Indoor Bowls UK – Why Take Up the Game?
If you are thinking of taking up a new sport or hobby, either to keep fit or to improve your social life, why not look into indoor bowls clubs in the UK?
One of the first steps to take if you are thinking of joining a club in your area is to do your research. Look at some of the things that you like doing and think about whether this fits in with the budget you have set aside for this.
Some of the things to ask yourself are: Do you prefer to exercise alone or as part of a team? Would you like an outdoor or indoor hobby? Are you looking for something physically and/or mentally challenging? Do you want to do something competitive? How much time are you prepared to put aside to dedicate to your hobby? How far are you prepared to travel to reach your local club?
One sport that is becoming increasingly popular in the UK is indoor bowls, and there are bowls clubs all over the country.
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Every year, many people take up indoor bowls in the UK and enjoy all the benefits it brings. While some take up the sport to improve their social life, others choose to play bowls at a more competitive level – either competing within their local club or playing at regional or national level. If you do want to play competitively, as with all other sports, you will need to spend a great deal of time practicing and perfecting your technique. However, if you are playing more for fun, this gives you much more flexibility, and how much time you dedicate to your new sport is up to you.
Here we will look at some of the benefits of taking up indoor bowls in the UK and include some tips on how to find the best club for you:
The Benefits of Indoor Bowls
Not too Strenuous – Indoor bowls is a great way to exercise if you don’t want something that is too strenuous. This is why it is so popular with the older generation as it only involves light exercise and doesn’t require lots of running around.
All weather game – If you don’t want a sport that is too weather dependant, bowls is ideal. As it is an indoor sport, it can be played in any weather, so there’s no danger of games being cancelled due to being rained off.
Sociable – Many people take up a new sport to improve their social life. Some clubs have other social activities beyond bowls, including fundraising. Many indoor clubs also have bars where you can socialise with fellow members before and after matches. If you want to get involved in either club fundraising or charity events you may get chance to do this at your local club.
Fun to do – Whether you want to play competitively or purely for your own satisfaction, bowls can be a very pleasurable pastime. It’s a hobby that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and there are growing numbers of younger men and women that are taking up bowls competitively.
Affordable – It’s a good idea to compare the fees of clubs in your area to find one that suits your budget. Some clubs have pay as you go sessions, others have annual memberships and some have ongoing fees as well annual membership fees.
Promotes good health – There are many health benefits when you take up indoor bowls. It improves hand eye coordination and strengthens muscle tone. Any type of exercise will lead to stronger bones, muscles and joints. Regular exercise also prevents depression and anxiety and promotes healthy sleep patterns. Experts recommend doing 30 minutes of exercise per day.
A team member – Joining an indoor bowls club will give you a sense of belonging, so you will feel part of a team. You can make a firm commitment to the game by buying your own bowls equipment and clothing. Having your own equipment will enhance your sense of pride in taking part in the game.
Choosing a Club – Top Tips
Budget – There are plenty of indoor bowls clubs in the UK. You can search online to find your nearest clubs and you can also research the clubs fees and facilities. It’s also a good idea to find out about the cost of bowls and equipment so that you can plan a budget. If you want to save money, Bowls World have a selection of second hand bowls available. They also have a new range of quality clothing that is reasonably priced.
Visit Your Local Club – It’s a good idea to visit your local club, before you decide to join. Have a look round the facilities – your local club might have a bar, restaurant and/or social area, which is ideal if you are looking for this in a club. Also have a chat to some of the existing members, as you may get some handy advice about the club and the game itself.
Indoors or outdoors? – Some indoor bowls clubs also have outdoor bowling greens, so you can play under cover or outside, depending on the season.
Whatever you decide to do and whichever club you join, it’s always good to consult your doctor before starting any kind of exercise.
About Bowls World
Martin Curtis established Bowls World in 1992 and has been a bowls enthusiast since the age of 13, so he’s ideally placed to offer the best products and advice. The shop is situated close to Ipswich town centre. Why not visit us today, if you are local, or look at our website to view our wide range of products?
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