School holiday fun at Essendon BC
Essendon Bowls Club’s greens echoed to the sounds of 24 excited youngsters at the first EBC School Holiday Program.
As parents watched on, squeals of delight emanated from the green as youngsters drew bowls close to that mysterious jack.
The week commenced with 11 young people attending on a bright, sunny morning, followed by a further nine on Tuesday. Rain provided a disruption on Wednesday and Thursday, but the promise of a barbecue and some welcome sun resulted in 24 attendees on the Friday.
Visitors during the week-long activity during the September school holidays included Bowls Australia and Bowls Victoria Regional Bowls Manager Paul Holtschke, and Bowls Victoria’s development team Scott Nicholas and Sean O’Kane.
Under the guidance of club Junior Development Officer Wayne Moebus, a team of over 15 volunteers assisted in registration, coaching participants in the rudiments of lawn bowls and in preparation of food each day.
Free tea and coffee proved an inducement for parents to stay around the club and mingle with club members while watching their offspring enjoying themselves.
As a follow up, a midweek program to be known as the Junior Stars will commence on Wednesday evenings during Term 4 and will continue through until the end of the school term.
The activity is one that was a resounding success and well worth repeating in the future.
As an exercise in reaching into local schools, the local community and as a vehicle for promoting a younger demographic profile within Essendon Bowls Club, it was an extremely worthwhile activity.