There may be a school of thought that considers lawn bowls is just for seniors, but this is definitely not the case in Torquay. Although the sport may not appeal to adrenalin junkies, don’t underestimate the fact that it is highly competitive requiring a great deal of skill at the top level, whilst at lower levels it is social and all inclusive with anyone from the age of 9 to 90 being able to take part and have a go.
Torquay is already proud to be the home ground for several Commonwealth Games medal winners including Sam and Sophie Tolchard and Natalie Melmore. Alongside these stars we are delighted to report that we are also seeing an influx of even more new, young bowlers getting involved in the sport locally.
Trudie Crouch, our own Bowling Sales Executive here at TLH Leisure Resort, was herself initially introduced to the sport by her daughter, Ella, who at the age of 14 is already fanatical about bowling. (Trudie & Ella are pictured here on our TLH indoor bowls arena.)
Ella’s enthusiasm started when her school, St Cuthbert Mayne, became one of 6 local schools involved in the Torbay Schools Bowling League, mentored and coached by local clubs. Under the wing of Torquay Bowling Club, she was lucky enough to be a member of the winning team, beating the Torquay Boys Grammar.
Having got the bug, she was encouraged to join the club as a full time member, closely followed by the rest of her family. In fact visiting bowlers to TLH Leisure Resort may well have met Trudie and Ella as they have competed in a number of friendly matches against touring sides.
In a short space of time Ella has already been invited to enter some County competitions, one of which was the Under 25 Singles where she came up against Sophie Tolchard in the second round where she scored a creditable 6 shots against Sophie’s 21.
Determined to improve and gain more experience she has gone on to attend a workshop with Natalie Melmore and has been playing in the Torquay Bowls Club B team. She also attended a junior selection trial for the Devon County team and the Amy Rose cup. Lucky enough to get picked to represent her County she recently played at Crewkerne against Wiltshire. She is now hoping to be in the team again playing soon against Cornwall at Wadebridge and she has entered numerous Club Competitions which will take place this summer.
Who would have thought all this was possible in just a year! And who knows how far Ella can progress – this could definitely be a name for us to watch out for in the future. Hopefully other areas will follow Torquay’s example by encouraging young bowlers into the sport. If you hear of any stories like Ella’s get in touch.
For more information about bowls tours in Torquay and about bowls holidays at TLH Leisure Resort, get in touch with Trudie on 01803 400108. Who knows, you may end up playing against Ella.
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