Indoor Bowls in Bassetlaw was established in 1982 and we always welcome new members and social members. Our friendly members will also be happy to support to progress and get involved in club activity.
Matt Bloor (Sports Development Officer - Nottinghamshire County Council) highlighted the good work taking place:
'Our Nottinghamshire Clubs have been hugely pro-active since the Hot Spot project started this year and lots of new Bowlers have joined clubs as a result. There has also been lots of interest in coaching courses, with our second BDA Level One Qualification taking place this month, meaning people can have a great experience at clubs and learn the sport in a friendly and relaxed environment.'
For further information on Indoor Bowls please contact Nigel Turner on 01909 480164 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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Planetbowls.com – Worksop Open Singles
The North Notts Community Arena hosted
their second planetbowls.com Worksop Open Singles on Saturday and Sunday the 21st
and 22nd of March, the prize pot stood at over £2,000 with the winner taking a
cool £1,000 from a field of 64 players.
Attracting a star studded field of world
ranked players plus current and past England and Scottish internationals,
including, David Holt, Jamie Walker, Amy Stanton, Les Gillett the quality of
the play was of an exceptionally high standard throughout the tournament.
It kicked off on Saturday at 1.30pm with 14
local players taking part in the first round of matches, resulting in wins for Bassetlaw’s
Paul Hill, Stuart Bratley, Dave Barrowcliffe, Craig Snowdon, Nigel Turner, Dave
Redfern and Simon Smith who progressed into the second round, only to see them
all disappointingly fail at that point.
The first and second rounds saw a number of
big name players losing including Amy Stanton Welford On Avon, Richard Summers
Norfolk, Craig Newton Featherstone,
Chris Moore Barwell, David Bolt Stanley, Connor Cinato Desborough and
Andy Walters also of Desborough.
Through to the last 16, where the field was
stacked up with quality players including
last year’s champion and current England international Ashley Clipston of
Alfreton, plus Jamie Walker of Wellingborough and last year’s very popular
losing finalist Lee Rowland of Ipswich and previous Planetbowls winners Phil
Last Ipswich and Graeme McDougall West of Scotland.
The crowd of just over 300 were treated to
some top play which resulted in 8 top matches providing a quality field for the
quarter finals where Jamie Walker, Wellingborough defeated, Josh Moore Barwell
8-4, 8-1, Josh Grant, Croydon defeating Phil Last Ipswich 7-4, 7-7, Callum
Height, Wellingborough defeating Wayne Willgress Norfolk 8-2, 5-4 and finally,
Lee Rowland Ipswich defeating Andy Smith Avon Valley 5-3, 5-5.
Three of the four semi-finalists were under
25 plus last year’s experienced runner-up Lee Rowland. In the first semi
Rowland played young Callum Height and after a very exciting two sets, Height
defeated Rowland 2-1 in the tie-break. The second semi was another exciting and
very tense game, however, full England
international Jamie Walker triumphed 6-5, 6-4 resulting in an all
The two finalists Walker and Height took to
the rink at 6.15pm on the Sunday, this was their sixth match of the day and it
ended as a game of two sets with Height running away with the first set 8-3,
before Walker’s drawing game returned and he won the second set comfortably,
6-2, before easing to victory 2-0 in the tie break.
Walker proved to be a worthy champion whose drawing game had excelled
throughout the competition. We would like to thank all the players, spectators
plus umpires and markers without whom the competition cannot take place.
The winner of the first ever planetbowls.com Worksop Open Singles was England International palyer Ashley Clipston of Alfreton Indoor Bowls Club, Ashley beat Lee Rowland on a tie break in a quailty final.
Have a read of the report from the Worksop Guardian website and a look at the video, click on the link.
New indoor bowls concept arrives at the Arena in March 2014. On Saturday and Sunday the 22nd and 23rd of March the Arena welcomes planetbowls.com .....a whole new concept for indoor bowls and the gateway to a host of Open Singles Events taking place throughout the bowling calendar at participating clubs - all playing to standard rules and conditions - operating as a straight knockout with an Open Draw - best of 2 sets with 3 end tie break as required.
Planetbowls is a product of the successful East Midlands Premier Bowls Tour which involved clubs in the East Midlands hosting locally sponsored Open Singles events with a ranking list culminating in a special 'end game' event for the highest ranked players on that list.
Planetbowls has been developed to widen the network further and exists to encourage bowls clubs everywhere to join the Planetbowls Circuit with advice on getting an event up and running on offer if required.
With ever dwindling numbers in the National Competitions and a distinct lack of prize money generally available in the domestic game, there is now a big appetite for Open Singles Events where players can pay a set fee to enter a straight knockout competition - mostly over one day - with the opportunity of landing big cash prizes.
Their performances will be ranked according to the stage of each competition reached, and the ranking list will be published and updated as we go through the year from the events on our Tour Calendar. Places for each open competition are limited and the hosting Club will dictate how many places are available, with an equal opportunity for local players to enter to ensure a good turn out of club members and spectators.
