Second defeat for Seniors League players

posted 19 Oct 2017, 08:51 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated ]

STAMFORD'S Over 60s Lincs League players are finding it tough going after gaining promotion to the first division of this county competition, picking up a meagre four of the 18 points available at Sleaford.

Following last week's home defeat by multi champions Lincoln A, Stamford were forced to make changes and only the rinks skipped by Charlie Jones - nine shots in the last seven ends - and Richard Martin, emerged with credit.

Results (Stamford names only):

Lincs Over 60s League Division One. Sleaford 92 (14 pts) Stamford 83 (4). R Graham, A Lonslow, D Henshaw, P Banks lost 18-23; T Mackie, D Veasey, Mal Smith, C Jones won 21-12;T Barwell, G Corby, T Christie, M Owens lost 12-25; J Bourne, T Freeman, D Heffernan, K Vinter lost 14-17; D Howarth, T Weaver, A March, Richard Martin won 18-15.


Stamford A have named their Over 60s Double Rink team to play Boston on Tuesday, November 7 (played simultaneously at 10am). Stamford B play Sleaford B at the same time - again with a rink at home and one away.

Home: D Hudson, D Want,  P Edwards, Roger Martin. Away: R Allam, D King, B Warters, M Dolby.


FOUR points was all Stamford Ladies, competing in the southern section of the Lincs Trudy Bates League at Boston, had to show for their efforts.

Making their debuts were 21-year-old Helen Holroyd and 19-year-old Katie Bailey and both emerged on winning rinks skipped by Peggy Birch and team captain Glenys Edwards respectively.

Result (Stamford names only)

Trudy Bates Lincs Ladies League: Boston 114 (12 pts) Stamford 75 (4). R Roberts, P Jones, H Holroyd, P Birch won 20-16; E Wallace, A Preston-Bambridge, C Warters, S Moir lost 15-30; J Want, M Holden, S Suffling, C Ford lost 11-32; J Dye, M Broadbelt, R March, D Mackie lost 10-22; K Bailey, M Andrews, P Dixon, G Edwards won 19-14.

Early morning carpet-cleaning crew hard at it!

posted 19 Oct 2017, 02:26 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated ]

Carpet crew: from the left Jeff Bourne, Ron Blake and Derek King.

FOLLOWING the hosting of the Open Singles Circuit, many bowlers have complimented the club on maintaining the speed of its carpet, following the latest stretching of the surface earlier in the season, writes press officer Bob Warters.

Much of this is down to regular maintenance in keeping the carpet clean and dust-free to avoid friction which ensures every bowl travels faster and more smoothly across the surface - not to every bowler's liking but ensuring that touch and feel in a well-delivered bowl gains maximum advantage.

With the operation, including extracting dust and litter from the ditches, taking over an hour, opportunites during opening hours are limited so often the cleaning crew, including Derek King, Jeff Bourne and Ron Blake can be found soon after 7am busy at their respective tasks. As well as the heavy-duty drum, they also use a lighter model and a special vacuum for the ditches.

Who says men can't handle domestic duties?

Volunteers - for playing surface cleaning, bar duty and bowling session administration - are always welcome.


It is a packed fixture list this weekend for Stamford Indoor bowlers with the key match a national inter-club Denny Cup tussle with local rivals Melton on Saturday morning - two rinks of four at home and two away. It is played simultaneously with the aggregate score putting the winners through to play either Grantham or Sleaford.

The losers will play in the Denny Plate competition.

With Jon Earl recovering in hospital after being taken ill (we all wish him well), Peter Edwards takes over his role at No.3 in Martyn Dolby's away rink and Alan Barnes is drafted in as No.2 in Roger Martin's home rink. Matches start at 10am; Mal Smith will serve as umpire at Stamford; support for the players will be most welcome.

Home: John Holroyd, Alan Barnes, Tony Scarr, Roger Martin; Paul Dalliday, Bob Warters, Neil Wright, Simon Law.

Away: Richard Allam, Derek King, Adam Warrington, Paul Bailey; Stephen Harris, Mick Humphreys, Peter Edwards, Martyn Dolby.

