We hope that 2019 will be an active one for the youth section.
We have a planned visit in May by Comberton Village College of a class of 13-15 year olds to have a go at this sport. Hopefully some of them can be enticed to come back again.
2018 season saw the arrival of a new youth membership with brother and sister act David and Eveline Jennings joining the Club. Their Mum Anna also joined us and is proving to be a good player also. We welcome their enthusiasm within the Club but especially the skill that David has shown in his grasp of the game. So much so that he has made it through to the Pairs competition (partnered by one of his "coaches" Margaret Seymour) and reached the FINALS DAY on 1st September, We wish David success on the day.
David and Margaret won the pairs competition - well done David.
David also got to the final in the Novice Cup and was pipped to the post by fellow novice Laureen by just one point. It proved to be the best match on Finals Day!
We started off the beginning of 2018 with sadness as we lost our junior "champion" Sierra when she and her family returned to their home in New Zealand. However we are delighted to report that she continues her bowling activities and was selected for her College team. She also got through to the finals of the Wellington Regional Girls Singles Championship, which I am delighted to report she won outright.
WELL DONE to Sierra.
Do we have any budding junior champions in the local Community ready to step into her shoes? Come along to the Bowls Club on our open days 12th, 19th and 26th April to see if you have what it takes?!
The 2017 season has seen many youngsters taking to the Green to try their hand at a new sport. We welcomed many age groups from as young as 4 to 15 and their enthusiam for the sport was infectious! However, particular mention has to be made of 12 year old Sierra Bridgman, who joined the club along with her Dad Todd. Sierra is from New Zealand and had played a little with her granddad back there on holidays.
Sierra is a very enthusiastic member of the club, always ready to help out on the day in setting up, clearing away, refreshments etc., as well as being a very astute student in her coaching sessions. She soon picked up the basics and soon was giving our more mature members a run for their money. She got as far as the semi final competition of the Club Ladies Singles and Novice competitions putting up a fine performance on both occasions. Keep it up Sierra and you will go far! He sister Sienna (11) and brothers Zac and Leo (8) are also very keen little bowlers, so it runs in the family!
I am happy to report that, after a lot of hard work in the application process, South Cambs Council have awarded the club a grant to help with our Youth Recruitment Drive.
Initial coaching sessions
The initial drive attracted several young people although some were too young to join the club at age 7, despite being very enthusiastic in their approach to bowls. We also had a 4 year old lad have a go on the second evening and again he was keen to keep going on the green and hit the jack twice! See picture gallery
On our second session on 1st June with Clinton Tweed, England Bowls Coach, young Gabriel Friend (13) showed true potential in the group. It is hoped that we will see the return of Sierra Bridgman (12) who showed such potential last week. She was on holiday this week with her family but will be returning on 15th June to the next session, along with her father.
Please note that owing to an official club match on 8th June on the Green, the next youth group sessions will be on Thursday 15th June and 22nd June starting at 6pm
Pop along to our sessions on Thursday evenings from 6.15pm , Tuesday morning sessions from 10am, or call the club to arrange a visit. You will be warmly welcomed.
High Street, Barton, Cambridge CB23 7DG England
Monday - Sunday: roll up for members
Thursday: club night 6.15 - 9pm
Roll up subject to match availability