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Partly from report on ABC Radio Brisbane, bJessica Hinchliffe.

Posted 13 Mar 2019, 7:00am

Lawn bowls club veterans give lessons to teenagers

By the end of March 2019, Jindalee Bowls Club hopes to have run 68 sessions with years 10 and 11 students from Ambrose Treacy College and Centenary State High School. For an hour a week, the students are introduced to the game by senior club members and shown basic skills and placed in a competition with their peers.

Organiser Jan Bell said the project had produced results for both the club and the students on and off the green.

"We hope that this insures bowls has a future," Ms Bell said.

"The aim is to spread the word about bowls, and if the kids go home with a positive message, then the parents might come down for a game of barefoot bowls.

"They're quite competitive so they quickly got the hang of scoring and the strategies behind the game — they really love it.

"We hope the students will develop as juniors and we already have a couple of the boys coming along with their parents on a Saturday morning for coaching."

A sport for all ages

Club coach Kevin Burton said it had been uplifting to introduce bowls to a younger generation.

"It's been wonderful to see how the students reacted when they drew a great shot," he said.

"It's also been extremely enjoyable coaching them and the members are getting great feedback on their coaching and help."

The experience had also shown the students that it was a sport for everyone, he added