BOWLS: Free coaching sessions

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Have a go this summer

Beginner bowlers will be able to have a go at the game with an influx of free coaching sessions.

Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sport (CSW Sport) has teamed up with the Bowls Development Alliance to offer a range of free coaching activities to encourage more people to take up the sport.

Classes will be held at Rugby Bowling Club in Bilton Road, Oakfield Bowls Club at Oakfield Park in Bilton Road and Thornfield Outdoor Bowls Club next to Rugby’s leisure centre in Bruce Williams Way.

Expert coaches will be on hand at each venue to offer anyone over the age of 11 the chance to learn the sport in a friendly and sociable environment.

Around 28 bowls clubs are set to open up their greens throughout the summer to host the activities with opportunities available right across the sub-region.

Ian McLean, partnership development officer for bowls at CSW Sport, said: “There are lots of stereotypes associated with bowls including that it is a game played in retirement.

“But bowling greens are regularly used by every age group and the sport is hugely sociable across all ages with added health benefits to improve flexibility, suppleness, fitness and stamina.

“We’re delighted that more greens are opening their doors and the sessions provide a great opportunity to meet new people as well as offering the chance to play a competitive sport and player feedback so far has been extremely positive.

“Over 250,000 people play the sport in the UK and with the number of health and social benefits it is a great opportunity for people across Coventry and Warwickshire.”

Dr John Linnane, Director of Public Health Warwickshire, added: “It is estimated in Warwickshire that only 20 per cent of the population are currently physically active and this is something we are actively seeking to change. 

“There are many different activities that people can get out and get involved in and Bowls is a very good example of a low-impact physical activity that people of any age or level of fitness can take part in and that could positively impact on people’s overall health and wellbeing.”

To find out more information contact Ian via email at or telephone (024) 76 574442.