At the end of the tour circuit each season, the rankings will be reset but not before the Top 32 Players have been invited (i.e. no entry fee) to participate in the Grand Final event the following season as a reward for their efforts the previous year. These events will carry a top prize and could guarantee a bowls generated income for a year to the lucky winner.
Some of the Worlds top ranked stars are already on board - past World Champions Greg Harlow (Ely), Debbie Stavrou (Desborough, Maidenhead), Billy Jackson (Lincoln), along with tour circuit stars Graham Smith (Spalding), Neil Smith (Westlecot) and Danny Denison (Torquay) are all regular competitors. So too are WBT stars Simon Skelton (Nottingham), Les Gillett (Leicester), Mark Royal (Ipswich) and Nick Brett (Ely). This list will grow as the Planetbowls concept carries on going from strength to strength!
Getting involved with planetbowls.com couldn't be easier, as a player simply enter the competitions of your choice, turn up and bowl. Ranking points are earned for every round you win, your best five results count towards your final ranking position for the season, the top players each season are invited to the Grand Prix Series events the following season - with Grand Prix Prizes on offer.
The Arena's 2015 event will take place on Saturday and Sunday the 21st and 22nd March, entry fee will be £21 (inc £1 for planetbowls.com) with the winner pocketing £1,000 and a total prize fund of over £2,000.
To enter go to planetbowls.com and support this great competition.
The History of Indoor Bowls in Bassetlaw and What's Available Today
Indoor bowls has been played at the venue since 1982 and today we have almost 500 players playing competitively, casually or being coached. Above we have a picture from the launch day of our new bowls project Bowls4U where, from the left, former World Champions Andy Thompson, Billy Jackson, Bex Field and Greg Harlow attended the day and entertained the large crowd with their skills and stories.
The new project Bowls4U is based around re-generating the bowls area and increasing usage. Iin August/September 2013 we spent £50,000, with £42,100 coming from a grant from Sport England's Inspired Facilities fund, the Arena putting the remainder in, which resulted in the installation of a new bowls surface and underlay, plus new coaching equipment all thanks to Greenguage/Henselite. The area was totally re-decorated, including the Mural and new carpets.
This great game is in a state of evolution and is certainly on a upward spiral at the Arena and UK wide, with new formats and competitions being introduced all the time, have a look at www.planetbowls.com.
Gone are the days of blazer and the tie brigade, to be replaced with coloured clothing, training shoes and coloured bowls, some may say its not for them, however, we will bring them and the game kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
Have a look at the top end of the game, where all the players tend to be younger. The current men's World Champion is Scotland's 37 year old Arbroath policeman Darren Burnett, with England's 18 year old Kathrine Rednall clinching the women's equivalent title.
Let me explain to you why I think this game of bowls is such a great unique game and I'll let you into a little secret, your truly actually plays the game.
My introduction to the game came about 20 years ago, aged 39, by my dad, who played at the venue when it was named the Bassetlaw Leisure Centre. Dad called me one day and asked if I could 'help him out tonight' as he was short of a player, my first re-action to dad's request for me to play was 'give over it's for old men'. At the time I was still footballing and cricketing, however, being a competitive sportperson I couldn't resist the challenge. That evening I played and I've played every indoor season since then, at local, county and national level.
The game itself does take a while to get to grips with, (we provide FREE coaching sessions and equipment initially), it's certainly not as easy as some people may think. You can play casually with friends, in local leagues, club competitions, county competitions or even in the nationals, we have an indoor club based at the Arena, Bassetlaw Indoor Bowls Club where you can play competitively in the 13 leagues, alternatively, you can come down and join one of the many casual bowling groups who will welcome you with open arms.
As mentioned earlier, indoor bowls is such a unique sport.....unusually where sport is concerned, both men and women find it difficult to play off a level playing field. Going back 10 years the best player at the Bassetlaw Leisure Centre was Pauline Marples and she regularly whooped the men of the club.
You can play indoor bowls well into retirement, even if you are not the most active, its such a unique game, if you're lucky enough or unlucky depending on your views, you can be drawn to play the World Champion in the 1st round of the National Competitions, the equivalent of being drawn against 'Rory McIlroy or Lee Westwood' if you were a golfer....yes it's a great game, it can be very competitive or just friendly roll-ups, what is for certain you will make new friends and team mates, with friendships florishing for years to come.
So let's burst the myth in Bassetlaw 'of bowls being a game for old folks' there must be plenty of ex sports players or even people who just fancy keeping themselves fit and active, former footballers, rugby players, cricketers, squash players, netball players etc who still want to keep fit and active and perhaps a little competitive, once hooked this great game will allow you to play sport for many more enjoyable years to come.
The Arena boasts 7 quality bowls rinks, which now after the £50,000 refurbishment, compare favourably with the best facilities in the UK.
The rinks are available for hire from 10am through to 10.30pm Monday to Friday and from 10am to 5pm Saturday and 10am to 2pm on Sundays. Rink fees are £1.80 per hour per player, plus either day membership of £1 or annual membership of £14..
If you fancy having a go or fancy attending some simple coaching sessions, contact Nigel Turner or Craig Snowdon on 01909 480164 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com