Commonwealth bronze medallist inspires pupils at Daventry's Abbey CE Academy

Pupils and staff at Daventry’s Abbey CE Academy, part of the David Ross Education Trust, were delighted to welcome a member of England’s lawn bowls squad tothe academy.

David Holt, who secured bronze at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Australia, visited the junior school to encourage pupils to take up the game of lawn bowls. 

As part of the visit, the former international lawn and indoor bowler shared his pride with pupils as he showed them his bronze medal, whilst admitting that he has his sights fixed on taking home a gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. 

David, who also represented Australia at last year’s World Indoor Bowls Championship, spoke to pupils about how his passion for lawn bowls began when he was just 10 years old. 

Matthew Reetz, Executive Headteacher at Abbey CE Academy, said: “This was a great opportunity for our pupils to try out a new sport and find out more about lawn bowls.

“Everyone thoroughly enjoyed hearing from a professional sports player, and David’s visit has encouraged them to continue working hard in order to reach their goals.” 

If you would like to find out more about life at Abbey CE Academy, please contact 01327 702 433 or email