Huge drive to get the bowling woods rolling

2016-06-14 06:00

Western Province and Bowls South Africa are going full tilt at getting schools involved with their youth development lawn bowls programme.

“Let’s get the ball rolling” is a massive effort to revive the sport specifically targeting our youth for the future in the sport of bowls,” says Glenda Pontes from the Goodwood Bowling Club, who is also involved with the Western Province Bowls Standing Committee Development and is the driving force behind the initiative.

Trevor Davis, executive member of Bowls SA, Anina Black, member of the national standing committee membership and marketing and Leon Venter, convener of the Western Province standing committee development, are just some of the people that have offered to assist and give advice.

“Goodwood Bowling Club, like so many other bowling clubs in the country, has seen a decline in membership, mostly due to older members passing away. The club has been in existence since 1963 and has a good track record with many a district player, and is a strong role player in Western Province,” says Pontes.

The Goodwood Bowling Club announced that 22-year-old Protea player Anneke Snyman has come on board to be the face of the campaign.

Anneke, a Bredasdorp and Boland player residing in Cape Town, is a dual member at the Goodwood Bowling Club.

She is passionate about bowls and keen to see bowls being taken to townships and more children from all backgrounds playing the game.

In order for this venture to be a success, schools must buy into the idea and help introduce the game of bowls to their learners. That is where the next generation of champions will come from, and that is the point of this drive.

Readers who would like to get involved and play on the Youth Day at Goodwood can contact Glenda Pontes 082 371 2940 and for further information visit or

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