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Bowls club rounding up support for new members

FOLLOWING more than 50-years operating as a hotspot for competitive and social lawn bowls, the Beltana Bowls Club is seeking to revitalise the sport in Lindisfarne.

Located next to Anzac Park in Lindisfarne, the club features two high-quality grass greens and one new synthetic green, as well as excellent dining facilities and a fully licensed bar.

With more than 150 active pennant bowlers, it hosts a range of activities including Men’s Midweek and Men’s Winter Series, Friday Mixed Triples and Barefoot Bowls.

Beltana Bowls Club president Bryan Rumley said the club aimed to increase membership by 25 per cent by the year 2018.

“There has been a bit of a lull in the popularity of bowls over the past several years and we are hoping to encourage the uptake of lawn bowls to ensure that it remains a successful sport for future generations,” he said.

“Although it is a commonly held belief that lawn bowls is only for older and retired individuals, this is not the case as the sport is suitable for anyone aged eight to 80-years.

“It’s interesting to note that the average age of the leading national lawn bowls team is actually younger than the Australian cricket team.”

In an effort to introduce lawn bowls to a younger demographic, the Beltana Bowls Club is in the process of establishing a schools lawn bowls program.

Beltana Bowls Club vice-president Ray Priest said this would hopefully see the inclusion of lawn bowls in physical education curriculums in schools across the state.

“The best result from this program would be the establishment of an inter-school competition in the Eastern Shore region or even southern Tasmania,” he said.

“Lawn bowls is a character-building sport as it requires coordination, discipline and teamwork – it is a great social and community sport, and it is also a lot of fun.

“Not every child wants to play cricket or football and so, we hope to offer a viable alternative in lawn bowls, either for social play or to compete at higher levels of the sport in Tasmania, Australia and even at the Commonwealth Games.”

Mr Rumley said the club would also continue hosting barefoot bowls programs for beginners, non-members and junior participants.

“Barefoot Bowls is the best option for beginners and we are equipped to lend participants all the equipment they need to participate,” he said.

“It is the first stage in competitive bowls and is mostly about getting out there and having a good time.”

Mr Rumley said that with the help of the Clarence City Council and possible community grants, the club would develop programs to encourage corporate and community groups to take full advantage of the club’s facilities.

For more information about the Beltana Bowls Club, visit www.beltana.bowls.com.au, phone 6243 8707 or email beltanabowls@bigpond.com.

Caption: From left, Beltana Bowls club secretary Peter Hyland, vice-president Ray Priest, club member Ray Smith, treasurer Deb Jeffrey and president Bryan Rumley.