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St Austell Bowls Club celebrates achievement with free sessions

St Austell BC receiving their Clubmark award

The first bowls club in Cornwall has been awarded official accreditation for its efforts in ensuring a safe, child friendly and effective playing place for young people.

Last week the Cornwall Sports Partnership (CSP) awarded St Austell Bowls Club with Clubmark status. To achieve the award the club had to work towards a set of consistent minimum operating standards for its junior section.

The club has been supported through the Clubmark accreditation process by the CSP and Cornwall Council Leisure Service. Rob Harrison, from the CSP, presented the club with their certificate at the club on Thursday May 18.

Rob comments: "This is a big step forward for not just St Austell Bowls Club but also for bowls in Cornwall; generally perceived as an older person's sport, bowls is proving that it also has a lot to offer young people too and there are plenty of opportunities for anyone to give it a try".

Shirley Robson, Club President, says: "The Officers and committee of St Austell Bowling Club are delighted with the news that we have achieved the Clubmark accreditation. We are proud to be the first outdoor bowls club in Cornwall to achieve this award. This is a great achievement for my club and my thanks must go to all those whose hard work has made it happen. We look forward to working with others to grow our great sport of bowls"

To celebrate its recent Clubmark accreditation award, the club has launched 'Bowls4free' - a new programme encouraging local residents to have a go at bowls, for free.

Bowls4free is a four week programme which allows people to come along to their local club and receive four free sessions as an introduction to the game. St Austell Bowls Club is running sessions on Tuesday afternoons, for further information contact Peter Heayns on 01726 75435.