Wellington Bowls Club is in the last four in the race to be named the UK’s best bowling club . This week its members were delighted to learn that they have been awarded the Club of the Year for the South West Region by the sport’s governing body Bowls England.
Tony Allcock MBE, Chief Executive of Bowls England, said: “We were delighted to receive a record number of entries in our Club of the Year competition from Cornwall in the West to Northumberland in the North. The standard was exceptional and the winning entries from each region stood out within their respective area. I am sure the judging panel will face a tough job in determining the overall winner.”
The award was made based on how the Club has developed over the past year. Wellington Bowling Club has been especially successful in attracting grant funding for building improvements, introducing bowls to local people who have never played the sport before, increasing the membership, and making the club disabled friendly.
The regional winners are:
- North: Fitz Park BC, Cumbria
- South: Gildredge Park BC, Sussex
- East: White Hall BC, Essex
- West: Wellington BC, Somerset
Each regional winner will receive two sets of Drakes Pride bowls, plus £50 cash and a framed certificate. The four regional winners now form the final shortlist from which the overall national winner will be selected whose total prize will include £250, four sets of Drakes Pride bowls, the Tony Allcock Trophy (to be kept for one year), a badge for each club member and a Celebration Match against a visiting Bowls England team in 2017.
The club members are very grateful to all the local businesses that have supported the club and contributed to their success.