• Copy of Initial Press Release Re Bowls for Health

    Crown Green Bowls in Landmark Scheme to get the over 55s More Socially and Physically Active

    ‘Bowl for Health’ is a six week programme designed in collaboration with MSP (formerly Merseyside Sports Partnership) and Formby Village Bowling Club and is designed to get the over 55s more socially and physically active. It will be based at Formby Village Bowls Club, Formby, and run under the watchful eye of their British Crown Green Association’s qualified coach.

    Participants in the scheme will be introduced to the basic techniques of bowling, rules of the game, etiquette and should be playing ‘friendly’ matches in groups of four within a matter of weeks. Bowling is one of the few sports that allow you to compete at any age. There’s a low risk of injury and the game can accommodate those with a physical disability

    ‘There is plenty of evidence that demonstrates the physical benefits of Crown Green Bowling but we also want to stress the social benefits too. We want to encourage people who are living alone or wondering what to do once they have retired to experience the benefits of the game. 25 of members of Men’s Bowls are aged 80 and over – many of whom are playing 2 or 3 league matches each week plus regular internal competitions.’

    The evidence demonstrates that regular bowling can greatly improve general body agility, movement and strength. It can help lower the risk of stroke, heart attacks, diabetes and increases bone density.

    Bowl for Health is aimed at local people aged 55+ and aims to get people out of the house, reduce stress and depression and even inspire life-long friendships.

    Danny Woodworth (Physical Activity and Sport Officer for MSP), said, “We are delighted to be supporting Formby Village Bowls Club in developing and running the ‘Bowl for Health’ programme, which will enable many local residents to experience the physical and mental benefits of taking part in increased physical activity.”

    MSP is the only strategic organisation dedicated to unlocking the power of sport and physical activity across the whole of Merseyside.

    By providing leadership and expertise, plus access to a well-developed network of partners and funders, we create the conditions that enable people to be active every day

    Our work ensures:
    · Lives are enriched
    · Wellbeing is improved
    · Skills for life are developed
    · The economy is enhanced
    · Communities and networks are strengthened

    For further information about MSP please visit www.merseysidesport.com        
     Note to editors: Interviews are available on request from Formby Village Bowls Club