Grassroots bowls drive

Volunteers from Brentwood Bowling Club have been supporting an inititive to encourage more people to take up the sport.

They helped to run a bowls roadshow which was part of a family fun day at King George’s Playing Fields on Friday 30th August.

The roadshow was hosted by the Lottery-backed Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) which is rolling out an intensive bowls recruitment and investment programme from 2013 to 2015 in five key areas including Essex.

Brentwood Bowling Club captains Richard Rose and Margaret Rayment try their hand at short-mat bowls in the park.
BOWLS BOOST: Brentwood Bowling Club captains Richard Rose and Margaret Rayment try their hand at short-mat bowls in the park.

Essex has been chosen because the BDA has identified strong potential demand for bowls in the county which has a high population in the 55-plus target age group.

Brentwood captains Richard Rose and Margaret Rayment led a band of club volunteers including Colin Peak, Brian Martin, Ron Jolly, Ann Betts and Les Powell who assisted BDA staff as visitors of all ages had a go on a short-mat rink.

Lots of youngsters queued to try their hand and Mums, Dads and grandparents were also keen to get a piece of the action. Several adults accepted an invitation to visit Brentwood Bowling Club to view the facilities, learn the basics and and have a roll-up. They also enjoyed tea and biscuits in the clubhouse.