Borough Insight

Try bowls!

Did you know that there are four bowls clubs in the Borough? Now is a great time to try this activity that gets you moving, helps you meet new people and keeps your mind active

Why try Bowls?

Bowls is a social sport which enables participants to get to know each other while playing in a team or during friendly competition. All you need to do is turn up and have a good time.

Most clubs give new members free coaching and lend equipment before joining. All you require is a pair of flat shoes.

You can play bowls socially to make new friends, you do not have to play competitively.

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Like many games, the object of bowls is essentially simple. It can be played by anyone, but to play consistently well demands determination, concentration and practice.

The game is played on a square of closely cut grass called 'the green', which is divided into playing areas called rinks.

The green is surrounded by a small ditch to catch bowls which leave the green, and a bank upon which markers indicate the sidelines and centrelines of each rink.

Players take turns to deliver their bowls from a mat at one end of the rink towards a small white ball called the jack at the other end. The bowls are shaped so that they take a curved path towards the jack. To be successful the bowl must be delivered with the correct weight, along the correct line.

The object is to get one or more of your bowls closer to the jack than those of your opponents on each end - one point is scored for each counting bowl.

There are many different formats to the game, but the most common in England are singles or in teams of pairs, triples or fours. In singles, the winner is the first to score 21 points. In the other three formats, the winner is the team that scores the most points over a set number of ends.

Why not contact a local bowls club to find about all the benefits of playing bowls?

Auriol Bowling Club
Aurial Park, Salisbury road, Worcester Park, KT4 7DP 

Epsom Court Bowling Club
Court Recreation Ground, Pound Hill, Epsom, KT19 8SB

Epsom Park Bowling Club
Alexandra Park, Alexandra Road, Epsom, KT17 4BY

Ewell Village Bowling Club
Gibraltar Recreation Ground, West Street, Ewell, KT17 1UX


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