Free bowling for new members

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Stranraer Bowling Club is taking the unusual step of offering a year’s free membership to newcomers this season.

The club, on the town’s Bowling Green Road, is already well known in the community for its coaching and recruitment work in the area’s primary schools. For the past seven years its volunteer coaches have mainly focused on the P6 age group, as well as Stranraer Academy.

Club members give the coaching on a voluntary basis and show the schools’ teachers how to continue delivering the game. As a result the junior set up is growing and they have seen an increase in membership.

This year the club is pulling out further stops, signing up for Bowls Scotland’s grassroots initiative, 2014 for 2014, which aims to introduce 2014 new players to bowls by the time the Commonwealth Games comes to Glasgow.

And tomorrow (Saturday), for the first time ever, it will throw its doors open and host an open day – beginning at 2pm and primarily aimed at families.

“This will be our first open day and we are hoping to create an awareness about bowling and if possible get a few new members,” said committee member David Kelly.

“This will be a perfect opportunity to promote bowling in not just the Stranraer area but in Wigtownshire too, and the added awareness we will raise for the game will help other clubs as well.”

As an additional incentive the club is offering free membership to new bowlers for their first year. The includes access to bowls equipment and Friday night coaching and the opportunity to play in some competitions.

Given that the club’s annual membership is £50 for adults, £42.50 for seniors, £15 for juniors and £20 for postcode members (for those who live outside the Wigtownshire area), this is an opportunity not to be missed.

For further information please contact David Kelly on 07999 292110.