Achievements to date
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 from the Kent Trust for Youth Sport to purchase new bowling equipment specifically designed for young people, aged 9-16 years old, for induction and coaching purposes. Regular weekly coaching session dedicated to young people are planned with a view to introducing up to 200 young people to the sport during 2014.
For more information about Bearsted & Thurnham Bowling Club, please visit the club website.
The grant received in 2014 was exclusively used to purchase Junior size bowls with some sets of ‘smaller’ size adult bowls which eventually the young players ‘move on up to’ as well as visual coaching aids which has enabled our Junior section to double in size to 18 members, aged 8 to 18 years old.
Each Junior can now have allocated a ‘full’ set of bowls during a training session which allows them ‘more bowling time’, speeding their skill achievement. and consistency. Because of this many of the young bowlers are now ‘fully integrated’ into the senior side of the sport at club & local league level as well as a number of them now representing Kent at Under 25 level, still only being 12 – 14 years old. These achievements were certainly accelerated by the grant aid and being able to fully equip the coaching team.
Again we thank you for your support and will continue to build for the future and fully involve our Junior players at all levels of the sport.
Kind regards, Trevor Coleman (BDA Level 2 Coach)
Since 2008, £142,469 has been awarded to individuals and organisations.