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Giving it a go with Junior Jack Attack

Since Sport Waitakere's purchase of a Junior Jack Attack kit from Bowls Australia, Community Sport Coordinator Javeed Ali has been busy connecting with community groups to give them a taste of Lawn Bowls. The Fono supports many Pasifika community groups across West and Central Auckland and we have been working with Javeed to link in with three groups.

The Junior Jack Attack kit is designed to enable school children to participate in an engaging format, which is both fun and inclusive. Importantly, it can be conducted on a range of surfaces including greens, carpets, concrete, wooden floors and just about anything else that is flat, eliminating the restrictions of requiring a bowling green to introduce new audiences to the sport.

Over the last couple of months Javeed has visited these Fono groups at halls and in community spaces. He talked to them about Lawn Bowls and run a 30-45 minute session demo using the Junior Jack Attack kit.

The demo includes; learning the basics of rolling the bowl, understanding the role of the bias in a bowl, and a number of games to help with their understanding of the sport.

From these sessions two of the three groups have indicated that they want to attend their local club to try their hand at the real deal.

The strong connection between the Sri Ram Mandir in Henderson and Sport Waitakere enabled Javeed to be able to demo the Junior Jack Attack kit to their Seniors group in March.

With almost 40 members of the seniors group in attendance Javeed needed to use both Junior Jack Attack kits that were purchased and enlisted the help of Pacific Community Coordinator, Chantelle Huch.

The group initially started playing like it was ten-pin bowling. But the benefit of the modified equipment means that no one was at harm of injury and the facility wasn’t damaged.

Following the session the group were enthusiastic in their response to participating in Lawn Bowls at their local club.

Safari playgroups provide a supportive, inclusive and multicultural environment for mothers and their children (0 – 5 years old) from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

Connecting with Auckland Regional Migrant Services, the mothers from the Safari Playgroup based at the Henderson Baptist Church received a Lawn Bowls demo as well.

Although their area at the Henderson Baptist Church was small the women thoroughly enjoyed themselves and have shown an interest in heading down to Henderson Bowling Club in their upcoming term.

The Junior Jack Attack kit has allowed for many community groups to learn what Lawn Bowls is, how to play Lawn Bowls and to create an awareness of opportunities available through Sport Waitakere’s work with Auckland and New Zealand Bowls.

Find out more

If you have a community group that would love to have Javeed visit and run a Junior Jack Attack demo get in contact with Javeed.

Phone 022 012 7264

Email javeed.ali@sportwaitakere.co.nz

This story appears in the Sport Waitakere Newsletter

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