Students bowled over

April 30, 2021

Pupils across a range of schools and ages are being given the opportunity to try outdoor bowls as part of a new campaign to introduce the sport to a younger generation.

The Guernsey Sports Commission is working in partnership with the Guernsey Bowling Club and Northern Bowls Association to get children and young people interested in the game.

‘We aim to give them a quick introduction to bowls, show them how to hold the wood and then let them have a go,’ said Chris Dyer, Club Captain for the GBC.

One of the first groups to give it a try was a tutor group from Elizabeth College.

The boys seemed to have a great time.

‘Amazing’, ‘loving it’, ‘it’s really competitive’ were just a few comments from the students.

Steve Sharman, the Commission’s Relationship Director, has been working with the GBC and the Northern Bowls Association to put together a schedule of school visits at both the Beau Sejour and Delancey greens.

‘We’ve had loads of interest from schools so far with groups from Amherst scheduled to come along next week and other schools signing up for sessions too,’ said Steve.

‘This is all part of our drive to inspire all generations to get active for life by giving them the opportunity to try a broad range of sports when they are at school, sign posting how they can get involved outside of school and hopefully giving them a positive experience.

‘It’s great to work in partnership with the bowls clubs and to see their enthusiasm to get the children playing. It really bodes well for the future of the sport,’ said Steve.

Chris was just a positive.

‘We just want to say a massive thank you to the Sports Commission for giving us this opportunity and for all their support in getting this up and running,’ said Chris.