Unlike many local clubs struggling to survive through falling membership, ours is not the case. A few years ago in partnership with Ysgol Glanwydden, we set up and now have a highly successful Junior Academy with a regular squad of around twenty youngsters. Ages range from ten years to early teens and, as the older players advance, further younger members are added to the squad.
Junior Coaching takes place on Sundays between 5.30 pm and 7.00pm; and in School Holidays, on Wednesdays between 24th July and 28th August at 10.30am and 12 noon. These sessions are split according to experience in order to focus on individual skill levels.
Our club also has a 'welcome' package of free coaching sessions for new and prospective senior members. These can be arranged either on a group or individual basis; they are fun and an excellent introduction to the game and our surroundings.
Our three head coaches are Wyn Owen, Margaret Peake and Ken Simms, plus five additional qualified assistant coaches. The programme is much more wide-ranging than just bowling skills with a great deal of emphasis on etiquette, attitude, team spirit and self-confidence; all helping with personal development. The juniors have now become a very happy and enthusiastic group of friends joining in many of the club activities.
There are several competitions they can enter at different levels throughout the season and many trophies to be won, some of the older players have progressed sufficiently to play in senior teams and recently, several of them have been chosen to represent Wales. (See the Match gallery)
Penrhyn New Hall is the perfect place for parents to come with their children with comfortable seating in a beautiful setting. Check it out. And parents; as you watch your youngsters progress, you might well get the itch to have a go and become fully involved, so remember that our coaches give free taster sessions and lessons (we can even do it without the kids watching).
If you would like a straightforward introduction to the basics of bowling, the following link is very informative, especially the section 'Crown Green Beginners'