Residents across Southport are being encouraged to feel the benefits of being more active by trying a free beginners course in bowls. Taking part can give yourself a boost, feel more refreshed and is a great way to meet new people.
‘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. Run by qualified and welcoming coaches, due to popular demand further courses are available in Southport (at King’s Gardens and Botanic Gardens) starting in July and August 2018.
The programme is being led by MSP and Active Sefton, thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund. The idea was developed and successfully piloted in 2017 by Holy Trinity Bowling Club in Formby, and is now being rolled out by more clubs across the borough.
One participant – Gail, in her early sixties from Formby, explained how taking part in bowls has transformed her life, “I found that I became much stronger, more flexible and fitter since taking it up. The game itself is great fun and my fellow bowlers are very welcoming and friendly – I’m so glad that I decided to try bowling!”
Danny Woodworth, from MSP, said, “Being active doesn’t need to mean joining a gym, it’s about finding an activity that you enjoy – people have told us that bowling is a great way to enjoy gentle exercise in a relaxed and sociable environment. Bowl for Health is for anybody to join in with – it doesn’t matter what your age, experience or level of fitness is.”
Sessions are completely free for any Sefton residents who would like to improve their physical health and wellbeing, with all equipment provided at the sessions and no previous playing experience required. Courses start on a Friday morning (from 10.00am 27th July) at Botanic Gardens and on a Wednesday morning (from 10.00am 8th August) at Southport Flat Green Bowling Club.
Helen Birrell from, Sefton Council, said, “Bowl for Health is great way to increase your activity levels and enjoy the outdoors. We are delighted to be able to support the project to enable Sefton residents to lead an active lifestyle”.
For further information about the programme or to book your free place then please visit www.merseysidesport.com/bowlforhealth or call MSP on 0151 728 1811.