Marc Warren visits Gullane to launch Mindroom as Official Charity for 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open

Mindroom is an Official Charity for the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open
Mindroom is an Official Charity for the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open

Scotland’s Marc Warren, a three-time winner on The European Tour, today visited Gullane Golf Club to help announce the appointment of Mindroom as Official Charity for the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, to be played over the unique Championship Course at Gullane from July 9-12.

Marc Warren, currently ranked 53rd in the world, joined representatives from Mindroom, Aberdeen Asset Management, VisitScotland, The European Tour and the host club to launch a set of initiatives which will raise substantial funds for the charity.

Mindroom, established at the start of the new millennium, works with the parents and carers of children and young people with learning difficulties throughout Scotland and offers independent support to enable them to reduce family stress and bring about better outcomes for the child.  It is an independent Scottish charity committed to raising awareness of all types of learning difficulties. With at least five children in every class having some kind of learning difficulty, experts believe that if not properly identified and accommodated, learning difficulties will become the next big public health problem of our time. Mindroom guides the parents and carers through a maze of issues and helps them access essential services from Health, Social Care, Education and Voluntary Agencies.

Meanwhile, The Tour Players Foundation (TPF) – the charitable arm of The European Tour and Aberdeen Asset Management who both endorsed Mindroom as the 2015 Official Charity – have joined forces once again developing a series of charitable initiatives to be launched in conjunction with this year’s campaign which should ensure that a substantial sum is raised and leave a strong legacy from the golf tournament’s visit to East Lothian.

Scotland’s Marc Warren, a three-time winner on The European Tour, today visited Gullane Golf Club to help announce the appointment of Mindroom as Official Charity for the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open
Scotland’s Marc Warren visited Gullane Golf Club to help announce Mindroom as Official Charity for the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open

A recent addition to Aberdeen Asset Management’s team of golfing Ambassadors, Warren, who came agonisingly close to winning the Scottish Open title in 2012 and finished third last year, commented:

“This is a tournament very close to my heart for obvious reasons, and it’s great that Mindroom should be appointed as the Official Charity of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

“With the event coming to Gullane for the first time just two months from now, it is rewarding to know that we are able to raise valuable funds and also increase the awareness of Mindroom’s outstanding charitable work throughout Scotland thanks to a series of exciting fundraising initiatives during the event week.”

This year will see the continuation of the Championship’s charity Birdie Pledge, which sees a set amount pledged by the TPF and the title sponsor, Aberdeen Asset Management, and which will take place during the four rounds of the championship.

Spectators can also play their part by supporting Mindroom by buying tickets in the Championship Grand Prize Draw, a donation of £1 per ticket will give the chance of winning a number of fantastic prizes, such as tee times for four golfers at Scottish Open venues past and present.  100% of donations will go directly to Mindroom.

Peter Adams, Championship Director of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, said:

“On behalf of the European Tour and the Tour Players Foundation, I would like to thank Marc for his generous support to the Official Charity Launch at Gullane Golf Club today.

“Marc’s presence here underlines the importance of the Championship embracing a very deserving Scottish charity. We are all looking forward to a highly successful partnership between Mindroom and a tournament which ranks among the very best on The European Tour as can be seen by the quality of this year’s field, which brings together Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson and Scotland’s very own Ryder Cup winners, Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher, in this spectacular golfing enclave in East Lothian in July.”

Stephen Docherty, Head of Global Equities at Aberdeen Asset Management, added: “It is with great delight that we are able to announce our support of Mindroom for this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. A big thank you must go to Marc for showing his support today to what is such a worthy cause, and we look forward to helping Mindroom raise funds in an exciting Scottish summer of golf.”

Paul Bush, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said:

“The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open is well known for undertaking some very innovative charitable initiatives with great backing from the players as Marc has illustrated today. I am delighted that Mindroom, an organisation which does great work in the Lothians and across Scotland, will benefit from the 2015 tournament at Gullane in Scotland, the Home of Golf.”

Sophie Dow, Founder of Mindroom, commented:

“We are so grateful for this opportunity to highlight the needs of children and young people with learning difficulties and raise funds to enable Mindroom to help them get the best support possible.  Unless you have close connections with a child who has ‘additional support needs’ it may be very difficult to understand the reality of day to day life where spending a half day at school is an achievement and over-worked and under-resourced services struggle to help everyone.

