Like many sports Bowls has had its problems this year. Shropshire has however been at the forefront of new coaching practice with four bowlers trialling the new mixed online & practical coaching course. The course is usually two days of in person practical & theory but coaching provider Coach Bowls realised they had to be more flexible because of Covid.
Shropshire development officer Pauline Wilson said “We are the first to pilot the new online modules which we did in September with the practical session at Bridgewater & finishing with the assessment at Audlem. We have had problems to overcome; learning new technology and complying with Covid guidance but everyone has followed the rules and the four volunteers were all successful. Trialling this new system has meant we’ve managed, in a very difficult year, to get four new coaches for teams playing in the Shropshire leagues, Audlem, Hanmer, Llandrillo & Nantwich Park Road,
In fact, coaching in Shropshire hasn’t stopped completely and when rules have allowed some coaches have been running Covid compliant sessions throughout the season for new members. Bridgwater coaches Richard Proudlove, Chris & Graham Sayers have been working really hard, once their club was allowed to open again, and regular sessions mean they have picked up 6 new members for their efforts.
We’re all looking forward to next season when hopefully we’ll be able to get back to our bowls coaching”