Penyrheol Bowling Club
Chairman with the some of the 'Merlins.
Kenny Hoare - Receiving his winners trophy
We started this programme this year with the aim of providing local children with the opportunity to try the games of bowls,as well as and to provide a sporting opportunity on the bowling green. It proved quite successful with a regular core attendance of about 10 young people, who seem to enjoy themselves as they kept coming back!
Although the club has a healthy membership it was felt that we needed to introduce more people to the game to ensure its
continuance in the community. It was also felt that as a club we should attempt to put something back into the local community
and the idea of putting in place a Youth Development programme was born. We found the WBA already had experience of this and we
were soon receiving invaluable help from Paul Morgan, WBA Regional Co-ordinator. Paul helped us secure a grant for the project
from the The Sports Council for Wales Community Chest Fund. This substantial grant enabled us to buy 12 sets of small bowls
suitable for use by younger children. We also needed approved coaches before we could start the programme. Four club members
Laurie Brown, Carl Coombes, Mike Corcoran and myself, Gerald Cobley, successfully completed the Welsh Bowls Coaching
Associations official coaching course under the tutorage of Advanced Coach Mike Hughes.
Following discussions with Mr Samuels, Headmaster of Cwm Ifor Primary School, it was agreed that we would provide Year 6
children with a one hour coaching session on a weekly basis over a six week period. The programme was completed successfully
with the loss of only one session due to rain. Overall most of the youngsters seemed to enjoy the experience and a number,
girls included, showed considerable talent on the green. In fact some very competitive bowling took place over the last
few sessions, as we engaged in round robin team competitions. We were rather surprised and somewhat pleased when the
children presented us coaches with a thank you card (shown below) they had all made
and signed containing expressions of their thanks.