Bowls club keen to boost their numbers

Welton Short Bowls Club, who meet at Welton Village Hall.  Pictured: Charlie Kendall.
Welton Short Bowls Club, who meet at Welton Village Hall. Pictured: Charlie Kendall.

A SUCCESSFUL village bowls club is keen to attract new members in a bid to address dwindling numbers.

Welton Short Mat Bowls Club was founded 15 years ago and competes in the Northamptonshire Short Mat Bowls Association day and evening leagues.

Chairman Clive Younger said: “In 2002 we gained promotion to the evening Premier league and have retained our status finishing between third and sixth in each season.

“In the day league, which is regionally based, our record over the past 10 years is five times winners, four times runner-up, once third.

“Over the years six of our members have represented Northamptonshire in inter county matches although at the moment only two are regular members of the county squad.

“This is symptomatic of our current problem where ill health and relocation of members means we will struggle to field a team in the forthcoming season.

“Short mat bowls is a great game being open to all age groups with the potential for both sexes to compete equally.

“The club has all the equipment necessary so anyone, experienced or beginner, is very welcome to come and play either socially or competitively.”

The club meet on Wednesdays at 2pm and Fridays at 7.30pm in Welton village hall.

They will be holding an open day on Sunday, September 11 from 10am to 2pm for anyone wishing to give it a try.

For more information about the sport, go to the Northamptonshire Short Mat Bowls Association website www.nsmba.co.uk