Slade Men’s Shed on course with Ryder Cup buggy

By Hayden Moore

SLADE Valley Men’s Shed received a haul of equipment on Tuesday that will help maintain the course, including a top of the range utility vehicle used during the Ryder Cup back in September.

Men’s Captain of Slade Valley, Michael Loftus, set up the men’s shed earlier in the year and is the first one out of over 400 sheds in the country to centre around a golf course.

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Members of Slade Valley Men's Shed with their new equipment

“We’re trying to cater for men who are maybe coming to the end of their golfing career, and the men’s shed makes a great social outlet for them involving an activity rather just sitting around a table,” said Michael speaking to The Echo earlier this week.

The men’s shed is an organisation with bases all around the world that aims to promote a healthy and safe environment for men to communicate together while engaging in a positive activity.

The group of men that meet in Slade Valley every Thursday, get together to work on the golf course to ensure its upkeep and typically could be seen raking bunkers, planting flower beds and punning trees around the course.

After receiving a grant of 75% of their €27,000 goal from Rural Leader that will help develop their shed further, a spokesperson from Rural Leader emphasised the need for communities to promote a positive well-being for men.

“We are delighted that we had the opportunity to assist Slade Valley Men’s Shed in their project.

“Men are especially at risk of being socially isolated and the Men’s Shed provides an excellent opportunity for them to come together, build friendships and pass the time.

“It is a joy to work with the Shed and we hope that once this project finishes there will be many more we can work with.”

Having also received a lawnmower and leaf blower with their first batch of equipment, Slade Valley Men’s Shed are expecting more equipment to arrive over the coming weeks and hope to expand the Shed in the future.

Michael eagerly announced: “We’re hoping to add more activities for the Shed like indoor bowling and computer training over the forthcoming months.”

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