Lawn bowls is far from boring and bowls is an obsession , especillay in Scotland the home of bowling , that’s moving into the 21 century. Alex Marshall has helped to move bowls along with the wining of 2 gold medals in the Commonwealth Games. He has contributed to busting the myth that the sport is only for pensioners playing in all whites. Bowls has always been a stylish game with club house bars and good food.It has come along way from afternoon tea and dressed in whites.
Some still use whites but the more casual games are played with any type of clothing and maybe a uniform for match play and of course the introduction of coloured bowls with whites a thing of the past. Today players can wear any kind of leisurewear with colourful clothing being used. People come and play,from work , without changing. This can only be good for the game.
The game still has an image of pensionors playing with no younger people and this makes it is hard to attract young people to the sport.Infact most sport are suffering and finding it hard to attract you poeople with golf taking a hit. The game of bowls still needs more TV coverage and
It maybe neccessary for Bowling clubs to come up with new ideas to attract new member or to raise cash. With some clubs are introducing bowling in barefoot, open days and lessons for beginners.
Kelvingrove bowls, in Glasgow, has been open to the public for the last 6 years and have introduced, blokes who bowl and bowls and blethers.
The Kelvingrove Bowls Centre was host to the lawn Bowls competitions in 2014. The centre has dramatic settings next to art gallery and Museums.This is one club that seems to be expanding with new members.
It has been accepted that bowls started in Scotland with developments to improve the game. Bowls goes away back but no documents exist untill around the middle of the 1500's.
One develper of the game was William Mitchell (Glasgow) who came up with rules of the game that was accepted by Scottish bowls and this helped organise the game to something like we have now. Another Scot came along and develped the way bowls were made.Thomas Taylor bowls came into use and still going strong.Because the Scottish people travelled all over the world they introducted the rules of the game ( Mithchell Rules) and they became the norm all over the world such as The US and Austrailia
Although there are thousands of bowling clubs in the UK it is difficult to keep bowling shops open.It is advisable to buy from your local shop or it will disappear. Local shops offer a service that you cannot get from the internet.