Jesús Rodriguez durante la inauguración del Parque Infantil del HUMV.

Jesús Rodriguez during the official opening of the children’s playground at Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital

The Seve Ballesteros Foundation offers the opportunity to introduce golf to children undergoing treatment at Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital in Santander. Golf is part of the entertainment of young patients at the Pediatric Oncology Unit and is used to make children’s stay more bearable.

The Foundation supported the building of the new playground facility at Marqués de Valdecilla Hospital, an area of 230 square meters of which 79 are dedicated to golf. It is an area of artificial grass, which can be adapted and used for different activities. The playground also includes swings, table football, table tennis and a playing area.

The Foundation also collaborates with Buscando Sonrisas, the non-profit organization behind the building of the playground at the Hospital. The project “Cure with a Smile” offers golf classes to pediatric patients at the Psychiatric Outpatient Unit, where the benefits of playing golf have been found to be very positive.

Both the young patients at the Oncology Pediatric Unit and the ones at the Psychiatric Unit of the Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital have different activities and games. Santiago Carriles, who collaborates with the Foundation and is specialist in this way of teaching, is the golf teacher at the Hospital. The idea is to introduce children into golf through games such as putting and chipping competitions. There are also other types of activities such as crafts, drawings and trivial pursuit questions through which children can learn more about the game of golf.

Santiago Carriles junto con voluntarios de AMARA, asociación de padres de niños con cáncer de Cantabria, en el HUMV.

Santiago Carriles with voluntaries of AMARA Association of parents with children suffering from cancer in Cantabria at the Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital

All activities take place within a safe environment and materials used (clubs and balls are made of foam, plastic materials and velcro) are in line with the premises of the facilities, age and golf level of each child.

The aim of the Seve Ballesteros Foundation project is to attract children into golf in an interesting and motivating way so that they can benefit both physically and emotionally.

Source: Diario Montañés