RESIDENTS across Liverpool 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, the programme is now available in West Derby and Mossley Hill.
The programme is being led by MSP and Liverpool City Council, 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 Merseyside.
One participant – Maureen, in her early sixties, explained how taking part in bowls has transformed her life: “I’ve benefited by getting active in a gentle way and find that bowling can be a very relaxing, calming activity when played for fun rather than competitively.”
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 starting up in March in West Derby (at West Derby Recs Bowling Club on Mill Lane) and in Mossley Hill (at Mossley Hill Bowling Club on Mossley Hill Road) – completely free for any Liverpool residents who would like to improve their physical health and wellbeing, with all equipment provided and no previous experience required.
John Farrell from Liverpool City Council said: “Bowl for Health is great way to enjoy the outdoors and increase your recreational activity levels. We are delighted to be able to support the project and enabling Liverpool residents to lead a more 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.