2014 and Beyond

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2014 and Beyond

Woodend Bowling Club has been getting ready to use the 2014 Commonwealth Games to transform the image and perception of lawn bowls in Glasgow. The club launched their GlasBowl initiative in 2012 with the aim of introducing 1000 school children to lawn bowls by the time the Games arrive in the city. 

“Lawn Bowls is one of the 17 sports in Glasgow 2014 and we see it as a fantastic opportunity to promote, develop and transform the perceptions of the sport in Glasgow” said GlasBowl organiser, Tom Hamilton from Woodend Bowling Club.

The club were awarded Legacy branding for GlasBowl in recognition that the initiative is helping to create a lasting legacy.

Over the first 2 years, 600 young people from local school have been introduced to the sport through coaching sessions either in their school or at the club, culminating in the GlasBowl final in June between 48 of the best pupils, all selected by their classmates.

Since the launch of GlasBowl the club have established their own junior section, the Woodend Warriors, which has grown to 25 members that come to the club all year round.

The club has developed innovative games and coaching techniques to encourage young people to enjoy lawn bowls and have fun when playing. The club were successful in gaining a grant for equipment as well as funding from Glasgow Sport to produce marketing materials

"Our assault bowls courses are very popular with the juniors who are encouraged to design their own crazy courses for bowling coaching. We are only limited by our imagination and we are making progress with a lot of new exciting opportunities” said Tom Hamilton.

As well as developing a volunteer coach workforce from within the club, Woodend BC has built links with clubs across the city to get involved in the initiative and maximise the benefit for the sport. The club have also used social media to develop links and opportunities, with over 570 followers on twitter. 

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The club recently took part in a Family Fun day, organised by the Glasgow Warriors and Glasgow Sport, in Victoria Park which saw over 100 people try lawn bowls with the club coaches, giving the them a great opportunity to promote themselves to the local community through ‘come and try’ and flyers. The club have also committed to a community event after the games where they hope to capitalise on the increased profile of the sport.

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