Year 10 boys from Ambrose Treacy College, Indooroopilly have visited Jindalee Bowls Club for the last two years as part of their studies of Community Recreation. This year we had almost sixty students participating in a coaching program with fun games over a four week period on Mondays and Wednesdays. This was organized by some of the Jindalee coaches with the help of other volunteers. Eighteen members of the club were involved at different times which was a fantastic commitment as the sessions went for 1.5hrs with lively teenagers.
The students enjoyed the opportunity to develop new skills and loved the challenge of competing against each other. The boys learnt how to play several different types of games competing as individuals and as teams. Coloured barefoot bowls were used and add a more modern touch to the game. It is great to see the students faces when they listen to the instructions on how to deliver a bowl and see an improved result.
Our core business as a bowls club is to have feet on the greens. It is a cheap sport by comparison with a lot of others - students are charged five dollars per session with equipment supplied. This is great for our club as well as this helps to offset the cost of looking after our greens which are kept in top condition by our excellent greenkeeper who has been at the club for quite a few years. Bowls is a sport that can be continued throughout life as a social and competitive activity so we hope that the boys, their families and their friends may at some time in the future join us again.
It was important to let the students know that Jindalee Bowls Club is also a Community Hub and is not only of value to the bowls members. This linked in with their school work to show that sport is not limited to winning but is about giving and having fun as well. Our club is used as a home base by Meals on Wheels for the distribution of meals to members of the local community. Other groups such as Probus and National Seniors also use our premises for their meetings. The function hall is available for hire for birthdays, weddings, community meetings, exercise groups, etc. The more people we have using our facilities the more exposure we receive which helps ensure our survival as a club.