Kent Trust for Youth Sport Trustee David Corry paid a visit to Bearsted & Thurnham Bowling Club today, to see how the recent funding is being put to good use. Despite a morning dew on the green, the children were very enthusiastic to practice their skills, listening intently to the coaches and sharing the enthusiasm for the sport with their friends.
Bearsted & Thurnham Bowling Club seeks to introduce outdoor bowling and provide coaching facilities and development opportunities to children from local schools and youth organisations within the Maidstone area. With various fundraising streams and fundraising, the club has invested in a high quality artificial, all weather and all year round outdoor playing surface, supported by flood lighting and wishes to extend coaching and playing opportunities to young people.
Funding was applied for to purchase new bowling equipment specifically designed for young people, aged 9-16 years old, for induction and coaching purposes. Regular weekly coaching sessions dedicated to young people are planned with a view to introducing up to 200 young people to the sport during 2014.
David Corry, Trustee, said “Bearsted & Thurnham Bowling Club has worked hard to raise funds for its new artificial surface and what an opportunity it has to further develop lawn bowls in the Maidstone area. The club was very welcoming and had a lovely atmosphere, plus it is being run by volunteers who are very progressive in their plans and thinking. I hope that the forthcoming Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games ignites interest in lawn bowls within the local children, enough for them to attend the junior sessions on a Saturday morning.”
Over the last twenty years, £198,554 has been awarded to individuals and organisations across Kent.