Local energy company, Pennant Walters, provided much-needed funding to Penygraig Bowls Club which has allowed the purchase of 36 jackets and polo shirts so that the team can now face their opposition in style. The club, which currently has three junior Welsh internationals on its team, is now using the start of the season to appeal to more young local people to join them in playing bowls as it bids to eradicate the decline experienced during the 90’s.
Steven Williams, Captain of Penygraig Bowls Club explains:
“The bowling green has been in Penygraig for over 100 years and during the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s we were one of the top flight teams in Wales. Sadly, historically the bowling green was sacred and children weren’t allowed to participate which then led to a decline in young people coming through and, tragically, the club folded.”
Seeing an appetite from local people to still play bowls, Steven was one of a group who established Penygraig Bowls Club in 2012. Still in its infancy, the club is attracting more members each year and now competes in four leagues.
“We are delighted with how we are progressing as a club and the calibre of youngsters that are coming through wanting to play as part of our team. Bowls is an inclusive sport and we are trying to combat the perception that often surrounds it.
“Having this funding from Pennant Walters has been a big boost to us at the start of the season and we are now set to face our opposition in style. Everyone involved in the club is passionate about bowls and wearing matching kit allows us to proudly show where we’re from. We hope more and more young people will see us playing and training on the green and want to get involved.”