A thriving sport is going to be available to more young people than ever before thanks to grant assistance from Manx Lottery Trust.

Lawn Bowls Isle of Man, based at Onchan Park, has received funding to the tune of £2,500 to purchase new sets of junior lawn bowls, small size competition bowls and bowling mats.

It will help the organisation, the only ‘flat green’ bowling club in the Island, meet demand for an increase in juniors playing the sport.

Clive McGreal, Honorary Treasurer, explained: ‘Lawn bowls is a global sport now played in over 50 countries and there have been efforts to make it an Olympic sport. We always encourage new members of all ages and abilities and have been delighted to see a surge of interest in young people playing.

‘In 2018 we hosted a number of group sessions for scout and school groups involving more than 200 juniors and a similar number attended during the summer on an ad hoc basis. With the additional equipment allowing more juniors to get involved, we believe that number could now reach up to 500.

‘On behalf of the whole club, a huge thank you to Manx Lottery Trust for helping us with this project. We look forward to using the new equipment to promote the sport to new players.’

Since being formed in 1977, many of the club’s players have represented the Isle of Man with distinction in competitions around the world, including the Commonwealth Games, European Championships and World Championships.

The club lends bowls until players are able to purchase their own with experienced players and qualified coaches on hand to offer tuition to all comers to learn and develop the skills of the game.

Clive added: ‘Bowls is a sport which can be played by all age groups and provides many social benefits, as well as an opportunity to make new friends. Members will be available throughout the season to hold specific coaching sessions and we are sure all players will benefit from the use of the new equipment.’

Sarah Kelly, Chairman of Manx Lottery Trust, said: ‘It is great that young people are taking an interest in “flat green” bowling and that coaching and equipment will be available for the increased demand for this all age sport. 

For anyone interested in learning more or trying out the sport, further details can be found at www.lawnbowlsiom.com or contact the Secretary, Win Kewley on 07624 499174.

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