Shobdon Carpet Bowls received funding to purchase a new mat.

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Bowled Over In Shobdon

If you think that bowls is something to be taken up when you retire, think again. Shobdon Carpet Bowls attracts members from the age of twelve years upwards, and offers young people a chance to compete in a sport on an equal footing with seasoned players.

Having originally been organised by a small committee in response to a request for evening classes to be held in the village hall, the group now meets every Wednesday night and its popularity is such that it is making headway in the local league.

Ann Kent-Philips of Shobdon Carpet Bowls said “Following the early success of the club we wanted to enter the league but to do this we needed two mats. A local benefactor promised to buy one mat, but as the evening costs each member £2 to cover the costs of the hall etc it would have been a good 18 months before enough could be ‘saved’ to purchase the second mat.”

“We put forward an application to the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust for funding to allow us to buy the second mat which was subsequently approved and then our entrance to the league began.”

The principle of the game is the same as other bowls disciplines; Deliver your wood closer to the jack than your opposition. The game is played on a mat and the delivery of the woods takes place from a designated area.

John Garbutt, chairman of the Trust said “The indoor carpet bowls has proved to be a great success and has been responsible for introducing young people to a real social sport within the community. We were delighted to be able to help the team enter the league especially as it provides a way to keep healthy and active no matter what the weather.”

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