Tuesday 19th August 2008 by S. McGown
Brooke Weston students got an introduction to the sport of bowls when they visited a local club. The Stewarts and Lloyds club extended an invitation to schools in the area to come and try their facilities and learn a bit more about the game.
Teacher Mr Gillespie took up their offer and 36 students from Years 7, 8 and 9 went along for training sessions. As well as expert help the students were also treated to great hospitality with juice, biscuits and chocolate laid on for them.
Mr Gillespie said: 'The students were given fantastic hospitality; it was just amazing. They also had a short introduction, tips on basic techniques and the rules and etiquette on the greens and they loved it. There were about a dozen people there waiting for us at the club. It was almost one-to-one coaching, it was brilliant.'
Mr Gillespie is hoping to continue links with the club and maybe take some older students along this term. He said: 'Bowls will appeal to students who perhaps don't want to do some of the more vigorous sports. There's lots of skill involved like hand-eye co-ordination, balance, technique and gaining feedback from the previous bowl. The students came away with a much greater appreciation of what's involved.'
Abbi Floodgate from Year 7 has played the game previously at Desborough. She said: 'The adults gave advice and so it was like brushing up on skills that I already had. I really enjoyed it and my friends loved it as well. It was quite competitive and I won a few of my games.'
Another Year 7 student, Taylor Dickson, proved to be a natural at bowling and followed in the steps of his granddad who was mentioned on the Honours Boards at the club. He said: 'I found it a lot of fun. It can be difficult calculating where the ball is going to roll or how hard you need to bowl it. I was looking round at all the bowling memorabilia at the club, at the Honour Boards and photos. I liked it so much that I'm definitely going back.'