Sessions to learn bowls

Did you follow the bowls in last year’s Commonwealth Games, or the indoor World Championship at Potters Resort in the past few weeks?

If so, you will have noted the skills required to take part in the sport at such a level.

Not everyone has the necessary skills to play to such a standard, but many thousands of people enjoy taking part in the sport throughout the world, and the development of the required skills can be achieved by people of all ages and abilities.

Many people look on the sport as a pastime for elderly or retired men and women, but it should be noted that the average age of the England bowls team is younger than that of the Australian cricket team; and the Ladies’ Indoor World Champion competition last week was contested by a teenager and a lady in her Twenties (both British).

Wherever you live in our area you will not be far from a bowling green, with clubs crying out for new members.

In the past four years both clubs which played at Ridley Park in Blyth have folded, resulting in a major loss of facilities to the people of Blyth.

Cowpen & Crofton Welfare Bowls Club in Renwick Road remains and offers the opportunity to play both socially and competitively.

The 2015 outdoor bowls season starts in mid-April and, as in previous years, we will be offering free taster sessions to anyone wishing to experience the sport.

The sessions will take place on Saturday mornings between 10am and noon, beginning on May 2. All you need to bring is some flat-soled shoes if you have them.

The club can be contacted via the secretary, Lawrie Wise, on (01670) 365333.

Lawrie Wise

Secretary

Cowpen & Crofton Welfare Bowls Club