On Saturday 21st July Stratton Bowls Club welcomed a group of young people with learning difficulties from the Swindon Ten to Eighteen Project (STEP).
The day was designed to provide young people an opportunity to participate in sport and assist with their development.
Those attending were provided with instructions on the game of Bowls by our coaches. A number of fun activities were then played like skittle bowls before playing a number of ends.
The youngsters all had an enjoyable time and it’s the club’s intention to plan future visits.
STEP is a short term intervention programme where the aim is to build young people's skills, knowledge and confidence to be able to cope better and make a positive contribution to society For more information about STEP see www.swindonstep.org.uk
In addition, Jeanette Maisey, a visually impaired bowler from Wootton Bassett, who also represents Disability Bowls England was in attendance with her Director, Richard. It was fascinating to watch Jeanette bowl to instructions from Richard who informed her how far she was away from the jack and where on a clock her bowl had landed (e.g. half past five). She treated Iain Riach to a game and beat him whilst James Bryant had a go blindfolded - there is no truth in the rumour he was closer to the jack than normal with a blindfold on. It was a lot more difficult than it sounds but Jeanette made it look easy which was a credit to both her and Richard.