Firstly, I want to say what a great honour it is to
become the President for Sussex County Bowls and I would like to
thank my club, Arundel for proposing me, and to all my friends
at Arundel and Eastbourne who encouraged me to take on the role.
I have however, become President a year ahead of time, having
sadly lost Dave Ogley earlier this year. Iím sure you will agree that
we sorely miss his skill, knowledge and most of all his
I also wish to pay tribute to the dedicated group of
officers who head Sussex County Bowls, their help and guidance
I like to see us going forward with the new members in
the team, showing our clubs, we can change the way we achieve.
I have always thought that being in this great game we
meet and see people on a level plain. Whatever skills we have in
the game, we all win and lose some. However, some win a lot more
than others, these bowlers go on to the county and national
finals, and play for the county in the Middleton cup.
I would like to congratulate all the players who took
part in all national and county competitionís this past year. I
was so proud to be at Leamington spa to see the effort and
commitment from all the Sussex players
from Sussex county bowls in the finals. Well done all.
I have been very lucky to have
with a lot of excellent bowlers who have given me so much help
and advice whilst playing with them. This has undoubtedly helped
to improve my game immensely. I say to you all, never be worried
about asking advice from a club coach or county coach or the top
bowlers in your club. Ask for a game against
no matter your skill level. Iím quite sure they would be only
too pleased to help you out.
There are so many bowlers out there with huge potential
that we never get to see. So, I urge you all to encourage them
come out of the shadows to show us what they can do.
I have observed this year that across all levels of the
games I have watched, we are not looking after ourselves on the
greens. We often forget to take on water, so our concentration
levels drop. If your club doesnít provide water at the end of a
rink. Ask them to. And remember take a water bottle along to the
green. Unless we are hydrated we cannot play at our best.
I am backing my call to drink more, by providing water
bottles to the under 25 players and Middleton cup team and as
top rink prizes at some of my county friendly games.
Recruitment of new players is the key to the survival of
our game. We need to expand our view on the way we
get people in the door of our clubs.
We all need that little push to achieve and we need to
open the doors to more social events which in turn will bring
new members in to your club. I understand the opposition to
change, I hear we are a bowling club not a social club, it is a
call we hear all the time. However, if this great game is to
grow we must move ahead and show local councils that we can help
the community come together under the roof of bowling clubs.
Eastbourne bowling club took a short mat
to an age concern fair, at which there were agencies from all
parts of the community concerned with the over fifty-fives. The
club recruited 30 new bowlers from that one event. The Royal
Sovereign bowls club took along a stand with posters and cups
and medals display at the same fair and got 8 new members. This
highlighted to me the importance of interacting with people on
the short mat with the tools of our game. If the opportunity
comes your way, why not get a short mat into community group
venues. Get talking to your ward councillors, their job is to
help us with advice and they have a small pot of money to help
community projects. Letís get into the town centres and talk to
the locals about the benefits of bowling. Letís get talking to
community groups. We are the games future. Letís make our great
The charity I have chosen for 2018 is The MacMillan
Cancer Support who work tirelessly helping and supporting
sufferers of this disease and their families.
I look forward to meeting as many people as I can over
the next year and please keep the county informed via your club
delegate of any problems that may affect your club.
I wish you all good luck in the coming season in all
club county and national county competitions We go forward as a
Kinnard - President 2018