Youth bowls academy finds home at Ballina

THE Ballina RSL Club has agreed to host the Bowls Far North Coast Youth Academy at its RSL Bowling Club in Canal Road.

"The establishment of a Youth Development Academy is a similar structure that exists for many sports locally and nationally," Ballina RSL Club chief executive officer Bill Coulter said.

"It provides a great opportunity for young up-and-coming lawn bowlers in the region to receive high quality coaching without the need to travel long distances."

The Bowls Far North Coast Youth Academy has been established to provide pathways for young bowlers from Red Rock in the south to Cudgen in the north and west to Bonalbo (the Royal NSWBA Zone One boundaries).

Zone One junior bowls co-ordinator Greg Danvers said it was great news for the sport.

"We now have a structure and a home, with expressions of interest from youth bowlers in our zone (Bowls Far North Coast) now open."

Prospective Youth Academy participants are invited to email their bowls resume to Greg Danvers at before January 31.

The Bowls Far North Coast Youth Academy is for registered bowlers from Zone One under 25 as at December 31, 2016.

The Bowls Far North Coast Youth Academy has the support of NSW National Training Centres (NTC) program head Gary Willis and national coach Steve Glasson.

"From Bowls Australia's perspective, we have a national program which incorporates state-based National Training Centres (NTC) headed up by our state-based NTC coaches," Glasson said.

"In NSW, Gary Willis leads this program extremely well."

Glasson went on to explain that the NTC Program is to identify future talent and develop them to become the very best they can be with a long range goal of playing successfully for Australia.

Willis has provided drills for participants that mirror the NTC Program at all levels.

The next youth training day will be at the Ballina RSL Bowling Club on Sunday, December 13, starting at 10am.