ED Morris stands on the brink of bowling for England in the Commonwealth Games.

But the 33-year-old will be focusing on helping others follow in his foot-steps this weekend.

The impressive Essex County Bowling Club will be holding an open day on Saturday.

And Morris will be in attendance to help welcome those keen to take up the sport.

“We’d love people to come along and try it out and we try to buck that stigma that’s it’s a sport for the elderly because it most definitely is not,” said Morris.

“We’ve got a junior section and the youngster cadet is eight or nine.

“Our oldest member is 95 but we have every age range player and it’s a really enjoyable sport to play. People wouldn’t play it if it wasn’t fun.

“If I didn’t enjoy it I wouldn’t play.

“I play in club competitions and district as well if I have time because I just really love the game.”

The Essex County Bowling Club, which is based on Imperial Avenue in Westcliff, boasts both indoor and outdoor facilities. And Morris is keen for as many people as possible to come along.

“The open day on Saturday is officially 10am until 4pm but we won’t turn anyone away,” said Morris.

“If anyone likes the idea of playing but can’t make that day then they just need to get in touch with us. You don’t need to pre-book, you can just turn up on the day even it it’s raining because we have indoor facilities as well. It’s totally free and it will be fun for them.

“We’ll put on complimentary refreshments and it’s a game anyone in the whole family can play.

“You get youngsters playing, their parents and grandparents. Everyone can give it a go and we find most people really enjoy it once they give a go.”

Morris started playing purely for fun at a young age but has now worked his way into the national squad after securing an incredible amount of success in recent seasons.

“It’s all been a bit of a whirlwind the last four or five years for me,” said Morris.

“I wasn’t one of the players in the squad who was naturally gifted from a young age, like the other guys are.

“I developed a little bit later in life. I was about 24 when I had my breakthrough year and I’d like to think I’ve been getting better and better every year since then. I ended up giving the selectors no choice but to put me in the elite squad and now I’ve got that opportunity to be in the Commonwealth Games.”

Morris has been named in the initial squad for next summer’s Games in Birmingham. And selection would mean everything for the former Southend High School pupil.

“The Commonwealth Games are by far the pinnacle of our sport because it’s not in the Olympics at this stage,” said Morris.

“It’s a home Games as well so it’s a great opportunity, you could almost say it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to promote the sport as a whole.

“Hopefully it can help the club and we want Saturday to be the same.”

And, having combined the interview with having a go myself, I can definitely confirm it is a sport definitely worth giving a go!