Give it a Try!
English Bowls Youth
You’ve probably seen bowls
on TV from time to time, or stopped to watch a game in the
local park. You may even have thought
wouldn't mind giving that a try”.
You are not alone. But, then, it runs through your mind that
bowls is more for older folk, and so, like many others, you’ve
found an excuse to do nothing about it. You’ll wait till you
retire and then……………maybe………
a great pastime for many older people. But it’s
also a great sport for all, including younger
folk. The under 25 scene is flourishing at county, national
and international level, but, for those of you just that bit
older, it’s a terrific way to keep your competitive spirit
going when your more active days in cricket, football or
tennis are coming to an end.
Bowls is for ALL ages and for ALL levels of ability.
might have thought to yourself that you won’t be any good.
Frankly - just another excuse! And you know it! No one is any
good when they first start. Let's face it – it’s not meant to
EASY! For a start, the wretched bowls don't even roll in
a straight line! But do you really think you are going to be
playing against top internationals like Alex Marshall or David
Gourlay the first time you go on the green?
Deep down, you
know you want to Give it a Try! So, where do
get down to your local Bowls Club, or click
and you’ll be taken to a page that shows all the bowls clubs
in Surrey. Some have their own websites
ALL have a contact for you.
What happens next?
welcome potential new members so, believe me, they’ll be
to hear from you,
you’ll be introduced to the club coach - a volunteer who
has qualified, through various courses at his own expense,
to do the job he loves - coaching newcomers to the game –
shown the basics – how to deliver a bowl and get as many
bowls as you can close to the jack (that’s the little
white ball at the other end of the green). Yes – bowls
is that simple
coaching over, you’ll be invited to join the club
you can go
for roll-ups (that’s bowls-speak for practising on
your own or with friends and other club members or just
having a fun game). You make the decision as
to when you have a roll-up. Most greens are available from
midday onwards, and are divided into, usually, six rinks.
Even when there’s a club match or competition on, rinks
are available for roll ups.
In no time you’ll
be up and running and perhaps even looking for some
competition. No problem! Most clubs offer –
friendly games against other local Clubs,
involving many like yourself who have only recently taken
up the sport. No one will expect you to perform like a
superstar; they will just want you to enjoy the
game – that, after all, is what bowls is all about
- yes, you will
sometimes come up against stiff opposition. Our top
county, national and international players also play Club
games, but what you learn from these players is invaluable
in improving your own game
county league games and competitions.
Once you get this
far . . .
Hope to see
you next summer – on the green.
that….? You never know.
Go on . . .