DORSET County Bowling Association hosted a youth bowls day at Poole Park, an event supported by Bowls England.

It proved successful with more than 80 youngsters attending.

The event was the brainchild of Bowls Dorset president Carol Williams, who has nominated the development of youth bowls in the county as her chosen charity.

Youngsters from the youth academy staged exhibition matches and played against and with Nicole Rogers, an under-25 England player.

Mo Monkton, regional selector for Bowls England, said: “It was brilliant to see so many youngsters enjoying the games and skills. Well done to the organisers, coaches and helpers.

“Your county will clearly benefit from this great initiative and I look forward to seeing some of these youngsters making a name for themselves and maybe playing for England one day.”

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