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Scottish Round-up Correspondence

Jordanhill youth drive J

ordanhill Bowling Club in Glasgow had a very special visitor at the launch of its new

junior section when the official Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games mascot, Clyde, visited the club. It also marked the annual

opening of the club’s greens and, if all goes to plan, the start of a major upswing in junior numbers by the time the Games arrive in Glasgow next summer. Aware that its adult membership

has dropped to the mid 80s and its junior numbers are non-existent, yet recognising the potential of next summer’s Commonwealth Games to galvanise interest, the club is pulling out all the stops to rejuvenate itself. Club President Robert Wilson said: “Having Clyde here has, I hope, created a bit of attention and will help us start a junior section from which maybe mums and dads will take an interest as well.” Annual junior membership at

Jordanhill is a highly affordable £6,

and included in this is coaching by soon-to-be-qualified Wilson and the club’s greens convenor, Bob Sloan. The pair are bowls enthusiasts

and are already forming a link with neighbouring Broomhill Out of School Association to organise coaching this summer. To further their efforts to attract members Jordanhill has joined Bowls Scotland’s Club Development Forum in North West Glasgow, and they are involved in Bowls Scotland’s 2014 for the 2014 campaign and the local initiative Glasbowl2013. They have begun fundraising to

buy junior equipment. All they need now are some children. “At the moment we’ve got adult members but no juniors so we need to beat the drum and get people here,” added Wilson. “Ideally by the time the Commonwealth Games come to Glasgow I would like to see our junior section up to about 24.”

bit of attention... At the moment we’ve got adult members but no juniors so we need to beat the drum and get people here”

“Having Clyde here has, I hope, created a

Children get a taste for the joys of lawn bowling

YOUTH PROGRAMME Early introduction

The initiative to introduce 1,000 Glasgow children to Lawn Bowls by the time the 2014 Commonwealth Games arrives in the city next summer is well on track. Led by volunteers and members

of Jordanhill’s Woodend Bowling Club, supported by Bowls Scotland, Taylor Bowls and Active Schools, the inaugural GlasBowl2012 introduced 350 P6 boys and girls to the game by targeting its seven local primary schools. The children took part in two

coaching sessions at the club, culminating in the GlasBowl2012 final between 48 of the best pupils, all selected by their classmates. Following a highly successful first year, Woodend is targeting a further 350 children for this year’s

GlasBowl2013. And, in an effort to spread the benefits, it is sending a message to other local clubs to get involved, not only in this initiative but also in Bowls Scotland’s 2014 for 2014 recruitment campaign. “Lawn bowls is one of the

17 sports of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and we see the next two years as a fantastic opportunity to promote, develop and transform the perceptions of the sport in Glasgow and in the wider Scottish context,” said GlasBowl organiser Tom Hamilton from Woodend Bowling Club. “This year we will be rolling out

the programme to local clubs who will support the coaching, with the schools coming together at Woodend for the finals in June.”

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