“Parents feel guilt, frustration and helplessness and need someone who can stand alongside them to find a way forward. Thanks to this wonderful opportunity presented to us by Aberdeen Asset Management and The European Tour, Mindroom will now be able to help so many more children and their families in desperate need of our support. Thank you!”

A season ticket for the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open can be purchased for £70 in advance of the tournament, a saving of £10 on admission at the gate. Adult day tickets are currently priced at £30, rising to £35 on the gate.

Concessions (60 and over) start at £50 for a season ticket and £20 for any one day tickets, if

purchased in advance. Under-16s accompanied by an adult are admitted free of charge, and all car parking is also free. Entry to the Pro-Am on Wednesday is £12 in advance, and £15 on the day.

To book tickets, visit www.europeantour.com/tickets or call 0800 023 2557. Corporate Hospitality Packages are also available, please contact Robert Gordon on 01344 840538 or email rgordon@europeantour.com to request a brochure.

Further information can also be found at www.aamscottishopen.com or @AAMScottishOpen.

The Springfields Academy’s annual charitable Golf Day

With over 90 participants and an excess of £1000 raised, The Springfields Academy’s first annual Charitable Trust Golf Day on Saturday 9 February 2013 was a huge success, and has set the bar high for future events.

Staff, pupils and players were delighted to raise the impressive sum for The Springfields Academy and their Charitable Trust, which supports the work of the school; the outstanding SEN Award-winning residential specialist academy works with pupils who have complex learning difficulties and challenging behaviour.

Funds raised in this particular event are going towards The Springfields Academy’s ‘Extreme Classroom’ initiative, where they plan to take a group of the most challenging and disadvantaged children to a base camp at Mount Everest for The Highest Classroom on Earth in October 2013.

A crowd of players, family, friends and over 40 golf club members took to the fairways at Woodbridge Park Golf Club in Brinkworth to support of the cause. The 18-hole course is well-known in Wiltshire for its lush greens and fairways, but also for its challenges: golfers faced water hazards, bunkers and other tricky obstacles.

Whilst no-one was lucky enough this time to sink a hole in one, Sonny Saunders, a pupil at The Springfields Academy came closest and landed his shot within only four feet of the hole, in what was a thrilling day of competitive golf. Golfer, Olly Worts, powered a huge drive of over 325 yards to win the trophy for the longest drive, and The Springfields Academy team themselves, sponsored by Parent Ruth Diver, took the winning team trophy with 103 points.

Select Windows team member, Tony Bull, took the nearest to the line award, whilst Dan Pickford of the Fare saver Busses team said, “It was a fantastic day, well organised and great fun – we’ll definitely be back next year to win that car!”

The day was supported by event sponsors Chippenham Motor Company, Box Steam Brewery and TBT Ltd. Their help was instrumental with the success of the day.

Trystan Williams, Principal at The Springfields Academy, said “I was completely humbled that so many people turned up to show their appreciation and support for our cause. The Springfields Academy team put so much enthusiasm and creativity into the event and, as I expected, the entire day was a success.”

Kevin Derby, event organiser commented “it was a wet, cold and windy day, but the support received from Woodbridge Park Golf Club and all those who attended was heart-warming, and we couldn’t have done it without the help of our sponsors. Plans are already being made to make next year’s event bigger and better: we want to involve more businesses, families, and no doubt the prizes will be even more enticing.”

One of many groundbreaking initiatives of The Springfields Academy, “The Extreme Classroom” was created by Principal Trystan Williams and Alan Chambers, MBE, Former Royal Marine Commando, a renowned, determined and inspirational figure most known for his expeditions in the Polar Regions. The intrinsic belief driving this project is that pupils excel when they are challenged, pushing them beyond the limits of expectation. The unique initiative presents an opportunity for pupils to develop self-belief, overcome adversity and prove a point to themselves and others who may have written them off. Vice Principal, Jon Hamp has lead and consolidated the development of this concept since its initiation.

So far there have been two BBC documentaries covering the experience of the pupils with complex learning difficulties, on the extraordinary expeditions: The Coldest Classroom on Earth trip to the North Pole was 78 degrees north, whilst The Hottest Classroom on Earth saw the pupils, lead by Trystan himself, trek their way through an eight-day trip to the African Rift Valley, Tanzania, to the Ngoro Ngoro crater accompanied by Masai tribesmen. More of The Extreme Classroom expeditions are in the pipeline, including a climb to Everest Base Camp in 2013.