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A sad day as we present our last 2019-2020 programme due to COVID-19

Friday 20th March 2020 will be remembered by many children as the day they said goodbye to their classmates and teachers for the last time, a time not of their choosing but out of necessity.

It was an emotional day for all the staff and the pupils at Glenburn Primary School in Prestwick following the Government’s announcement of the closure of all schools because of the virus pandemic. Having been at Glenburn previously, this was our final visit this year and we were delighted to deliver our Self Confidence [Young Tommy Morris of St Andrews ) programme to the P7 children. Given the circumstances they fully embraced learning about Young Tommy and the life skills he displayed.

It’s tough times ahead for all. The Trust is no different. There will be more news to follow so please watch out for our posts on Facebook and Twitter, but we desperately need more donations to be able to continue this ground-breaking programme of education in our schools. This virus has set us a new challenge and like Young Tommy we will persevere to overcome it.

 

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King for a day – well, two.

We were delighted to receive such a fantastic welcome on Wed & Thurs last week from the staff and the primary 6 pupils from Kingcase Primary School in Prestwick. It was a privilege for us to deliver our unique Self Confidence (Young Tommy Morris of St Andrews) Programme to the P6 children who fully embraced all the learning activities that we presented to them.

Through teamwork they discovered about their golfing heritage in Prestwick, the birthplace of the Open Championship and 2nd on the list of venues to have hosted the Open the most times. They became empowered with a gained knowledge about Young Tommy’s legacy and the life skills he displayed to transform the game of golf. They were all inspired to follow their own path in life.

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Press coverage for ground-breaking Prestwick programme

Delighted to see coverage in the local press for Prestwick’s programmes this week – the smaller magazine, Prestwick Going Out, which is hand-delivered to 8,000 homes and businesses and also the Ayrshire Post where we featured in its News Section this week. This local paper has a circulation of around 20,000 so whilst we hope everyone saw the article, perhaps those that did and have children who enjoyed our Learn from the Legacy programme will make the connection!

Thanks to the Editors for helping us by printing our story. It is indeed ground-breaking work we are doing.

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Glenburn Primary School embracing the programme

I had the good fortune to be able to witness our programme in action at Glenburn Primary School in Prestwick, the third of the primary schools our Life Skills Programme has been delivered to. It was a chilly day so the games took place inside the main hall, which was useful as the initial introduction explained on PowerPoint how Prestwick’s children are growing up in one of the most important historical locations in the world of sport.

Watching William in action is an eye-opener. The passion and knowledge he imparts to the children from the first minute he addresses them is clearly visible and the responses from the children were quick and enthusiastic. The children learned that they are now about the same age as Young Tommy Morris was when he began to play golf with rudimentary cut-down clubs amongst the dunes of the course his father had laid out at Prestwick. Young Tommy had the advantage of being schooled at Ayr Academy unlike many other children of his age back then. He walked from Prestwick Cross to Ayr and back every day, a distance none of the children gathered experienced regularly by foot.

The speed at which some of the children’s teams completed some of the tasks was balanced by not reading the questions properly, and this was a useful leveler amongst them all as it will be something that becomes more important to them the older they get. We’re currently applying for grants to keep the charity going and continue this great work, and it’s often been a reminder when completing forms to “Read the guidance, then read the guidance again, then read it again then answer the questions in the guidance then get someone to check it through to see if it really answers the questions”.

Willie’s vision works.

The impact assessment forms from the schools show that we are providing a catalyst for change, enhancing the children’s knowledge of how our golfing pioneers were also a force of change in their sport and how being able to draw on key life skills will be fundamentally important to each and every one of them as they progress through their life.

You can help make a difference – go to our home page at learnfromthelegacy.co.uk, scroll down to the bottom and click on Donate – it’s a quick and simple way to ensure that William’s vision can continue to deliver change and opportunity for children.

 

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LowPort Primary School joins the growing list of schools to benefit from the Trust’s programmes

We would like to offer our thanks to all the staff and the P 6/7 pupils from @LowPortPS in Linlithgow for a truly fantastic few days. It was an honour for us to educate, empower the children from the legacy of Young Tommy Morris and inspire them to achieve higher aspirations. The weather stayed chilly so we made full use of the hall for the two days and the children really got involved: an exceptionally personable and polite group of children who were a joy to work with.

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Happy days at Heathfield

“P6M enjoyed an inspirational day focused on developing their life skills whilst learning all about the inspiring young Tommy Morris and our local golfing heritage. A huge thank you to William from Tommy’s Honour Education Trust for a fantastic day!”

The opportunity to educate the P6 and P7 classes at Heathfield Primary, the largest in the town, was fantastic and as you can see from the Twitter feed quote above, the school were delighted with the results. A great way to finish the week.

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Following in Monkton’s famous footsteps

A day’s visit to Monkton Primary School on the 6th March saw us walking in not just our Pioneer’s footsteps but also one from Monkton’s famous past. John Wilson was a teacher at Monkton School when he won the very first Scottish Amateur Golf Championship in St Andrews in 1922 over the Old Course. John then won it again in 1931 at Prestwick Golf Course.

 

John was cited in the local paper as having been chastised by the local council for having taken time off his work to attend golf events! He certainly knew how to play, and as a member of local Club Prestwick St Nicholas (whose founding members included Old Tom Morris) he won many of the Club trophies in his time.

Thank you to the school who thoroughly embraced the opportunity to light the fire of life skills in the children.

 

 

 

 

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