Bowl for Health

What is Bowl for Health?

‘Bowl for Health’ is an eight-week programme designed for complete newcomers to bowls, providing an overview of the basics and how to play a match.

The idea was developed and successfully piloted in 2017 by Formby Village Sports Club (formerly known as Holy Trinity Bowling Club) in Formby with support from MSP, and is now being rolled out by more clubs across Merseyside thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and Liverpool City Council with support from our stakeholders.

Run by qualified and welcoming coaches, older adults are being encouraged to feel the benefits of being more active by heading along to a Bowl for Health course near them. Taking part can give yourself a boost, feel more refreshed and is a great way to meet new people.

Sessions are suitable for complete beginners, with all equipment provided – anybody can join in and no previous experience of bowls or any other sport is required.

Merseyside sessions in 2020

We’re working with the following bowls clubs across Merseyside to host new Bowl for Health courses starting in 2020.

UPDATE 18/03/20: Following recommended guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England, all Bowl for Health courses due to start on the dates below will be postponed until further notice.  We hope that these will still be able to run on the day and time as advertised in 2020, but further communications and updates will be provided once a clearer picture emerges.  You are welcome to register your pre-interest with any of the clubs below to be kept up to date with developments on when courses may recommence.  For any further information please contact Danny Woodworth (MSP) via d.woodworth@merseysidesport.com

Liverpool

  • Mather Avenue Bowling Club (Mather Avenue, Garston, L19 4TB) starts 11.00am to 12.00pm Tuesday 13th May 2020, running for 6 weeks.  For more information or to book your place please contact
    Eddie on 07957392971 or email edni70@sky.com, or Bill on 07591166042 or email bill.lawrenson@sky.com
  • Mossley Hill Bowling Club (Mossley Hill Road, L18 8BX) starts 11.00am to 12.00pm Tuesday 11th February 2020, running for 8 weeks.  To book your place please contact Arthur Carson on 07786 374472 or email arthur_carson@hotmail.com
  • West Derby Recs Bowling Club (Mill Lane, L12 7JA) starts 10.30am to 11.30am Monday 10th February 2020, running for 6 weeks.  To book your place please contact Pat Hughes on 07811 779760 or email pat.yourstruly@btinternet.com

Sefton

  • Botanic Gardens Bowling Club (Churchtown) starts 10.00am to 12.00pm Friday 17th April 2020, running for 6 weeks.  *n.b. there is a £10 fee for this course, which will be deducted from your annual membership to the club if you decide to join afterwards. To book your place call Don Warburton on 01704 505210 or Rod Eckersley on 01704 224167 or email reckersley144@btinternet.com
  • Crescent Bowling Club, Bootle (Moss Lane, Bootle, L20 0ED) starts 1.00pm to 2.00pm Friday 17th April 2020, running for 6 weeks. For more information or to book your place please contact Maurice Sweetman on 07772363112 or email m.sweetman@outlook.com, or call Mary on 0151 521 1582 or 07881707531
  • Formby Village Sports Club (Rosemary Lane, L37 3HA) starts 11.00am Tuesday 5th May 2020 and 11.00am Thursday 7th May 2020, running for 8 weeks. These courses are for men only as the club’s ladies section is fully subscribed.  For more information or to book your place please contact Eric Gowling via ericgowling@btinternet.com or visit www.formbyvillagesportsclub.co.uk
  • Hightown Bowling Club (Sandy Lane, L38 3RD) starts 2.00pm to 4.00pm Thursday 7th May 2020, running for 6 weeks.  For more information or to book your place please contact Diana Killen on 0151 284 8941 or email dianakillen@hotmail.co.uk
  • Sandbrook Park Bowling Club (Orchard Lane, Ainsdale, PR8 3RA) starts 11.00am to 12.00pm Tuesday 7th April 2020, running for 6 weeks.  For more information or to book your place please contact Dave Ogden on 07724042217/ dave.ogden8@btinternet.com or Tom McHale on 07576959955/ tmchale@sky.com
  • Victoria Park Bowling Club (Esplanade, Southport, PR8 1RR) starts 10.00am Saturday 18th April 2020, running for 6 weeks.  For more information or to book your place please contact Andy Muchall or Judith Muchall on 01704 874458

