‘BOWL UP’ WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY THIS SUMMER
6th August, 2020 by Matt Wordingham
Let’s Roll – that’s the message as we launch our national campaign to inspire people to ‘bowl up’ to their local green with friends and family through the remainder of this summer.
At its heart, bowls is an uncomplicated and accessible sport that can easily be played amongst friends and families creating personal challenge and stirring competitive juices. It is also achievable for people who, whether it be because of age, physical ability, inequality or other barriers, are less inclined to play sport and enjoy its many associated physical and mental benefits.
In this current Covid-19 climate and with a couple of months left in the season, there is a great opportunity for existing bowlers to advocate their sport to friends and family who don’t bowl and encourage them to go down to their local club with them to have a go in a safe, friendly and sociable environment.
To be part of it, affiliated bowls clubs simply need to inform us of a point of contact for the campaign, commit to offering new bowlers a free introductory go at the sport in a Covid-friendly environment and inform us of the new people who have been inspired to play. Over the coming weeks, participating clubs will receive free digital resources that they, and their members, can share across their networks and there will be nationally managed social media advertising to raise awareness further.
Chief Executive Jon Cockcroft said: “In partnership with the Bowls Development Alliance, we are excited to roll out this marketing initiative to encourage new people into our sport. There are many success stories of clubs engaging new players in these unprecedented times and this campaign will support our bowls community to stimulate this interest. Physically doable, relatively inexpensive and highly sociable, we look forward to welcoming newcomers to their nearest bowls club.”
All clubs that sign up the campaign and share their results with Bowls England will be entered into a free prize draw supported by Drakes Pride.
Three clubs, drawn at random, will receive two sets of Drakes Pride bowls that can be used in support of their future recruitment initiatives.
For more information, and to make sure that your club has signed up, go to: www.bowlsengland.com/lets-roll-club-admin/
St. Ives Bowling Club, are happy to report that under
Bowls England rules, the outside green is open to play bowls.
If anyone is interested in going along for a 'roll-up' the green is available by appointment.
Please contact the Club Secretary Derek Pickup on 01736 756462.
Normal rules of distancing and hand washing, etc are to be followed.
Great care to be taken to ensure safety to players
under these difficult times.
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St. Ives Bowling Club has been in existence since the early 1930s. The Club has been a source of enjoyment to many people in the area and has welcomed members from far and wide.
It is a mixture of sporting activity and social gatherings. During the summer months, the outside green is open and games of bowls, both competitive and friendly, are played on the immaculately kept green. The winter months see members playing indoors in the Clubhouse where mats are laid for the short mat division to take over.
The Club welcomes both ladies and gentlemen of all ages and actively encourages young people to take up the sport. There are programmes run with local schools for young people to attend during the summer months to encourage sportsmanship and exercise.
During the summer, events such as BBQ’s, friendly games and social bowling is encouraged especially with visiting teams, who come from all over the country. During the winter months, there are social gatherings which include Quiz nights, bingo and general get togethers. It helps to see the cold dark winter nights through in a warm and embracing environment.
In addition, for those seeking the competitive edge, there are many League and County games played by both men and women at the Club during both the summer and winter seasons.
The sport of bowls keeps one young and fit, which belies its image of an ‘old’ person’s activity. It not only keeps the body fit, but also the mind active.
St. Ives Bowling Club is a friendly Club and welcomes all newcomers to come along and try a ‘taster’ session, either outdoors or indoors. Join us between 2pm and 4pm on the last Sunday of every month. For anyone wishing to join the Club, there is a discount of 50% on first year fees.