|Green For Go - Bowling Them Over In Ince
A new bowling green is proving to be the crowning glory for a Wigan sports club, because everyone wants to use it!
The green at Ince Rose Bridge Sports & Community Club on Pinfold Street is proving to be a major attraction for the wider community and is a hit with adults and children alike.
Funded through the government's Single Regeneration Budget programme (SRB5 and 6), the green at the Pinfold Street sports club was designed and built to benefit the community for years to come.
And it's already proving it's worth due to its popularity.
Club manager Steve Tomlinson said:
"At the end of the season we had to close the green for essential maintenance work but we found it wasn't practical to do so for very long because there were so many teams still wanting to use it."
Nine teams of all ages currently use the green throughout the week and it is also used by members of a nearby youth club.
Mr Tomlison added:
"During the close season we have had inquiries from two more teams wanting to know about availability, which shows the demand for this facility."
The club also provides crown green bowls coaching sessions every Saturday morning throughout the season for children.
These session are well attended, well supervised and are already starting to produce the next generation of bowlers because three young members have already been selected to play for Lancashire.
Mr Tomlinson said:
"We are one of only two clubs in the whole of Lancashire that provides this service for children and this wouldn't have been possible if we had not received funding from the SRB6 Programme."
The green is open to all members of the public free of charge when there are no matches.
For more information contact Ince Rose Bridge Sports & Community Club on 01942 244111.
Lawn of Plenty: The new bowling green at Ince Rose Bridge.