Bowls not just for old people, say Newhaven youngsters

Bowled over - young people learn to love the game of bowls.
Bowled over - young people learn to love the game of bowls.
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A group of Newhaven youngsters is defying the stereotype that bowls is an old people’s sport.

The 11 to 14 year olds have been learning the tricks of the game from members of Denton Island Indoor Bowls Centre at weekly sessions.

And they have found out bowls is not as easy as they once thought.

The venture was made possible by Newhaven Community Development Association’s successful bid for Sportivate funding to encourage young people to try different sports and to fund a coach and youth worker.

Seven youngsters have been building up a good relationship with the club volunteers, who give up their time to help with the fun sessions.

Tara Nicholson, 14, said: “I thought it would be boring and just for old people but it has been really fun.”

The sessions have seen the young people develop their skills and confidence and they tested out what they had learnt in a relaxed Christmas tournament which included trophies for the winner and runner up.

A spokesperson from Denton Island Indoor Bowls Club said a lot of members commented how wonderful it was to see some of the younger generation having so much fun in the club and enjoying the game of bowls.

They hoped to continue the venture next year.

Sessions are continuing. Contact a member of the youth team on 01273 517250 or if you would like to take part.

Other Sportivate funded activities available for 13-25s for January include boxing, trampolining, table tennis, dance, football and rookie lifeguard.

Sportivate gives 11 to 25 year olds the chance to receive six weeks of coaching in a sport of their choice.

The National Lottery-funded programme will help those who aren’t currently playing sport in their own time to get out and give sport a go.

Active Sussex will work with local providers and sports clubs to help young people to continue playing sport long after they have completed the course.

As part of the Places People Play mass participation legacy programme, Sportivate will see 300,000 teenagers and young adults across England completing sports courses over four years.

Sportivate is an inclusive programme.