Regardless of age, new and novice bowlers can be daunted at joining an active busy bowls club; at East Dorset our Cygnets group provides such bowlers with an introduction to the game of indoor bowls and to our Club, plus the coaching and experience needed to turn these ugly ducklings into the bowler they want to be.

Plans for the 2023/24 Cygnets Season

Firstly, what is Cygnets all about?

When you join us for the first time, with little or no experience of bowling indoors, there is our Cygnets group. Here, trained coaches and experienced bowlers teach you the basics of bowls, the rules and etiquette of the game. By playing in different teams and different formats - aussie pairs, triples, fours - you put these into practise and learn how to lead, skip, read heads and, of course, how to win and lose.

You will also make new friends to share a drink with in the bar after training.

And then what happens?

Following your time in Cygnets, you should be ready to move on. There are several options, and they are not mutually exclusive. In addition to regular open play sessions, there are Organised Open Play sessions each week, giving you the opportunity to hone your bowling skills with other ex-Cygnets and more experienced players in a welcoming environment. There is also a weekly Sponsored Ladder that takes this to an extra level. You can, of course, join an established league team or two at any time, even enter your own new team. And don't forget the occaisional friendlies to help develop your skills more.

Our Cygnets flock continues to grow

At the moment we have two Cygnets sessions:

  • Monday - 7.30pm to 9.30pm
  • Tuesday, - 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

To help Cygnets gain experience in the game, there is a further Cygnets Open Play session on Fridays. However, numbers of Cygnets are growing and this may become a third Cygnets session in 2024.

You should be aware that bowls can be a very addictive pastime whether you are 10 or 70 - and we have had all ages in Cygnets.