Chawton Park’s Bowls Initiatives for Juniors 2013
Indoor Bowls Club initiatives to promote Bowls for young people continued on Saturday April 27th when 19 juniors from Hampshire met at the club to compete for the Chawton Park Indoor Bowls Club Coaching Team’s Junior Open Singles Trophy. The event attracted youngsters from the ages of 7 to 17 years and was sponsored by the East Hants District Youth Council and Hampshire County Council’s Councillor Andrew Joy, Organised by the club’s Junior Coaching Co-Ordinator, Brian Scowcroft, entrants were in three age groups, playing 6 ends per game, scoring two points per win and one for a draw. The winner of each pool went forward to semi-finals and finals in each group. The standard of some of the bowling was excellent for such young players. Throughout the day they were encouraging and supportive of each other and displayed commendable sportsmanship.
The “seasoned” junior entrants included Nicole Rogers from Loddon Vale, who will represent Hampshire at the English Bowls Youth Development’s National School of Excellence in Melton Mowbray in October. Nicole gained her place by succeeding at both the Hampshire School of Excellence and at the Regional School of Excellence held in Horsham, Surrey in April. There is still hope that another player, Ross Jones, who did well at Horsham, might also be successful in gaining a place at Melton Mowbray.
Another successful junior player was Ashley Nethercliffe who, though not yet 15, is already the Hampshire Under 25 Singles Champion. Starting young has obviously stood him in good stead for a successful future in bowls. Ross and Ashley are both from Loddon Vale Indoor Bowls Club.
The youngest player was 7-year-old Reece Graham ~ grandson of England International Margaret Holden, also a member of Chawton Park. Whilst having bowlers in the family might be an advantage, Reece showed considerable courage and determination in the competition, especially as he had only been playing the game for three weeks!
Brian Scowcroft prepared certificates for each player. These were presented by Becca Stemp from Games Set and Match, Chichester, who also presented Hampshire County Coach and CPIBC Coaching Team Secretary, Sheila Goodwin, with a set of Drake’s Pride Professional Bowls for the Coaching Team at Chawton Park. Game Set and Match regularly support bowls events at Chawton Park with their “Road Show” travelling bowlswear shop.
Game Set and Match donating a set of coloured bowls for junior coaching
After an exhilarating, yet tiring, day the winner of the Under 12’s competition was Amelia Oxlade, with Runner Up Oliver Brown. The Under 15’s group was won by Ashley Nethercliffe, with Runner Up Ross Jones. The Under 18’s group was the usual friendly tussle between three Chawton Park Junior Players, ending with the Winner, Danny Brown, Runner-Up Thomas Bowyer and in third place Peter Whalley.
Loddon Vale Coach and Hampshire Under 25 Manager, Alan Smith commented that the day had been an excellent opportunity for young people to gain competitive experience and said he would be pleased to support future Chawton Park events and ensure they received publicity across the county.