THE Stroke Association in Warrington has teamed up with England Golf to provide golf lessons for stroke survivors in the area at Fiddlers Ferry Golf Course.

The ‘Get into Golf’ five-week course launched today, Thursday, with weekly sessions giving stroke survivors a one-hour lesson with coach Ged Walters on the driving range and putting green.

Michael Ogden, 56, from Great Sankey, had a stroke two years ago and was a keen golfer beforehand.

This is the first time Michael has had the confidence to try to learn how to play golf again with his left arm after losing function of his right arm and leg.

He said: “My balance has improved as I’m learning how to play golf using the left side of my body.”

Michael, originally from Canada, served as a marine and played golf while in the military.

He added: “I have missed playing golf and I’m looking forward to getting back into it.”

Jane Guy, Stroke Association support coordinator, said: “The golf course is a fantastic opportunity for stroke survivors to meet other people whose lives have been turned upside down by stroke, enjoy some exercise, build their confidence and learn a new skill. 

“Many stroke survivors tell us that after all the effort to save their lives, they can feel isolated when they return home.

“We’re extremely grateful to the team at Fiddlers Ferry Golf Course who have been incredibly supportive.”

Jamie Blair, England Golf Disability Manager, said: “It is great to see the partnership with the Stroke Association develop across the north west and to see the positive approach Fiddlers Ferry Golf Course is taking to engaging with their community.

“Golf can offer a huge range of health and social benefits to stroke survivors. I hope that by working with the golf club and local stroke groups we can continue a strong partnership to bring the benefits of the game to more people in Warrington.”

Stroke survivors across Warrington are encouraged to get in touch if they would like to find out about future sessions.

Contact the Stroke Association in Warrington on 662053 or email