A youth bowling club has applied to The Gazette’s Community Giveaway for funds to help buy more appropriate equipment.
The Youth Crown Green Bowling Group meets at Highfield Road Park, in South Shore, every week between May and September for children aged seven to 14 who want to compete in the sport, but they can’t because of inadequate equipment and a lack of similar groups to play against.
The group’s organiser, Karen Pennington, said: “We have been running up to now on borrowed or donated adult bowls which are a little bit too big for our children.
“We have four sets of junior bowls, which we have previously bought with donated funds, but the group has grown and the youngsters have, too. We need more sets of specialist youth bowls.
“We have also been left with having to use black jacks which we have painted yellow – they are better for the children’s little hands – but they are still not ideal.”
The group, which is coached by volunteers, is hoping for £477 through our giveaway, which is being run in partnership with the Swallowdale Children’s Trust, which would pay for five sets of youth bowls and four yellow jacks.
It is one of a number of groups which have applied for funds, including scouting organisations, dance troupes and community associations.
Karen added: “This would make a huge difference to the children in our youth bowling group.
“Crown green bowling is considered an older people’s sport and we are really trying to promote it to our youngsters. It’s through them that some of their parents have also got involved.”
Once the youth group gets its new equipment, plans are to encourage them into competitions.
“Our youngsters really want to compete, but there aren’t many similar organisations nearby,” Karen said.
“Last year we ended up holding a tournament within the Highfield Road Park team, which went very well.
“We could just do with this extra boost.”
To apply for a grant from Swallowdale Children’s Trust through our Community Giveaway, simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with Swallowdale in the subject field, or write to us at Swallowdale Children’s Trust Community Giveaway, The Gazette, Avroe House, Avroe Crescent, Blackpool Business Park, Blackpool FY4 2DP to arrive no later than Friday April 25. Tell us in no more than 250 words why you feel you deserve a helping hand.