Bowls youngsters break the mould with GCSE in ‘older generation’s sport’

Lord Williams's School is running a trial for a GCSE course in bowls at Thame Bowls Club
Lord Williams's School is running a trial for a GCSE course in bowls at Thame Bowls Club

Many consider it a sport for the older generation but a Thame school has bucked the trend by introducing bowls to its curriculum.

As part of a collaboration with Thame Bowls Club, Lord Williams’s School has been giving the sport a trial run as part of its GCSE PE education.

PE teacher Chris Daplyn said: “It’s the first time we have tried it.

“We have got positive vibes from the kids. About a dozen or so of them are going down.

“We thought it would be good to introduce it, especially for people who don’t enjoy team sports.

“It’s about breaking down that stereotype that only old people will bowl. The kids have loved it.”

The idea was conjured up by Thames Bowls Club who decided they wanted to involve more young people in the sport.

After receiving a £500 grant from Thame Town Council, the club invited the school to send pupils along for their GCSE in PE.

As part of the GCSE at the school, pupils can choose four sports to be assessed in.

The bowls club is now offering the students eight-week courses free of charge with coaching and a final assessment.

BBC weatherman and chairman of the club Bill Giles said: “Bowls is actually a younger man’s sport played by old men.

“It’s growing in popularity. They are thoroughly enjoying it. There are some good bowlers amongst them.”