Clubs open up to beginners

Ayrshire Bowling Clubs are amongst 182 clubs across Scotland taking part in Bowls Scotland’s Try Bowls campaign this summer.

South Ayrshire’s Ayr Forehill, Ayr Northfield, Dundonald, Maybole and Peter Boyle Bowling Clubs have signed up to the campaign launched during the Glasgow 2014 Games to get more people of all ages playing bowls at clubs.

Over 100 bowling clubs capitalised on the heightened post Games interest in the sport by offering Try Bowls last summer. And as a result many clubs across the country reported increases in memberships.

This year the number of clubs taking part is far higher. Bowls Scotland is leading Try Bowls by helping clubs spread the word in their communities, providing posters for clubs to advertise locally, and creating a website to help people easily locate their local participating club.

Try Bowls 2015 officially starts this weekend when a number of clubs across the country host open days. Bowls Scotland is also supporting the STV Appeal by encouraging clubs offering Try Bowls to take part in a Trick Shot Challenge.

Said Darvel Bowling Club (Celebrating 150 years of Lawn Bowling in 2015) Secretary, Hugh Hunter: “Darvel Bowling Club felt that the promotion through Try Bowls would allow non bowlers to visit the club, try lawn bowls, meet the members and hear about the social activities also held at the club.

“Darvel would definitely encourage other clubs to take part as it is important that clubs encourage new members or the sport will just go backwards. Darvel did achieve a few new members in 2014.

“The main benefits to people in the community is to get involved in a sport that suits all ages. A friendly club can become a key part of the community not just during the playing season, but all year round. I know that Darvel welcomes all from young to old and currently have a very strong under forty age group and youth membership who are very successful competitors.

“Clubs have to continually encourage new members if they wish to exist, something that Darvel is very proud of in our small community and especially as we are celebrating our 150 years as a bowling club in 2015.”