Established in 1954, Kidwelly Town Bowls Club have had a busy and exciting few years challenging the common misconception that bowls is only for the older generations. They have used what they call 'unorthodox methods' to try and entice younger people to join the club, in order to not only make the club more sustainable but to also try and save the sport in Wales.
They contacted Club Solutions this Volunteers Week 2018, to ask to give two of their most valuable volunteers the credit they deserve. Two volunteers who are key to the running of the club and to which the junior sections in particular could not exist.
Kidwelly Town Bowling Club is a lawn bowls team established in 1954. We are a private club who currently have a Mens Team which plays in the Carmarthenshire and District Bowls League featuring many Welsh Internationals and Carmarthenshire County representatives. Our club is involved in many different projects in the community for example the bowling green is open to members of the public to try bowls daily and we run a successful Junior section.
Club Chairman and Greenkeeper: Colin Jones.
Firstly, we’d like to recognise our club Chairman and Greenkeeper, Colin Jones. He has been a member of Kidwelly Town Bowling Club for many years and has dedicated so much of his time to the club especially over the last few years. As well as being a playing member, Colin helps with our Junior Section but spends most of his time cutting the green, treating the green and preparing the green all year round, 3/4 days a week and spends many hours working at the club. Colin puts in many thankless hours on the green all year round with his small group of helpers and we feel that he deserves recognition for the great work he does. He’s a fantastic clubman and he deserves the credit.
Club Secretary and Junior Coordinator: Joshua Boyce.
Secondly, our Secretary and Junior Coordinator Joshua Boyce who recently won Actif Sir Gar Young Sports Volunteer of the year following his tremendous success in setting up a thriving Junior Section at Kidwelly Town Bowling Club, which saw over 120 young children try the sport. Joshua spends countless hours volunteering at the club through his various roles as Secretary, Social Media Officer, Junior Coordinator, player and Selector. He is certainly kept busy but does it over the love of the club and the sport. Joshua is again going to be running the Junior Section this year with the help of other coaches in the club and hopes that he can help to bring a younger image to the sport and build on the successes of last year for the good of the sport.
Developments this year:
As a club we are always looking to keep developing and improving year on year. We have identified the club pavilion as an area which needs improvement and over the next few years intend to renovate and extend our pavilion to make our club more sustainable for the future and are currently awaiting planning approval.
The Junior Section is an extremely important element of the club. Set up last year, the Junior Section is vital for the survival of our sport in Wales. We are actively trying to change the image of the sport and make Bowls more attractive to young people. We do so through the introduction of unorthodox coaching methods such as the use of football goals or cricket wickets to use more familiar and traditionally “cooler” sports to attract the youngsters. This year we are engaging in several Junior events, including Junior Fixtures against other clubs, a Junior U16s tournament (running for the second year running) and taking part in a Kidwelly Sports Day (where around 120 young people can try bowls). It promises to be another exciting season for the Junior Section and under the leadership of Josh Boyce, we are sure that it can continue to grow.