Dispatch district named as a bowls ‘Hot Spot’

ON THE BALL --  the popular sport of bowls is to get a major, promotional fillip in the Dispatch district.
ON THE BALL -- the popular sport of bowls is to get a major, promotional fillip in the Dispatch district.

Bowls, one of the most popular participation-sports in the Dispatch district, is set for a major boost that could generate even more interest.

For Nottinghamshire has been identified as England’s latest ‘Hot Spot’ area in an exciting, new partnership between the Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) and the Sport Nottinghamshire organisation.

‘Hot Spot’ status means that, over the next two years, Nottinghamshire will host an intensive recruitment and investment programme.

Play Bowls roadshows, Play Bowls days, and Play Bowls 4 Fun programmes will all be delivered around the county, including in the Hucknall and Bulwell area.

Sport Nottinghamshire and the BDA will be looking to work closely with interested bowls clubs and organisations to increase awareness, opportunity and participation within the sport.

Key objectives will be increasing the number of over-55s playing the sport regularly and increasing the number of disabled players.

Sport Nottinghamshire director Simon Starr said: “We are excited to be working with the BDA and see our new ‘Hot Spot’ status as a chance to increase the number of opportunities available in the sport. The key to maximising the success of the partnership will be working alongside the local bowls community”.

The main bowls clubs in Hucknall are based at the Rolls-Royce Leisure Club, off Watnall Road, and at Titchfield Park.

Thriving clubs also operate out of Bulwell, Bestwood Village and Newstead.

Jamie Chestney, of the BDA, added: “We are delighted to support Sport Nottinghamshire as they start to work with bowls clubs. After our successful launch of five ‘Hot Spots’ around the country last April, we feel the time is right to add to this and Sport Nottinghamshire was our number one choice”.

To explain more about the new partnership, Sport Nottinghamshire is inviting bowls clubs to one of two club development evenings on dates to be announced.

Any clubs interested in attending should e-mail matthew.bloor@nottscc.gov.uk or ring 0115 977 2268. The evenings will look at the support available to clubs, coaching qualifications and funding.

Coaching courses will also be rolled out, with the first on the Thursdays of 20th March and 17th April. at the Richard Herrod Leisure Centre on Foxhill Road, Carlton. The cost has been reduced from £90 to just £45.