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Reydon's young bowlers making a mark

PUBLISHED: 11:05 27 January 2012

Youngsters aged 7-12 who have set up their own bowls club at the Sole Bay Bowls Club in Reydon.


Picture: James Bass

Youngsters aged 7-12 who have set up their own bowls club at the Sole Bay Bowls Club in Reydon. Picture: James Bass

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2012

IT is often seen as a pastime for those of more senior years - a genteel way to spend an afternoon.

But now a group of youngsters is out to prove that bowls is not just for the older generations.

Eight children have become regular players at the Sole Bay Bowls Club in Reydon.

The junior training sessions are aimed at nine- to 11-year-olds and seek to teach children the skills and techniques they will need to play the game competitively – and they’re proving very popular.

Junior club organiser Sheila Self said: “So far we’ve just played fun introductory games to get them going, but we are going to start playing some proper matches soon.

“Bowls used to be regarded as a sport for older people, but now you do have a lot of young people playing. We even had one parent say their daughter didn’t mind getting up for school on Thursdays because she knew she would be going to play bowls later that day!”

The junior training sessions, which started in September, are held every Thursday evening from 3.30pm to 4.30pm at the club on Halesworth Road, Reydon. If your child is interested in taking part, either turn-up at a training session or contact the Sole Bay Bowls Club office on 01502 722683.

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