Short Mat Bowls truly is the sport for all. It is for all ages and abilities - making it the perfect sport for all members of a family to enjoy together. Like all sports, the object is essentially simple, but to be able to play consistently well demands determination, concentration and practice. Bowls is a sport for life - those who try it usually get hooked. It has been medically proven that bowls improves general health and helps to strengthen the immune system. Bowls is not only a sport, a varied and active social life comes with it. It is the ideal sport for meeting new people, socialising and meeting new challenges head-on
Make new friends. Stewkley Bowls Club welcomes new members. Don’t become isolated. Losing a loved one often brings isolation, joining a bowls club can help enjoyment return to life. Feel safe. People feel safe in familiar surroundings and company. Bowls can be a lifeline. New friendships can be formed. Community spirit. All members of the community can enjoy bowls and lead healthier life style.
Bowls give muscles and joints a good workout. The game provides all round physical activity for the body and the social side boosts psychological and emotional health. Bowls is primarily aerobic and provides valuable cardiovascular exercise as well as stretching muscles. Bowls exercises the mind trying to outwit opponents. All of this means during an average game you will: Bend more than 30 times. Walk 10 times the length of the mat. Swing arms more than 30 times to deliver a bowl weighing more than three pounds.
Competitions - VSMBFL and JR
The club plays in two competitions during the winter months -the Vale Short Mat Bowls Friendly League (VSMBFL) and the John Robinson Memorial Cup (JR). This entails one home or away match per week from October through to April and is purely voluntary and no pressure is made to play in competitive matches.The VSMBFL matches consist of four teams of three people from each club playing ten ends using three bowls. The format for the evening is four teams competing on two mats, tea/coffee/biscuits break and then the other four teams play their games.The JR competition consists of two games of singles, pairs and triples with the players names drawn from a hat to determine which game they play in, which position they play and on which mat. So you arrive at the club not knowing which game, position or mat you will play. Makes for an enjoyable evening.
To try short mat bowls just come along to a friendly roll-up session at Stewkley Village Hall Thursdays 7:00pm. A friendly bunch of like-minded people will offer a welcome and demonstrate how the game is played. All that’s needed is a pair of flat-soled shoes or slippers and a willingness to have a goThere might even be a cup of tea on offer