in Britain, and was the inspirational guest speaker at the farewell dinner of Robert Hardie, Branston Golf Club’s retiring captain.

Following extensive treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and rehabilitation at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre in Surrey Paul rekindled a childhood love of golf with our help. A former staff sergeant with 9th./12th. Lancers, Paul commented on the importance of golf in his rehabilitation: ‘Having lost the job I loved, half of one arm and the companionship of mates in the Army I’ve been very fortunate to join the On Course Foundation and compete in golf on a level playing field making new friends and enjoying the wonderful game of golf’ ‘That and the public acceptance of what I do has given me a new purpose in life’ he added.

‘Having enjoyed a day’s hospitality at Branston Golf & Country Club with its amazingly friendly Clubhouse, pool, gym & superb looking courses and magnificent golf facilities I’m convinced it’s one of the finest and most successful club’s in the Midlands and I’ll be coming back to play here’ said Paul.

We’re incredibly grateful to all at Branston Golf & Country Club for their support, and for making Paul feel so welcome.

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Want to help us make a difference? Join our team.

(Published 23rd February 2015)

 

We’re looking to recruit two talented individuals that are passionate about making a difference.  As the only Services golf charity that supports wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans through golf, we have a clear vision and are looking for exceptional candidates to help deliver and develop our operational activity with a focus in the Midlands and North of the UK.

No two days are the same with us and you will be tasked with managing all operational activity in your area of responsibility to ensure successful delivery of the charity’s employment and event programmes as well as sourcing fundraising opportunities.  You will need to be a proven self-starter with exceptional people skills to effectively network and liaise with the military and golf communities as well as building strong relationships with our beneficiaries.

The successful candidates will have demonstrated previous experience of managing successful events at a variety of levels.   Exceptional organisational and time management skills and the ability to multi–task and work remotely are also essential for the role as is the willingness to travel long distances with frequent overnight stops.  It goes without saying that an interest in golf and knowledge of current military and/or defence recovery issues is desirable.

If you are up for a challenge and are keen to work in a dynamic and forward thinking organisation that provides life changing support to its beneficiaries then apply by submitting a CV and covering letter through http://goo.gl/l5Z6T5  highlighting how you meet the role criteria.

For an informal discussion please contact our Operations Manager Alex Woolston.  The Closing Date for applications is 9am on Monday 16th March and interviews will be held at our head office on either Monday 30th March or Thursday 2nd April. These roles are also being advertised on CharityJob.co.uk and you can view the role profile here: http://www.oncoursefoundation.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Regional-Events-and-Employment-Manager-Role-Profile.pdf

 

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Fancy a challenge?

(Published 10th February 2015)

On Course Foundation has partnered with Tri Spirit Events, and we’re pleased to be able to offer places at the Brett Ashford Triathalon on June 14th. If you’re a keen tri-athlete, or would like to compete as part of a team, we’d love to have your help in raising vital funds for our cause. For more information on how to participate, please email info@oncoursefoundation.com, tweet or call us.

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Founder John Simpson leads the way with revolutionary device

(Published 6th February 2015)

John Simpson-03On Wednesday,  our Founder John Simpson became the first patient in the UK to be fitted with new computer-controlled exoskeleton. The new leg brace, from Ottobock, has been launched in the UK to help people living with partial paralysis, spinal injury, post-stroke and post-polio syndrome walk naturally again. The device is the only exoskeleton of its kind; the carbon fibre brace uses a built-in microprocessor and sensors which allows the knee to control all aspects of the walking cycle and can be worn on either one or both legs.

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve had to walk with a locked-knee, which is awkward, cumbersome and puts great strain on my lower back,” explains John. “Over the years I tried new braces, supports and therapies, but nothing helped me walk and so I stuck with my original steel calipers. In all the years I’ve been wearing calipers, the most innovative development until now was the addition of Velcro, so this is a revolution. I can walk naturally again, without fear that my leg will give way, leading to a fall. I can walk downstairs with a bent knee and without fear as the brace provides support intuitively. It’s going to change my life”.

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Launch of the Ambassador Initiative a great success

(Published 29th January 2015)

oc blog1Yesterday we launched the Ambassador Initiative, with over 20 Ambassadors in attendance. Although the weather was damp and dreary, spirits certainly weren’t, as staff congratulated the Ambassadors on their achievements to date, and encouraged them to keep their great efforts up. The Initiative aims to spread awareness of our cause, and boost engagement in military and fundraising communities. Stewart Harris, our Regional Ambassador from Rhyl who joined the On Course Foundation last year, was one of many who came to the event in Stratford upon Avon to meet with the other Ambassadors, and receive a token of thanks from Founder John Simpson. “A round of golf with three other people who have been through similar experiences has proven to be better therapy than any counselling session”, Stewart remarked yesterday. “The On Course Foundation has helped me become a better person on and off the course so I am very proud to represent them as one of their Ambassadors for Wales.”

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Ambassadors proudly announced at The Welcombe

(Published 28th January 2015)

IMG-20150128-WA0002Today we proudly launched our Ambassador Initiative during a ceremony held at the Welcombe Hotel & Golf Resort, Stratford Upon Avon. The Ambassador Initiative aims to honour those Members who have given back to the charity, not only recognising their great work, but encouraging them to spread even more awareness of what we do and how we can help others. With a strong media presence, Founder John Simpson and Managing Director Steve Holt congratulated the Ambassadors on the work that they have done so far, and outlined our vision for the future.  As Ambassadors, individuals will formally represent the On Course Foundation at fundraising events and golf days.  Ambassadors will also become spokespeople for the charity sharing their story and widening awareness of how golf can help in the rehabilitation of current and ex Service Personnel.

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Upcoming Ambassador Initiative Launch

(Published 26th January 2015)

Ambassador Initiative Launch

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Stewart Golf Joins Forces with On Course Foundation

(Published 16th January 2015)

The On Course Foundation is pleased to announce that Stewart Golf has become the latest company to employ one of our Members. Rob Hansen has been taken on as part of the build team for Stewart Golf’s powered trolleys, which include the X9 Follow, X9 Remote and F1 Lithium. See the full story here: http://www.stewartgolf.com/blog/stewart-golf-joins-forces-with-the-on-course-foundation/.

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Leaderboard Golf presented with OCF plaque to honour their ongoing support

(Published 7th January 2015)

AW and David Colyer, Director of Leaderboard Golf, Oxfordshire Jan2015Yesterday our Operations Manager Alex Woolston was proud to present a plaque to David Colyer, Director of Leaderboard Golf at their Oxfordshire venue.

On Course Foundation are incredibly grateful to Leaderboard Golf for their ongoing event support to the charity.

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Cranleigh Golf & Country Club

(Published 12th December 2014)

2Our thanks to Cranleigh Golf Club Captains, Margaret Turnbull and David Fowler who worked tremendously hard throughout the year to raise over £11,000 for the charity.

Several of our Members had a great day at Cranleigh earlier this year at the club and thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone.

On Course Foundation Member, Martin Wade, was presented with the cheque.

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