Tee times for troops - National launch
Active Stirling was proud to host the 'Tee Times for Troops' national launch event which took place on Wednesday 6 June 2018 at Stirling Golf Club. The day was blessed with blue skies and sunshine which set the tone for a very positive day.
The initiative offers veterans free golfing opportunities at 8 clubs within the Forth valley Area. 6 clubs in Stirling and 2 in Clackmannanshire have donated various tee times for veterans in the area to come out and play golf for free. This is not a membership, but an opportunity to play a few different courses and benefit from the social and physical aspects of the sport.
It was a day of two halves with a Shotgun Scramble in the morning and a Veterans Roadshow in the afternoon where partners set up stalls to chat with visiting veterans and network.
Stirling’s Provost Councillor Christine Simpson opened proceedings before the golf began at 10.00am with a shotgun start with 40 veterans teaming up with 40 delegates from support services, national governing bodies and charities. All then enjoyed a 2 course lunch and listened to some background and future plans of the initiative from the lead Allen Gibson. Colin McLachlan from charity Who Dares Cares and hit Channel 4 TV show 'Who Dares Wins' echoed words of support with Colonel Wilkinson, Head of FirmBase Veterans Support Network.

Active Stirling’s Allen Gibson spoke of plans to expand the network of clubs involved as well as exploring new sports and opportunities for veterans with potential links to volunteering and employability programmes through Active Stirling.
He said "Today has been a massive success and the weather set the tone for the day early on. We had around 40 veterans out playing golf today with member of many support services and charities and I hope this has led to more conversation around initiatives like this one. The feedback and support I have had has been overwhelming with Royal backing and support from a whole host of people and charities. We hope now to grow the initiative through more clubs as well as expand the opportunities across more sports and there are early conversations around formulating volunteering and referral links with some of the charity partners. Golf is a great sport for anyone but in particular those suffering with mental illness. The social aspects and low levels of physical activity means it is perfect for someone easing their way back into a more active lifestyle. I am thoroughly looking forward to seeing where this initiative can grow and what more opportunities we can offer. The day has been excellent and thank you to all involved."
The day was concluded by Active Stirling CEO Andrew Bain who thanked all parties and presented the prizes to winners with Councillor Scott Farmer.