After a delay of a year due to the coronavirus pandemic the Warwickshire Bowls Academy held its first session with a group of five young bowlers.
The academy is a joint venture by Warwickshire County BA and Warwickshire Womens BA, who between them represent flag green outdoors bowls in the county. Headed by County Coach Mal Evans assisted by Joy Cooke and Jerry Horne the academy is aimed at bowlers aged 25 and under, helping them develop and build the skills needed to help them progress in the sports of bowls and help provide players capable of representing the County at the higher levels of the sport. Academy Ambassador Kirsty Richards, who is a current England Junior and Senior International as well as playing for Warwickshire in national competitions, joined the coaching team to welcome the youngsters for the inaugural session.
After a discussion and practical exercises on the importance of having a proper warm-up before playing and practising the group was taken through several skills based exercises before rounding off the session with a series of singles games, followed by talking about things learnt and the importance of warming down after activity.
For pictures from the session see the gallery section.