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Hawick Superbowl schools competition gets more children playing at clubs

Rob Eyton-Jones, Bowls Scotland

On the eve of Legacy Week, Bowls Scotland held its first national coaching conference. Now, Rob Eyton-Jones reports on a local example of the rise in youth participation in bowls.

Children in Hawick are playing bowls at local clubs in higher numbers than ever as a direct result of the annual Superbowl competition.

Bowls Scotland member clubs Hawick, Buccleuch and Wilton, together with Teviotdale Indoor, are working with Hawick Active Schools and nine of the cluster primary schools to make the event a success for its fourth successive year.

Each school enters a team of between eight and 12 players and competes in a set of round robin pool matches. The top team from each pool progresses to the Superbowl Grand Final at Teviotdale Leisure Centre to contest the Superbowl trophy on Saturday 21 March.

Bowls coaching for local primary school children has been running since the beginning of the year. In January and February, over 200 children took part in bowls taster sessions at school or indoors at Teviotdale, led by the clubs’ qualified bowls coaches.

In the build-up to the Superbowl, the coaches also ran an afterschool club which averaged 40 children, who came along to prepare for the competition.

Capitalizing on the children’s enthusiasm for the Superbowl, every child involved is encouraged to get involved in the outdoor game at Wilton, Hawick and Buccleuch.

Last season 14 children progressed from playing the Superbowl to playing at Wilton Bowling Club where five became junior members. Nine children progressed their bowling at Hawick BC, two of them becoming junior members.

The Superbowl is a successful legacy from the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and its success proves that with the right introduction children love playing bowls. 

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