Youngsters bowled over

May 30 2019

SHORT mat bowls arrived in Downend a little earlier than expected when Downend Colts SMBC gave a taster session for the Ignite Youth Club, which meets in the Youth Hub behind Christ Church Hall.

  Youngsters bowled over
Two mats were put down in the hall and youngsters had a chance to take part in a variety of games and activities designed to develop their bowling skills.
Mike Parsons, one of the organisers who also plays for Kingswood and Wellsway Clubs, said: “It’s great to see these youngsters taking part. Many young people have either never heard of bowls or think it is a game for old people, but short mat is a version of the game that really appeals to kids.  It’s shorter, sharper yet requires the same level of skill and tactics.”
Over 40 young people had a go and many who initially thought it was going to be easy found it certainly wasn’t as straightforward as it looked.  
However, quite a number of the youngsters quickly picked up the rudiments of the game and it soon became clear that there is actually a considerable amount of untapped talent in the Downend area.
The mats and equipment are owned by the Downend Colts Short Mat Bowls Club,  a club that has been set up specifically for young people in the Downend area.  
Saul Featherstone, another of the organisers, said: “Our aim is firstly that all youngsters joining the club should have fun bowling but we are also keen to develop a team who can enter (and win!) local competitions.”  
The club meets on Saturday mornings, starting at 11am in Christ Church Parish Hall, North Street, Downend.