Alive Leisure is set to help more people access the sport of bowls thanks to £7,893 of National Lottery Funding from Sport England’s Small Grant Fund and £3,511.80 partner funding from Active Norfolk, the West Norfolk Sports Council and Alive Sports Development.
The grant will be used to buy a total of four Bradshaw Buggies (bowls buggies) to support the Wheelchair Bowls Club based at Alive Lynnsport. The club has grown significantly since 2004 and is already oversubscribed with participants attending on alternate weeks to ensure there are enough Bradshaw Buggies to go round. With the four extra buggies the club can grow and become sustainable.
Alive Leisure trustee Elizabeth Nockolds said: “I am delighted that Alive Leisure has been successful with its application to Sport England.
“We are committed to providing sports opportunities for all and aim to make activities accessible to people of all abilities. The weekly bowls club is a great example of this as it enables people with a variety of disabilities to access mainstream bowls clubs.”
Nockolds and Adam Garford (Alive Leisure’s Sports Development manager) attended the presentation with members of the Bowls Club to receive the buggies. The buggies will be gratefully received and used by the club members and hopefully attract new members to the Wheelchair Bowls Club.
The weekly sessions are organised by a dedicated leader and are suitable for those new to the sport and those that have played bowls before. Sessions take place every Wednesday from 2-4pm and cost £2.20. If you are interested in attending the Wheelchair Bowls Club or would like to loan a buggy please get in touch with Alive Lynnsport on 01553 818001.