Over the weekend Jack and Kaitlin entered a crown green bowling competition. They only went and won 1st and 2nd place as well. They have been playing bowls for about 12 months with Grandad.
Jack has been bowling now for about 12 months with his Grandad and has recently just joined a youth team and plays games every weekend. He is really good at it. Jack has been playing in several charity competitions with his Grandad but is good enough now that he partners various players from the clubs and they are all proud to play with him. He even got a standing ovation once when he came second in the pairs with Grandad.
Grandad and Grandson before the semi final.
He has won 2 trophies now for his efforts and loves playing and spending time with his Grandad. Kaitlin has only recently started to play but she is certainly giving her brother a run for his money as are his two cousins who have also just started to play and are learning the ropes.
Crown green bowls is a great community sport and you can make lots of friends along the way. My dad has made many friends and entered countless competitions winning a huge one at Waterloo in Blackpool (the Wembley of crown green bowling). I was so proud of him that year and I hope he continues to play.
People often think it’s a sport for old people but that is so not true and more and more young people are learning the game. I would encourage anyone to go along to their local club and give it a try. The people are all super friendly and you will be sure to become part of their extended family.
You can look for local clubs on the Bowls England Website or use google and look at local sports clubs. Lots of cricket clubs tend to have a bowling team associated to them.
To give you an idea of the game take a look at Crown Green King who has written various lessons to get you started. The first lesson is Aim if the Game.