Development is a key area for the Welsh Bowling Association. It is essential that our activities promote the Sport of Bowls, retain and recruit members, and monitor and update policy to assist our affiliated clubs to maintain a healthy membership. We need to offer new bowlers an opportunity to participate, and have an awareness of the best way to develop.
The Welsh Bowls Federation have set up the Clubmark Project involving a team of Regional Development Officers. We are grateful to Sports Wales for funding this initiative with the following main objectives: -
- Helping Clubs to attract new bowlers and members from all sections of our their local community, and with particular emphasis on junior development.
- Helping clubs to achieve a nationally recognised operating standard.
- Helping clubs to modernise their administration structure
- To assist clubs in the Clubmark scheme to retain members for the future.
Contact details for the Regional Managers can be obtained from the WBF or from your County Secretaries.
The W.B.A decided in 2010 to promote the formation of Junior Academies, and to provide a pathway for the young bowlers from their early careers to possible selection for the Commonwealth Games Squad.
To assist in this process John Baggott was appointed Development Administrator and three Regional Trials were held at Penylan B.C., Cross Hands B.C. and Llandrindod Wells B. C. to choose twenty- four young bowlers to form the first Under 18 Academy. John was greatly assisted in this task by the then Team Manager Phil Young, and all the Welsh Selectors.
Liam Bouse (Ystrad Mynach), Ryan Boots (Caldicot), Ben Cloake (Tenby), Jack Davies (Troedyrhiw), Dominic Hardy (Kerry), Ryan Hancock (Tyn-y-Twr), Stefan Harries (Carmarthen), Sean Hawkey (Splott Phoenix) Shane Hill (Porthcawl), Jarrad Jones (Ogmore Vale), Edwards Jelfs (Llandrindod Wells), Tom Jones (Caerphilly Town), James McNair (Llandrindod Wells), Luke Mumford (Kerry), Jo Mower (Beaufort), John Parsonage (Cwmbran Park), Connor Parsons (Murch), Gwynfor Parr (Dinas Powis), Matthew Preece (Melyn-Unt), Scott Loosemore (Porthcawl), Nathan Salmon (Whitchurch), Ben Simmons (Tenby), Aaron O’Sullivan (Havelock Park), Cameron White (Tenby)
The academy continues to go from strength to strength with many young bowlers benefitting from the coaching and experience that the Academy games give them.
Sincere thanks must go to our sponsors:
Taylor Wimpey Developments Ltd (South Wales)
Building 2, Eastern Business Park
St Mellons , Cardiff CF3 5EA
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Unit 1, Prydwen Road,
Swansea West Business Park,
Swansea SA54 4HN
Other Sponsors are invited at any time.