First of all I would just like to thank all of you who played yesterday in the Wilts Academy U18s friendly game against Carterton – what a wonderful afternoon! Thank you also to your parents for their continued support.
You all demonstrated some great bowling skills, teamwork and most importantly, you encouraged each other when you were faced with a challenge. Although the score didn’t really matter, it was a great win of 59-54 in a what turned out to be a very closely contested game!
Well done again to our 3 medal winners yesterday:
- All-round Bowler of the Week – Charlie
- Value of the Week – Emmeline
- Shot of the Week – Zoe
The visiting players and supporters from Carterton were all extremely impressed and we have agreed to make this an ongoing fixture with both an indoor and outdoor game each season (home & away). In fact they were so delighted with the day that they are keen to get in a return visit at the end of March this year – I’ll be in touch with more information in due course.
Finally, I would again like to express our sincere thanks to Westlecot Bowls Club, and in particular to Scott for his support yesterday afternoon.
Youth Academy Coordinator
Bowls England have now published the draws for the Inter-County competitions.
In the Amy Rose the ladies have been drawn away to Dorset whilst in the Walker Cup they have a home tie against Worcestershire.
The Men have an away tie against Cornwall in the White Rose Trophy and in the Balcomb a home tie against Somerset.
The fixtures for the Johns Trophy and Middleton Cup will be out next week but we do know our opponents.
The Ladies are in West Group A and will play Cornwall, Dorset & Somerset.
The Men are also in West Group A and will play Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire & Herefordshire.
Well … what a fantastic end to our outdoor Academy season for 2022!!
On 7th August, members of the Bowls Wiltshire Youth Academy spent a fabulous day at Salisbury Bowls Club.
Throughout the morning these young bowlers impressed spectators whilst completing four skills exercises. We are delighted that four of our players also attained their Bronze level award and were presented with their caps.
The afternoon saw the Academy take on members of Salisbury B.C. in a friendly triples match. Under the glorious sunshine, a very high standard of bowling was demonstrated by our young players and a most enjoyable game was had by all.
Our sincere thanks go to Salisbury and all their members for the use of their club, green and for their incredible hospitality during the day.
We now turn our eyes indoors with several training sessions, friendly fixtures and inter-county competitions to look forward to.
Our first indoor event will be held at Westlecot B.C. on Saturday 8th October.
Youth Academy Coordinator
On 18th June the Bowls Wiltshire Youth Academy took on Spencer Melksham in our first friendly fixture of the season.
As usual the County’s youngest players put up a great performance, trailing by only 3 shots at 10 ends. In the end the Spencer team pulled away to take a small lead and the game overall.
It was a great opportunity for our young players to put their skills training into action and to develop their team game. An extremely enjoyable afternoon was had by all. Our sincere thanks go to Spencer Melksham for hosting this match and to everyone at the club for their support and encouragement on the day.
Our next BWYA training session will take place at Chippenham Town on 3rd July, followed by a match at Avon on 24th July.
Zoe Fletcher and Alfie Holland joined around 70 juniors representing 28 counties who took to the greens at Royal Leamington Spa the venue for the Commonwealth Games at the end of July. They all played four singles matches and a triples match over the course of the day. Off the green there were some workshops aimed to support personal development covering sports psychology, social media and online safety.
Both Alfie and Zoe played very well and were a credit to the county. They had a fantastic day, winning several of their singles matches against some stiff competition.
Pictures below shows Zoe & Alfie with England International Jamie-Lea Winch
Sunday 15th May marked the long-awaited launch of the outdoor side of the Bowls Wiltshire Youth Academy, on this occasion hosted by Westlecot Bowls Club. There was a great turnout for the event, with 21 juniors testing their skills during the morning and enjoying some game practice later in the day, assisted by coaches who were there to guide them and offer advice to help our youngsters advance their games and enhance their overall knowledge of the sport.
The day kicked off with the juniors trying their hand at four different skills exercises. These aimed to develop the youngsters abilities in consistent jack rolling, drawing to the jack (including an off-centre target), bowl-by-bowl weight adjustment and accuracy on a running bowl/overdraw.
After lunch, there was a brief certificate presentation to the individuals just starting out with the academy and for 9 players who had recently earned their bronze award, which is given for players who put on a strong showing in the exercises completed during the academy days. Following this, the juniors continued with the afternoon session, going into matches of fours and triples.
Coaches were on hand to assist, offering guidance when required and helpful pointers that may benefit our youngsters in their future matches. This included useful information on aspects of the game such as delivery, reading the head and rules that they may not have been aware of before, or needed clarification on. Due to some pretty awful weather, some of these games commenced on the indoor carpet, before heading back outdoors once it had brightened up a little!
Well done to all involved in the organisation and running of a fantastic day. The next academy event is a friendly match at Spencer Melksham vs the Spencer Melksham members, on the 18th June, shortly followed by an academy training session at Chippenham Park on 3rd July.
Bowls Wiltshire Youth Academy held it’s inaugural event at Westlecot on the 15th May. REPORT TO FOLLOW
The Academy Members with the Presidents