Club Open Day welcomes new bowlers
Bristol St Andrews Bowling Club’s Taster Session saw nearly 100 adults and children attend an Open Day during the afternoon of August 8 to try out the sport and enjoy the August sunshine.
As a result of the pandemic, a number of bowling clubs in the region have been unable to open to members at all, or are only playing internal matches. However, thanks to the proactive arrangements taken to make the club at Derby Road COVID 19 safe, Bristol St Andrews have been able to open up areas of the clubhouse and grounds and, following new guidance from Bowls England, were able to host the taster session.
Club chairman John Pearce says: “The afternoon was a great success, with coaching spread-out safely across the green. Club members were on hand, and professional coaching and extra equipment generously provided by members of Olveston Bowls Club and Bristol Arrow Bowls Club. “It was especially welcome to see so many children of all ages coming along and enjoying the sport. There were lots of budding bowlers, and the club will be looking to set up juniors coaching when we are able. The money made on the day from the popular prize raffle will buy a set of junior bowls, to be kept permanently at the club to support this.”
In these unusual times, the club has seen an increase in the playing membership. Not surprising, as bowling is easy to learn, suitable for all fitness levels, takes place outdoors and where it is easy to maintain social distancing.
John adds: “It’s also sociable, good fun and, judging by the success of our taster session, is something the whole family can enjoy together.”
Over the next couple of months, planned events at the club include weekly pairs league on Thursday and Friday evenings, club competitions and friendly matches. More taster sessions and open days will be held next year, but it’s still not too late to join, and membership for the rest of the season is at a greatly reduced rate.
For more information about membership and club facilities for hire, please see the website https://bsabowls.co.uk/ or call 0117 942 1103.