We are delighted to announce that our Founder, John Simpson, has been honoured with an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List:
“John Stuart Simpson, Founder & President, On Course Foundation – for services to armed forces veterans, providing rehabilitation and employment through golf”
Although John only has one good leg (following childhood polio), he has played golf since a young age and went on to manage sportsmen such as Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, Greg Norman and Sebastian Coe at IMG. John was invited to talk at Headley Court and was moved by what he saw and heard. He spoke to patients about the opportunities in golf, relating to his own life experience and many were enthused by the chance to play such a sport. John’s aim was to create a charity to offer injured servicemen, women and veterans the opportunity to participate in golf on a level playing field with everyone else, either as a player or through employment in the golf industry. On Course Foundation was officially launched on 2 July 2010 at the Royal Household Golf Club at Windsor Castle with Arnold Palmer as patron.
As we celebrate the charity’s 10th anniversary, this much deserved recognition of John’s hard work and vision comes at a perfect time.