Just over two years ago members of Adastra Bowling club took over the necessary equipment to the artificial pitch at Downlands so that the pupils of Windmills school in Hassocks could have a taster session of playing bowls.
Following that we managed to run an after school club which was enjoyed by several children however numbers have dwindled since then.
It was for this reason that we decided to go back to the school this year to show the current pupils how to bowl and, unlike 2013 when it was wet some of the time, pupils from all eleven classes got their chance to play. In addition to Windmills school we also showed pupils from two of the classes at Downlands.
We now have around twenty children ranging from age seven to fourteen playing on our green in Adastra Park and our after school club has been running for the past few weeks.
Adastra already has one junior member and now at least two more have applied to join. If we can gain one or two more then perhaps those teenagers, who think that bowls is not a sport to be played at their age, can think again. Bowls is played very competitively at under 25’s and above at both County and National levels and if you ever watch it on television you will see that this is true.
During the long school holiday we are running a children’s holiday club on Saturday mornings starting at 10am and anyone who is interested in trying the game is welcome to come along.
The first session started on July 25 and the last will take place on September 5.
The afterschool club will then recommence for two more weeks on Septmber 10 and 17 before the green closes for the winter.
If you want any more information feel free to contact me, Margaret Liston on 01273 842840 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Report and picture contributed by Margaret Liston, junior and publicity officer of Adastra Bowling Club.