Olney Bowling Club

    Junior Section

    Olney Bowling Club takes the welfare of our junior members very seriously. 

    All of our Safeguarding Procedures, based on guidelines issued by the Bowls Development Alliance, are in place and all our L2 and L1 coaches have attended an appropriate Safeguarding Children course along with having recieved the Disclosure and barring service certificate.

    Club Welfare Officer 
     Steve Green

    These Safeguarding Procedures are now available in the clubhouse for any parent or member to view.  Please speak to Steve if you have would like to view them.

    What a great start for our Junior Section!

    Our Open Day in 2017 saw 35 young people enjoying the experience of trying something new with 13 of them signing up as members there and then.

    Our first Junior Section coaching session was attended by 14 youngsters of varying ages who all seemed to enjoy the experience. The coaches were very impressed by their enthusiasm and willingness to learn and we look forward to even more joining us as the season progresses.

    It was also pleasing to see so many parents at the Club watching their children put through their paces and who knows, perhaps some of them will decide to join us on the green in the year to come.

    John Lonergan, the President of the Buckinghamshire Bowls Association, had this to say:

    "This is brilliant news, and a credit to your club.

    I will share the success story so far with other County Academy clubs, hopefully to inspire them also. Obviously Rome was not built in a day, and it will take hard work and perseverance to consolidate your good work to date, but what a start!"

    As part of their learning about bowls included a trip to Berkhamstead Bowls Club where some of our Juniors took part in a mini competition against juniors, most of whom had 3-4 years bowls experience.   Having lost their first two games, as their final game was being set up, one of our team overheard the comment "well this will be easy, they have lost their games and we won against the team that has just beaten them".

    Not sure if it was the reason our team won 5-2 leaving two rather surprised opponents wondering why they had just been beaten.   Improvements as the competition progressed could be the answer.   Since then, our juniors have played against a number of other clubs, and even played in adult games and are certainly holding their own against players with much more experience.   All good signs that young blood is beginning to see bowls as a game to become involved in.

    More good news!

    At the recent Buckinghamshire Bowls Association Men's County Luncheon in the presence of the Immediate Past President of Bowls England, Olney was singled out for praise in forming such an active Junior Section.  

    Congratulations to our Junior Section and everyone who has been involved in its success.  However, special thanks must go to Rowland Cleverley and Dave Waddell for the huge amount of time and work they have put in during
    the season and are now continuing with their good work at Bridgman Indoor Bowling Club.


    OPEN DAY 2017

    Our Open Day was a great success for the new Junior section which we are attempting to get off the ground.

    Over 30 youngsters came to the club to see what the game of bowls was all about and 14 of them were sufficiently interested to actually 'sign up' to become Junior Members.

    Here are some of the photos which shows them getting a feel for being on the green and as you can see, real concentration was showing in many of their faces.

    Come back to the page frequently if you would like to see how they are progressing.



    As the season progresses, our Juniors are gaining in confidence and ability.   Lots of fun but equally lots of listening, learning and practice as these photos from the coaching session on 14th July  shows. 
    Our first inter club game against another club's juniors is on the cards.  Wonder who it will be?



    Our Juniors had progressed to a level where they were actually playing in a major club competition.
    They may not be able to JOIN the Carlton House Club but they certainly gave a brilliant performance in the Annual competition which is held in memory of Mike Smith, a popular club member and past Secretary at the Carlton House Club