Kids have a blast at holiday programs across Sydney

by Lachlan Williams

More than 250 youngsters hit the greens in the last school holidays across Sydney as part of holiday programs, with similar programs to come this summer.

Free Junior Jack Attack events at clubs including Padstow, Rosehill, Campsie South, Lidcombe, Dundas, Carlingford, ATC, Toongabbie and Merrylands introduced bowls to children and their parents who had never played before.

Aged between about 5-13 years old, the children learnt the basics of bowls all while in a fun and engaging environment,

“The kids absolutely loved it. They were doing different activities, rather than just the same thing all the time,” Bowls Australia Regional Bowls Manager for Greater Sydney Brett Hughes said.

“They get to meet different people and try something new which is great.

“Even some of the parents got involved and had a blast.”

Hughes said while the programs were beneficial for the participants, clubs also benefit.

“We give everyone who participates information about the club and how to get involved,” he said.

“There was a bit of interest from families to come back for more.

“At one club I had three parents come straight up to me and said their kids were interested in playing bowls and have organised some coaching sessions for them.”

The successful school holiday programs have opened the door for similar events this summer, with several clubs booked in to host programs once again this summer.