London’s Olympic legacy has given one Lancashire bowling club the promise of a brighter future.
Crown green lovers at Penwortham Sports and Social Club are celebrating after winning a cash handout from Sport England in the wake of the 2012 Games.
The club has been granted a whopping £47,000 to improve its floodlights and resurface the car park, improvements which members hope will boost membership.
“We feel very lucky indeed to receive this funding and it’s all a direct result of the London Olympics,” said bowling section secretary Denise Bright.
“We have heard so much about the legacy of the Games and how, after they were over, they were meant to benefit sport all across the country. Well, our grant proves that it is happening. The Olympics really have left something which will encourage involvement for years to come.”
The club, adjacent to Penwortham Cricket Club in Leyland Road, already has floodlights around its bowling green, but they are almost 20 years old and struggle to fully illuminate play in an evening.
“The new lights, when we get them up, are going to be real bobby-dazzlers,” said Denise. “They will really brighten up the green. The car park is in a bit of a state and with that resurfaced, together with the new lights, we are hoping to attract a few more members.”
The club is organising a fun day on September 29 for people to come down and try out bowling.
“If there is anyone out there who has always wanted to try it, but hasn’t had the opportunity, we will pair them with a bowler and they can take part in a game,” added Denise. Anyone interested can contact Lorna Jackson on 01772 750048.