Why not try it? Juniors show future of bowls

The junior section at Thornfield Bowls Club
The junior section at Thornfield Bowls Club

Saturday mornings for juniors at Thornfield indoor bowls club are proving a great success.

The training is helping players to reach their full potential and several are already doing extremely well.

One of their proteges is Jamie-Lee Winch, who has played for England ladies at junior and senior level. She has also won many titles on the way.

Craig Carter is one of the best players that under 25s team manager Darren Ward has ever seen.

He is only 17 and the youngest player to win Thornfield’s club singles title since the club opened in the 70s.

Craig has had two under 18s England trials and also plays for his county. Craig has a collection of indoor and outdoor titles.

These two players and many others started by coming to the junior training sessions on Saturday mornings.

The trainers are volunteers who will show the children basic skills and how to deliver a bowl. Once they have the basic skills they join in with the other youngsters, where the fun begins.

Thornfield’s under 25s team trainers will teach the young bowlers skills they require to be great players. They will encourage the them to be part of a team, helping them to encourage each other and grow as a team.

Discipline and respect is at the top of the list, also teaching the youngsters how to win, lose and have a never give up attitude.

The juniors have fun and enjoy the training sessions, which include a range of skills from jack casting, drawing and controlling weight to firing and head reading. They also play target bowls, longest yard and spiders.

Over the next few years Darren wants to build the biggest and the best under 25s squad in the UK.

He said: “I believe the juniors are the future of the game and our club.

“If you want your children to be a part of this come and join us on Saturday, January 7 from 10am till 12 noon. The cost is £1.25 for juniors and £2 for seniors (25+ coaching will also be provided) each session is two hours and bowls will be provided.”

If you require more information contact Thornfield’s indoor bowls club on (01788) 571598.

The section are very grateful to Webb Ellis for sponsoring the under 25s’ new team tops.

Manager of Webb Ellis Phil Blundell said: “Webb Ellis is a Rugby shop, owned, managed and run by Rugby people who care about the town. It’s a pleasure to be able to help a club like Thornfield who are actively trying to encourage local children to enjoy playing sport.”

n Harry Reynolds is on the mend and looking forward to being back with all your bowls news in the New Year. He wishes all his readers a very Merry Christmas and a happy healthy 2012.