Games of giant marbles begin at Marlpit Lane next week

“Mum! Mum! It’s just like giant marbles!”

Bowls genericAnd with that, the new children’s bowls club at Marlpit Lane was named. It all begins next Wednesday.

Giant Marbles is the Friends of Marlpit Lane Bowling Green’s family lawn bowls club in Coulsdon Memorial Ground which is open to families and children who want to try the game.

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 the equipment needed and coaching, including specialist Junior Ace bowls to allow bowling for children aged eight and up, and sometimes younger. We also have a set of 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, providing a regular 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.

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1 Response to Games of giant marbles begin at Marlpit Lane next week

  1. Thanks for the mention (and the header banner). We’ve just confirmed we can receive a grant towards the cost of children’s bowls, which means we will be able to support more players than we originally thought.

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