The need for clubs reaching out into community events has never been greater, and there are some great examples of this happening across Wales to promote our sport.

At a recent ageing well event at the Grand Theatre in Swansea, organised by the Local Authority and partners, Swansea Indoor Bowls Club successfully hosted an information stand aimed at attracting new members.

Complete with information leaflets, a set of bowls and pop up banners, their stand at the large event had a strong presence alongside organisations from the public and third sectors as well as community groups and projects.

Two members from the ladies section, Joyce Mitchell & Lynda James were on hand to meet and greet the 500 visitors to the event and to answer any questions.

Club secretary & Welsh indoor bowls director Stephen Rees reiterated the need for clubs to reach out in their communities, adding,

“Whilst boasting a strong membership in Swansea, it is important that clubs see themselves as advocates in developing the sport to all.

This event is a good example of where clubs can meet a large number of people in a friendly and relaxed environment”

Swansea Indoor Bowls Club continue to run coaching sessions throughout the season to encourage people to participate in bowls and meet and become friends with other people.

BowlsWales would welcome examples of clubs developing community initiatives and are encouraged to contact with details.

Andrew Hopkins

Bowls Wales Communication Group