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 Focus on Stamford Indoor Bowls Club


This week we introduce you to the Stamford Indoor bowls club who show us that bowls is a skilled sport to engage people of all ages and abilities - and as Autumn approaches this is one sport that won't be affected by adverse weather conditions.

 

FACT FILE: Stamford & District Indoor Bowls Club

Founded: 1991

Stamford Indoor Bowls Logo

Members: 500
Headquarters & Social: Exeter Gardens PE9 2RN
Open:

9.30 - 8.30pm (weekedays);

from 10am weekends.

Club website: www.stamfordindoorbowls.co.uk
Club contact: 01780 756452 (office)

 

Indoor Bowls: Rolling out Olympic spirit

The London 2012 Olympics are due to leave a sporting legacy for the nation but just how many of those sports can be enjoyed competitively by everyone from eight to 80?


Cycling? Swimming? Running? Boxing?

Young members from Stamford Indoor Bowls ClubNot really, even though they will no doubt be fuelled by the injection of government funding and a post-Games media frenzy. 
   
However, Stamford has one of the country's finest facilities for a sport that bridges all ages and where men, women and even children can compete on equal terms.

Situated off Exeter Gardens in the south-east corner of Empingham Road's playing fields, Stamford and District Indoor Bowls Club's stadium provides the opportunity to take the outdoor summer game onto its state-of-the-art 30 metre square, 6-rink carpet.

Complete with it's own bar, restaurant and free parking, it has a membership of over 500, many of them playingb all year round. But in the wake of the London Olympics the club is keen to provide the opportunity for even more to be attracted to the sport.

Bowlers can participate for up to eight hours a day - seven days a week - in a variety of leagues and friendly matches courtesy of a dedicated group of volunteers who manage the centre, organise the competitions and stage a variety of fund-raising events.

Stamford can even boast its own national champions.

Though predominantly for winter participation from September to April, the club has proved extremely popular with those who prefer their sport guaranteed and not subject to weather conditions.

Television coverage of the sport played both professionally and by elite amateurs, has helped to give bowls a higher profile and on October 13, current world champion Andy Thomson (pictured above with the club's juniors) will make a return visit to present the club's annual awards.  
 
Says club chairman Keith Rippin: "We know there are dozens of potential members out there looking to extend their competitive sporting careers -footballers, cricketers, rugby and hockey players looking for a way to keep fit and their competitive juices flowing."

The club's league teams, competing in four-daily sessions (from 10 until 8.30pm), are littered with players - men and women - who cut their competitive teeth on the local pitches and courts during the 1970s and '80s and have now found their skills re-generated on the indoor green.  

"Playing indoor bowls is also a way for the family to enjoy the sport together," says Rippin. "It can be played from a very early age - as young as seven or eight. In fact, if you can lift a bowl you can bowl it. It's also a sport that can be played by different generations and we're anxious to share the enjoyment of the sport here."

So if you're keen to take up bowls - equipment is provided initially - come along to the indoor bowls club on Saturday, September 22 (from 9.30 am) for a taste of a sport under qualified coaches. Alternatively, follow-up Saturday morning free coaching sessions are provided from October (9.30 am -noon).

 

Stamford Indoor Bowls Facilities

For further information visit www.stamfordindoorbowls.co.uk

 

Read last week's club focus on Rutland Velo Club

http://www.srsn.co.uk/sport/general/rutland-velo-club


Published: 23/08/2012





 
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