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.