What is Bowl for Health?

‘Bowl for Health’ is a 6-8 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 and volunteers, 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 2022

Here you will find details of bowling clubs across Merseyside that are running Bowl for Health courses.

If you can’t see a course taking place near you and would like to pre-register your interest and be contacted as soon as a course near you is planned then please contact Danny Woodworth via d.woodworth@merseysidesport.com to be notified directly.

Liverpool

  • Mossley Hill Bowling Club (Mossley Hill Road, L18 8BX): Starts 11.00am to 12.00pm Tuesday 8th March (for 6 weeks) – to book your place please contact Arthur Carson on 07786 374472 or email arthur_carson@hotmail.com
  • Thingwall Bowling Club (Thingwall Road, Liverpool, L15 7JX): Starts 2.00pm to 3.00pm Sunday 7th August (for 6 weeks) – to book your place please contact Carol Golightly via 07762 099789

 

St Helens

  • Rainhill Bowling Club (Victoria Terrace,L35 0LH) from: 10.30am to 11.30am Saturday 23rd April 2022 (for 5 weeks).  For more information or to book your place please contact Margaret Hughes on 0151 430 9985 or email hmargaret80@yahoo.co.uk
  • Eccleston Lane Ends Bowling Club (The Green, off St Helens Road, L34 2UG) from: 11.00am to 12.00pm Friday 20th May (for 6 weeks). For more information or to book your place please contact Marian Manley via 07837 677930 or manleymarian@yahoo.co.uk
  • Prescot & Odyssey Bowling Club (Burrows Lane, L34 6JW) from: 1.30pm to 2.30pm Wednesday 27th April 2022 (for 6 weeks). For more information or to book your place please contact John Pye on 07747 362555 or email john.pye5@virginmedia.com
  • Black Horse Bowling Club Bowling Club (Ruskin Sports Village, WA10 6RP ) from: 1.00pm to 2.30pm Friday 8th July 2022 (for 6 weeks). For more info or to book your place please contact Les Hatton on 07913698526

 

Wirral

  • Bromborough Social Bowling Club (off Hadley Avenue, CH62 7AW) from: 11.00am to 12.00pm Thursday 7th April 2022 (for 8 weeks). For more information or to book your place please contact Paul Chapman on 07434 885936 or email paulxchapman@gmx.co.uk
  • Oxton Conservative Club (Village Road, CH43 5SR) – date to be confirmed. For further information or to book a place please contact Bill Dow on 07843 184688 or billbobdow@gmail.com

Sefton

  • Crescent Bowling Club (off Moss Lane, Bootle, L20 0ED) from 1.00pm to 2.00pm Friday 22nd April 2022 (for 6 weeks). To book your place please contact Maurice Sweetman on 07772363112 or email m.sweetman@outlook.com
  • Formby Village Sports Club (Rosemary Lane, Formby, L37 3HA) from: 11.00am to 12.00pm Wednesday & Thursday from 4th/5th May (for 8 weeks) To book your place please contact Eric Gowling via ericgowling@btinternet.com
  • Hightown Bowling Club (Sandy Lane) from: 2.00pm to 3.00pm Monday 16th May 2022 (for 6 weeks). To book your place please contact Diana Killen on 0151 284 8941 or email dianamkillen@gmail.com
  • Kensington House Bowling Club (12 Station Rd, Maghull, Liverpool L31 3DF) from: 11.00am to 12.00pm Friday 29th April 2022 (for 6 weeks) To book your place please contact Mike Melling on 0796 3911 613 or email khslcmaghull@gmail.com
  • Sandbrook Park Bowling Club (Orchard Lane, Ainsdale, PR8 3RA) from 10.30am to 11.30am Tuesday 12th April (for 6 weeks. To book your place please contact Dave Ogden on 07724042217/dave.ogden8@btinternet.com or Tom McHale on 07576959955/tmchale@sky.com
  • Southport Flat Green Bowling Club (King’s Gardens, Southport, PR8 1QX) from: 1.00pm to 2.00pm Thursday 9th June 2022 (for 8 weeks) To book your place please contact Jane Bowden via 07825 390198 or email kdbkad11@aol.com

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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