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.

You are eligible to stay in Cygnets for up to two years, by which time you should be ready to move into regular league playing. You can, naturally, join a league or two at any time, even enter your own new team, and there are open play sessions, the Sponsored Ladder Spoons and the occaisional friendlies to help hone your skills.

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 Frridays. However, numbers of Cygnets are growing and this may become a thrid Cygnets session in 2023.

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.

A request to experienced members

To run two sessions we will really need support from other Club members . This is a request for any experienced members who can spare the time to sign up and help man Cygnet sessions. Your help in would be very valuable, and it would not be a total commitment as there is a rota system.

If you are willing to help, please let us know if you prefer Monday or Tuesday or it doesn’t matter.