Youngsters bowled over
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.
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.