Bowls for the Youth 

Bowls have come a long way over the years and it is great to see the youth involvement skyrocket. Our younger players have the ability to bring a different game to the green which arises new challenges for our bowling community in Canterbury.

Bowls Canterbury is one of the best Centres in New Zealand for promoting youth bowls and it could not happen without the support from our clubs. We have a range of great opportunities where our young athletes can represent their schools to play in our competitions where they can learn, grow and develop their game of Bowls with their friends.

Bowls Canterbury Tournaments/Programmes

Primary and Intermediate (Year 5 to 8)

CAIMS Pairs Tournament 

  • Primary Sports Trust
  • Year 7/8
  • Pairs Competition
  • March 2022
  • Entries are made through the Primary Sports Canterbury - Michael Wilson
  • More details to come

Summer Tournament

  • Primary Sports Trust
  • Year 5/6
  • Pairs Competition
  • Date TBC (end of the year)
  • Entries are made through the Primary Sports Canterbury - Michael Wilson
  • More details to come

Summer Tournament

  • Primary Sports Trust
  • Year 7/8
  • Pairs Competition
  • Date TBC (end of the year)
  • Entries are made through the Primary Sports Canterbury - Michael Wilson
  • More details to come

Koru Games

The Koru Games is a multi-sport event held in the Selwyn District. The Games started in 2014 with now over 10 sports. The Lawn Bowls Competition is based on a modified pairs game at Lincoln Bowling Club. To read more about the game click here.

2022 -

2021 - 21/22/23 September 2021

2020 - This event was cancelled due to COVID.

2017 -  The 3rd annual Koru Games, 19th - 21st September, saw 120 years 7 & 8 students competing against one another. 14 different schools were involved in the Lawn Bowls competition, all of which came from Canterbury. Again this event could not be possible without the support and commitment from Lincoln Bowling Club, who each year, provide the venue and numerous volunteers that support the competitors each day. 

2016Koru Games 2016 saw an increase in participation numbers not only in Bowls but in all 10 sports. There were 60 teams entered from 17 schools. The competition was held in September at the Lincoln Bowling Club. Lincoln Bowling Club were again a crucial part of the running of the event, as they were able to provide the manpower be able to support the participants. This year Emily Robbins from Bowls Canterbury organised the event and received support from Katie Griffiths Bowls Canterbury) and Lincoln Bowling Club. 

2015-  On the 16th - 18th of September the Koru Games took place at Lincoln Bowling Club. This programme was part of the Selwyn Sports Trust multi-sport event for primary school students at year 7 and 8 levelsl. Bowls was lucky enough to be one of the five sports offered to students. The bowling competition included a field of 47 pairs of teams and was a great success on the green. Ali Choukry from Bowls New Zealand organised the event and received support from Bowls Canterbury staff and volunteers.

Watch this CTV article on the Koru Games - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_-qTKV2Hv4

  • Selwyn Sports Trust
  • All Intermediate Schools in the South Island
  • Year 7/8
  • Pairs Tournament
  • 20th, 21st, and 22nd of September 2022
  • Entries are made through the Selwyn Sports Trust
  • More details to come

Winter Sports Festival 

  • Selwyn Sports Trust Winter Sports Festival
  • 4-week programme
  • Canterbury Schools from Year 5-8
  • Foster Park - Rolleston
  • July through to August
  • More details to come

Secondary School Year 9-13

Regional Champs

  • Secondary Schools Singles and Pairs Tournament
  • March 2022
  • Entries are made through Schools Sports Coordinators and Enter NOW
  • More details to come

Burnside Under 26 Singles

Details: Burnside Website and Facebook

Registrations Close:

Entries are made through Burnside BC - burnsideu26@gmail.com

Centre U20's Singles 

The Centre Under 20's Singles is an event for local players under the age of 20 years old to compete against each other. This is a chance for youth to challenge themselves and to prepare for the National youth events such as the National U18's Singles, Regional Secondary Schools Champs and National Kittyhawk Under 21's.

  • Enter on the Bowls Canterbury website under Events, Enter Events, U20's Singles
  • January 2023
  • Canterbury players

Bowls New Zealand - National youth events:

Rangatahi National Singles - Auckland

Details: Tuesday 7 & Wednesday 8 December 2021

Rangatahi National Bowls3Five 

Details: Tuesday 29 & Wednesday 30 March 2022

About Our Programmes

Bowls Canterbury 

Bowls Canterbury are extremely driven and excited to give the youth more Bowls opportunities. We see a lot of potential in these young athletes, so our focus has shifted to the Intermediate and Secondary School age groups. All of our programmes are unique and are specialised for each age group and abilities. Our main intention is to make sure our youth have enjoyable experiences learning the basics and having fun. We also want to make sure that those athletes that are excelling in our sport have the resources and programmes to challenge and push their skills and game capabilities. All of our programmes range of fun activities and modified games that encourage and promote decision-making, problem-solving, communication and fundamental target skills.