COUNTY bowls legend Alex Marshall launched Bowls Scoltand's Try Bowls campaign.

Marshall was joined by television presenter Ewen Cameron, who took part in a trickshot challenge, along with youngsters from Woodend Bowling Club in Glasgow, to launch the scheme.

The county star, a four-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist, said: "I am excited to help launch the 2016 Try Bowls campaign and really enjoyed having a go at the ‘Trickshot Challenge.’

"It's harder than it looks but I think it's a fun and innovative way to encourage people to try bowls.

"The campaign is really important in not only raising awareness of the sport, but also in changing perceptions and encouraging people to give it a try.

And the Tranent-based bowls legend, known as Tattie, also encouraged everyone to give the sport a try.

He added: "Lawn bowls is a sport for everyone and is one of few sports that people of any age can take part in.

"It is both easy and inexpensive for you to go to your local bowling green with friends, family or even work colleagues and try something new."

Six county bowling clubs – Dunbar, East Lothian Cooperative, Haddington, North Berwick, Pencaitland and Winton, have signed up to the campaign and are among more than 230 across Scotland taking part.

Colin Hutchinson, Bowls Scotland development manager, said: "It is clear to see that clubs are looking to welcome new members with open arms."

Participants will pay a donation to attempt the trickshot challenge, with the money raised going to the STV Children's appeal.

And Hutchinson added: "raising money for the STV Children’s Appeal is also something we are all proud to be part of.”

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