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Successful Instructors Course Hosted by Vistabella BC

July 2011 - Vistabella BC

Report & photos by John Carr (Please turn Sound on)

A group of very enthusiastic would-be bowling Instructors gathered at Vistabella BC, in southern Alicante, for a 3 day intensive course, directed by Ruth Compton, Spanish National Bowls Coaching Coordinator and ably assisted by Pat Metcalfe, all under the auspices of the Spanish National Bowls Coaching Scheme, (SNBCS). Also attending were 2 qualified Instructors, John Rudkin, Vistabella BC and John Carr, Benavista BC, who took the duel role of assisting Ruth and at the same time working to qualify as regional coaches and thereby enabled to direct Instructors courses in their home regions.

The syllabus includes teaching all the skills that will enable a beginner bowler to join the mainstream bowling community with a strong sense of confidence. During the first 2 days all the trainee Instructors were required, at times, to double up as “mock” beginners. On the last day, 2 volunteer beginners, Katrina & Richard, braved the extremely hot weather to provide very useful “real life” experience for the course members.

Probably the most important lesson learned was that being a competent bowler is not the only qualification for being a successful Instructor. The need to study the beginner’s delivery technique, rather than concentrating on watching the progress of the bowl was a skill that was emphasised throughout the practical sessions.

The challenges presented to the participants were confronted with much relish and everybody accepted that they had learned a great deal about teaching new bowlers and encouragingly many features that had improved their own bowling skills.


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At the conclusion of the course, Ruth Compton, thanked her colleagues and all the participants and announced that all trainees had passed the course, thereby “leashing” 12 new Instructors on the Murcia/Costa Blanca bowling community. Several members of the group expressed their gratitude to Ruth, Pat and the 2 Johns for their professional support.

Finally I urge club officials and members to make use of this valuable new resource for raising bowling standards in your area.

Instructors course participants.

Vistabella

Quesada

Colin Armitage

Deidre Lemming

Mazarron

John Bromley

Jim Tarrant

Monte Mar

Keith Bridge

George Wilkinson

Dave Green

Ron Campbell

Country Bowls

La Siesta

John Simpson

B Jean Cooper

Horadada

Instructors in training

Ann Allen

John Carr

 

John Rudkin

 

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