Coulsdon bowling green starts summer classes for young players

By - Friday 13th June, 2014

Bowls is a sport usually played by older generations but now it has been opened up to younger players. Friends of Marlpit Lane Bowling Green has opened a club for younger players starting on Wednesday which will run throughout the summer. Everyone is welcome and players do not need bring anything as the club provides equipment and coaching.

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Release begins: Giant Marbles, the FMLBG’s new family lawn bowls club, will be running from 18th June in Coulsdon Memorial Ground.

“Mum, Mum, it’s just like giant marbles!” Named after a comment from one of our younger players, Giant Marbles is open to families and children who want to try lawn bowls. Since it was re-opened by volunteers, the Coulsdon Memorial Ground green has introduced a large number of younger bowlers to lawn bowls, including visits by the Scouts and Beavers. While bowling may have the image of being a game for older players, anyone can play. Many children are pleased to learn this is a game where – with the right equipment – they can take on their parents on equal terms!

Open to all experience levels, the club provides all needed bowling equipment and coaching, including specialist Junior Ace bowls to allow bowling for children aged 8 and up, and sometimes younger. We also have a set of size 0 bowls for newer players who want to try actual tournament grade lawn bowls. Bowling mats, scorecards, and tuition are all provided. All players need to bring are themselves, wearing shoes that are, in the words of the FMLBG greenkeeper “not too knobbly”.

The club will run every Wednesday from 3pm onwards throughout summer, and is aimed at families, young bowlers, and people seeking an after-school activity. Players can turn up and join in at any point after 3pm to allow for different school leaving times. Once the school holidays begin it will continue each afternoon during summer at the same times. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

For more information please contact the Friends of Marlpit Lane Bowling Green at  or visit their website at

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