Date: July 03, 2007

Students design golf program for Special Schools

Four students from Ave Maria College, Melbourne have recently completed a work experience project at Golf Australia which involved research into the design of a golf program for students with an intellectual disability in special schools. The program is being developed as part of Project Connect, an initiative of the Australian Sports Commission designed specifically to prepare sport for the inclusion of people with a disability at all levels from grass roots to the elite. The year 10 students, Sara Barbosa, Jayde Bickle, Maria Govett and Annie-Claire McLean were selected for the project as part of Akorn Educational Services , Science Students @ Work Program. In researching the task, the students experienced a golf lesson, a movement education class run by the Bluearth Institute and visited the Port Phillip Specialist School, where a pilot program will be run in Term 4 2007. At the end of the project, the students presented their findings at a gathering of education and golf personnel and also in an extensive written report. These findings will significantly influence the design of the forthcoming pilot program in which the students will be invited to participate