Frequently Asked Questions
What equipment do I need to get started?
Great news – nothing! You just need to come along and our coaches will help you get started. For the first few sessions you can use a “house ball” and shoes will be provided. After that, then in order to really improve you will need to invest in a bowling ball that is custom drilled and fitted to your own hand. Don’t worry, it’s not as expensive as it sounds, and the YBC has a small stock of second hand balls which may work just fine for your first ball.
How much does it cost?
Training group bowlers pay just £10 per session, which includes coaching and use of the lanes for practice. £9 is paid to the centre, and £1 goes to the club funds which ultimately goes back to the bowlers as we are a not for profit organisation run entirely by volunteers.
How long is each session?
We start at 9:00 and league bowlers will usually bowl until 11:30. We would normally coach the training group bowlers for just over an hour each week so that we don’t overload them, as there is a lot to learn!
Can I leave my child at the bowl during the sessions?
All of our coaches and committee are DBS checked and are happy to supervise youth bowlers. For the first few sessions at least, it’s recommended that parents stay so that we can all get to know each other and best understand the needs of the young bowler. Most of our parents stay to watch their child improve and enjoy the fun. Grab a coffee and have a chat with the other parents, and before long you too might even be learning to bowl yourselves!
Can I get involved as a parent / guardian / adult helper?
YES – Our team of committee and helpers is made up from parents and relatives of our bowlers, and we welcome any assistance to help us reach out to new people in the local area and grow the club. Just come along and have a chat with any one of the officials about how you can help.