Funding fosters a new generation at Blakehurst Men’s Bowling Club

Blakehurst Men’s Bowling Club has received $3,000 in funding from Premier Gladys Berejiklian for the purchasing of kids sized bowls.

The funding enables children from Connells Point Public School to participate in the sport using age and size appropriate equipment.

The community sporting recreation project for students at Connells Point Public School runs weekly on Fridays, and eventuated out of a partnership between teaching staff and senior club members of the Bowling club.

Blakehurst Men’s Bowling Club president Wallace Chin, welcomed the funding announcement after many months of community campaigning.

“Many students were finding it difficult to participate in games, as adult-sized bowls are difficult for the younger primary aged students to hold,” Mr Chin said.

“This funding helped us purchase smaller bowls so all primary school students are able to participate, regardless of age.

“I’d like to thank David Holt from Active Bowls on behalf of the Club for selling us these bowls at a wholesale price. He was very generous and supportive of the program we run for the students.”

Oatley MP Mark Coure enjoyed a game of lawn bowls with the students last week and was impressed with the colourfully designed kid’s bowls that have been added to the club’s collection.

“I thank the Premier for her continued contribution to funding local programs and projects where $3,000 will go a long way and leave a lasting impact,” Mr Coure said.

Ms Laura Power, teacher at Connells Point Public School was equally thrilled with the funding announcement.

“It has been wonderful that the Club has supported our school by providing equipment and volunteers weekly at no charge, to teach the students how to play lawn bowls.

“This has given exposure to a new sport to most students and has been a fantastic way for our community to work together. I look forward to a long association with the Club.”