Like all sports, lawn bowling relies on new players entering the sport each year. While the nature of the game is attractive to older people, it is important to reach out to the younger generations and dispel the myth that it is strictly an “old” persons game. The truth is, Lawn Bowling is a young person’s game that older people can play!
In 2014, our club reached out to Victoria High School and offered grade 11 and 12 students with the opportunity to learn the sport of lawn bowling. A class visit to our green was arranged as part of a regularly scheduled physical education session. It proved successful and the students enjoyed learning the game from our volunteer members. In 2015, Croquet lessons were added to the program and students showed a lot of enthusiasm for this sport too.
Since 2014, Victoria High School has added lawn bowling and croquet to its core program offerings for junior PE classes. The program runs from 5 to 8 weeks and provides students with an activity they would normally not get to experience. Club members volunteer to provide hands on instruction and also join in the games with the kids. The 2016 season will feature two classes (40 students) in a year end game wrap up game.