Bowls club told own green key

Brinsley bowling green members looking for more players.
Brinsley bowling green members looking for more players.

The chairman of a bowls club in Staffordshire has offered a word of advice to a struggling club in Brinsley.

Ron Somerfield, the chairman of Checkley Parish Outdoor Bowls, said the bowling club in the local village should not be looking to recruit younger members to keep it going — but should instead look at keeping its own green.

He said it is a method he adopted and he now wants to advise struggling clubs to do the same.

“We took over a green which had been standing for two years 13 years ago as a new club. We employed a greenkeeper to look after the green and members look after the clubhouse and flower borders,” he said.

“Council-maintained greens are becoming more expensive and I suggest clubs do a deal and maintain the greens themselves,” he added.

Mr Somerfield said depleting membership was a national problem, but clubs should not be looking to recruit younger members to try and revive them.

“Young people are not interested in the ‘old man’s game’. It appears too slo,” he said.

“Most bowlers start at the age of 60 years plus, after the progression of playing football, cricket, hockey, basket ball and golf. It is when they find these activities too exerting that they turn to bowls.”

Back in August the Advertiser reported that Brinsley Bowls would have to fold if new members were not found.

The committee said they were looking at enticing younger players to the game.