Worthing Pavilion bowlers ready to put year of frustration behind them

It was a terrible year for many people – and the pandemic meant that for the first time in its history, Worthing Pavilion BC had to close.

A warm welcome awaits new members at Worthing Pavilion bowls
A warm welcome awaits new members at Worthing Pavilion bowls

But now it is ready to reopen on Tuesday, April 20. The club will hold its opening drive for members with four sessions throughout the day.

WPBC is unique in the Worthing area as it is the only bowls club where you can bowl all year round. It boasts two county-class greens with a total of 12 rinks available for members to use. The club also has six indoor rinks available throughout the year. Clubhouse facilities include men’s and ladies changing rooms, a bar, a restaurant and a social area.

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Benefits of playing bowls include the fact it is not too strenuous, it is an all-weather game, it is sociable and fun. It’s also affordable and WPBC has a range of membership types to suit circumstances. There is a full subscription for the year, a summer only or winter only alternative or a social subscription.

There is a thriving junior section where young bowlers are developed – some go on to play for the county. Bowls also promotes good health – it improves hand/eye coordination and strengthens muscle tone, leading to stronger bones, muscles and joints. Regular exercise prevents depression and anxiety and promotes healthy sleep patterns.

Another benefit is that joining a bowls club will give you a sense of belonging, so you will feel part of a team. WPBC runs two teams in the West Sussex Bowls League as well as competing in the town’s Stracey and Brodie competitions. It also holds a variety of competitions for its members for all ranges of ability.

If you’re new to the game, WPBC has a team of coaches that will teach you how to play the game. You may be surprised at how quickly you pick up the skills. You can watch when the club hosts county matches on its greens:

On Saturday, May 29, Sussex play Surrey in the Home Counties League (11am). Saturday, June 5 will see Sussex play the Isle of Wight in the Middleton Cup (11.30am). On Sunday, June 6, Sussex juniors play Buckinghamshire juniors in the Junior Home Counties League (10.30am). Then on Sunday 13, Sussex play Kent in the Balcomb Trophy (2pm) and Sussex Juniors play Kent juniors (10.30am). On Saturday, June 26, Sussex play Berkshire in the Middleton Cup (1pm) then on Sunday, August 8, Sussex juniors play Oxfordshire juniors (10.30am).

WPBC has invested heavily in the infrastructure of the club in the past year. It has followed guidance issued by Bowls England and the England Indoor Bowls Association to ensure people’s safety. These include sensors to check people’s temperature, hand sanitisers and a new ventilation system for the indoor rinks, meeting government guidelines for indoor sport.

To enquire about joining WPBC please contact the secretary by email at [email protected] or by calling 01903 820079.