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Young bowlers bridge generation gap

PUBLISHED: 12:23 16 March 2010 | UPDATED: 08:53 02 July 2010

Sam Emanuel

Bowls might traditionally be thought of as a game for the elderly but a group of teenagers have challenged the stereotype and now play the traditional game every week after school as part of a cross-generational league.

Bowls might traditionally be thought of as a game for the elderly but a group of teenagers have challenged the stereotype and now play the traditional game every week after school as part of a cross-generational league.

Roundwood Indoor Bowls centre in Taverham hosts the Generation Gap League every Thursday from 4.30pm to 6pm, and several young people come to play in teams with older people.

Jill Watkinson, events promoter at the centre, said: “The bowls club is not just for older people anymore - we have a great relationship with the local schools and have lots of young people who play after school.

“They fit in very well with our older players and they are learning a lot from each other. The older people say they are learning a lot about technology and they are learning what seems like a whole new language because the younger people use such different words, and the younger people are learning a lot about technique.”

Jemma Warrington, a 12-year-old pupil at Norwich High School for Girls, who plays in the Generation Gap League, said: “I started playing as part of a summer camp and I love it. Because I have asthma, it's an ideal game for me because it doesn't involve running about and yet it keeps you active.

“It's really fun to play and I think it's good for young people as well as older people. I've met a lot of friends through it.”

Are you excelling at an unusual hobby? Call Sam Emanuel on 01603 772438 or email sam.emanuel@archant.co.uk.

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