Blind and partially sighted veterans were treated to high-tech golf by Sight Scotland Veterans.

The initiative saw 15 veterans from the charity's Linburn Centre in West Lothian and Hawkhead Centre in Paisley attend TopGolf in Rutherglen which allowed them to rediscover their interest for the sport or try it for the first time.

David Macleod, a sporting and partnerships worker at Sight Scotland Veterans, said: "While golf is traditionally a visual sport, it also relies heavily on tactile and auditory cues, so it is a good sport for blind and partially sighted people to take part in.

"TopGolf also takes out the walking aspect for our veterans, many of whom are older.

"It was great to see the joy on their faces, some of our veterans had never played golf before and some had been forced to give it up due to their eye conditions; it was amazing to see them reconnect with a passion they thought they had lost.

"I must thank TopGolf for their hospitality, they did everything they could to make the event as accessible and enjoyable for our veterans. If any of our veterans are interested in another TopGolf event, please get in touch as we would love to do this again.”

Jim Tobin, a RAF veteran, said: "I hadn’t played golf in 30 years because of my health and sight, but this gave me the opportunity to play again which was great and I thoroughly enjoyed it."

Jason Duncan, veterans community lead, described sports as "so good" for veterans' mental and physical health.

He added: "We are putting on lots of sporting events all over Scotland, including bowling, archery, golf, climbing, sailing, even curling; anyone who is interested in taking part should contact our information line."

TopGolf offers a discount for veterans who want to go on their own or with friends and family.

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