Club starts junior academy
YOUNG people's attitudes towards lawn bowls is changing and the South Bendigo Lawn Bowls Club is doing something about it.
The club has launched a school program with the aim of developing an academy for juniors.
About 120 students in grades 5 and 6 from St Therese's, Quarry Hill and St Joseph's primary schools will take part in the program at different stages during the term.
South Bendigo Bowls Club member Paul McCaskill said the program would introduce school-aged children to the sport and perhaps unearth some hidden talent.
He said students would learn the rules of the game and the necessary skills and techniques required to play.
"The attitudes of young people are changing," he said.
"We want to expose children to lawn bowls and get them interested.
"So far the program has been really successful and we are really pleased."
He said the program also promoted diversity and inclusion, and encouraged health and fitness.
Mr McCaskill said accredited coaches and experienced club members would teach the students, including former Commonwealth Games gold medalist Don Sherman.
He said free after-school coaching would be available to students who wished to further develop their skills.
Mr McCaskill said the program was sponsored by Bendigo Bank, Jackal Fencing, Bendigo Toyota and AFS Accounting.
He said the students who attended the school program and enjoyed the sport would be encouraged to participate in the Junior Academy.
"It's definitely the first of its kind in Bendigo," Mr McCaskill said.
"We are looking to get some younger people involved and this was the best way to do it."
The next school to take part in the program will be Quarry Hill Primary School on November 6, followed by St Joseph's Primary School on November 15.