St Helens

  • Rainhill Bowling Club (Victoria Terrace, L35 0LH) starts 10.00am to 12.00pm Saturday 28th March 2020, running for 6 weeks.  For more information or to book your place please contact Eric Davies on 0151 426 5818 or email eric51davies@gmail.com

Wirral

  • Bebington Park Bowling Club (Town Lane, CH63 8LD) starts 10.30am to 12.00pm Friday 17th April 2020, running for 8 weeks.  For more information or to book a place please contact Phil Spencer on 07733 304896 or email phil.spencer48@yahoo.co.uk
  • Bromborough Social Bowling Club (Bromborough Recreation Ground, off Hadley Avenue, CH62 7AW) starts 10.30am to 12.00pm Tuesday 21st April 2020, running for 8 weeks.  For more information or to book your place please contact Paul Chapman on 07434 885936 or email paulxchapman@gmx.co.uk
  • Heswall RBL Bowling Club (78 Pensby Road, CH60 7RF) starts 10.00am to 12.00pm Tuesday 7th April 2020, running for 6 weeks.  For more information or to book your place please contact Mal Andrews on 0151 606 0102 or 077461 14840
  • Hoylake Central & Melrose Bowling Club (Proctor Road, CH47 4BB) starts 10.30am to 12.00pm Thursday 16th April 2020, running for 6 weeks.  For more information or to book a place please contact Sue Nugent on 07867 973436 or email suenugent86@gmail.com
  • Oxton Conservative Bowling Club (Village Road, CH43 5SR) first course starts 10.30am to 12.00pm Tuesday 14th April 2020, running for 8 weeks.  For more information or to book your place please contact Stan Newell on 07791 274198 or email t.newell@sky.com
  • Oxton Conservative Bowling Club (Village Road, CH43 5SR) second course starts 11.00am to 12.30pm Saturday 18th April 2020, running for 8 weeks. For more information or to book your place please contact Bill Dow on 07843 184688 or billbobdow@gmail.com
  • Port Sunlight Village (Bolton Road, CH62 5DH) starts 10.30am to 12.00pm Tuesday 7th April 2020, running for 6 weeks.  For more information or to book your place please contact Carol Gould on 0151 200 0672/ ciclare@hotmail.co.uk or Kevin Turner on 07840 562392/ kevin.sheena@talktalk.net
  • Poulton Bowling Club (Mill Lane, Wallasey, CH44 3BP) starts 12.00pm to 1.00pm Sunday 19th April, running for 6 weeks.  For more information or to book your place please contact Keith Bennett on 07713 081243 or email KayBea@hotmail.co.uk
  • Upton Victory Hall (Salacre Lane, CH49 0TA) starts 10.30am to 12.30pm Thursday 23rd April 2020, running for 8 weeks.  For more information or to book your place please contact John Sherlock on 07902 596791 or email johnsherlock21up@gmail.com
  • Victoria Park (off Bebington Road, Prenton, CH42 6SH) starts 10.00am to 12.00pm Tuesday 14th April 2020, running for 6 weeks. For more information or to book your place please contact Richard Norbury on 07851 671069 or email r.norbury@sky.com

Looking to take part but can’t see any sessions near you? Contact Danny Woodworth via d.woodworth@merseysidesport.com to be kept up to date when new courses become available.

Further information for bowling clubs

If your bowling club falls under the area of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens or on the Wirral and you’d be interested in finding out more about hosting a Bowl for Health course then please contact Danny Woodworth via d.woodworth@merseysidesport.com

Further information for commissioners

To see the wider impact that Bowl for Health has on the physical and mental health of participants then please click here or contact Danny Woodworth via d.woodworth@merseysidesport.com

 

 

 

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