Open day to help spread interest in indoor bowling

Last season's Tweedbank IBC squad which reached the Scottish Championship final
Last season's Tweedbank IBC squad which reached the Scottish Championship final

An open day is being held on Saturday at one of the area’s indoor bowling clubs, to showcase new playing facilities and stimulate fresh interest in the game.

Tweedbank IBC’s committee hopes to revitalise local support for the sport and hopefully attract some new members – enthusiasts new to the game or past members who may be willing to take it up again.

The event runs from 11am-4pm at the club’s Galashiels premises, which are managed by Live Borders.

All ages and abilities are welcome and the day promises fun, games and competitions, with a raffle and refreshments, while there will be a special membership offer available on the day.

Secretary Christine Kellet said the club was very proud of reaching the national team championship final last year and wanted to remind people of the enjoyment they could get from playing bowls in a first-class local facility.

While the club received grant aid from sources including Club Sport Borders, players raised much of the £10,000 themselves for the new underlay.

“ The committee members have worked very hard over the summer months and have secured funding to replace the underlay on the carpet, which will greatly improve the bowling surface,” added Christine. “We would like members to get the credit for that.”

Tweedbank also hoped to run a pro-am tournament in November but, for the moment, it was appealing to potential new members, ex-members and the local community to come along on Saturday.