On Sunday several Stamford IBC bowlers will be involved in the Derbyshire Trophy match at Peterborough IBC (10am) between Northants A and B - the first time the county has had two teams represented in this inter-county series against North Cambs, Norfolk, Hunts and Lincs.

At 1.10pm at Stamford, the club's mixed team aim to get back on track in their defence of the Lincs IBA title with the visit of Scunthorpe.

Following last week's defeat at Horncastle, captain Christine Ford has re-shuffled her side but is confident the team has enough competitive edge to put disappointment behind them.


LINCOLNSHIRE Indoor Bowling Association has decided NOT to allow shorts (grey or white) to be worn for county league and county competitions. 

A request was submitted to the county executive this week but was rejected. 

"Gentlemen will wear trousers and ladies shall wear either trousers (including cut-offs) or skirts," competition secretary Simon Reeson confirmed.

FOOTNOTE: Northants Bowling Federation has allowed grey tailored shorts for its outdoor competitions from next season. White shorts may also be worn in county outdoor finals.


FOLLOWING the incompletion of the Lincs IBA Under 18 League last season, the county management committee has decided to change the format from fours to three-bowl triples.

Says Simon Reeson, county competition secretary: "We feel it will make it easier for clubs to raise a team of three, together with the fact that it is a more interesting format than fours for younger bowlers."

Any clubs wishing to enter a team should respond to the county competition secretary at the earliest opportunity so fixtures can be arranged forthwith.

Kevin and Rosemary your new Presidents

posted 17 Oct 2017, 06:06 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated 17 Oct 2017, 06:14 ]

Presidents on parade. From the left: Kevin Vinter, Denis stapleton, Maggie Holden and Rosemary Roberts

EX-RUGBY player Kevin Vinter and former teacher Rosemary Roberts were installed as presidents of Stamford Indoor Bowls Club this week for the forthcoming season.

The pair, who both live in the town, succeed Denis Stapleton and Maggie Holden, who completed a year in office which included several county titles for the club in both Lincolnshire IBA and the Northants Federations.

Vinter, a former purchasing manager who won his first county title earlier this year, said it was a great honour to be invited to be Presidents and that he and Rosemary aim to keep up the good work of their predecessors both on and off the green.

Said Mrs Roberts, who retired from teaching at Uffington Village School: "Volunteering makes you happy and I encourage as many as possible to do it."

Recently asked an unusual fact about themselves, Kevin revealed he had once run the New York marathon in just over three hours, while Rosemary, won several prizes clay pigeon shooting.

Prize winners for 2016-17 domestic leagues and club competitions can be found on the drop down men menus for 'Club leagues' and 'Honours' tabs at the top of the page.


As one of their last duties as Presidents of Stamford IBC, Denis Stapleton and Maggie Holden, hosted a team of Lincolnshire IBA Vice Presidents and won comprehensively by nearly 100 shots.

Keen to acknowledge those who had helped them during their year in office, the presidents team was mostly made up of club volunteers, with Dick Ford's rink the highest scorers.

Stamford Presidents teams 173 Lincolnshire Vice Presidents 79 (Stamford names only):
Jeanette Bourne, Stella Henshaw, Dennis Henshaw, Alan Romaine won 29-9; Glenys Edwards, Ian Hall, Helen Holroyd, Peter Edwards won 27-9; Janet Dye, Brian Edwards, Maurice Dye, Chris Ford lost 20-21; Howard Neath, Tony Freeman, Dave Hudson, Keith Rippin won 27-13; Rose March, Alec March, Wayne Aspinall, Dick Ford won 37-9.
The Stamford Presidents' and Lincs VPs teams ahead of their match

Opening defeat for seniors league team

posted 13 Oct 2017, 10:34 by Stamford Indoor Bowls

MAKINGtheir season's debut in the first division of the Lincolnshire Senior (Over 60s) League, after gaining promotion, Stamford bowlers had a baptism of fire against Lincoln A, who have won the title for an incredible 19 successive seasons.

Further debilitated by some of their regular players attending Potters Week, Tony Freeman's team found that the visitors adapted quickly to the unfamiliar surface and built up an early lead.

Although the rink skipped by Mick Owens and featuring 94-year-old Arthur Chapman, took a slender lead with a handful of ends to play, they were unable to maintain their momentum and it was only the quartet of David Howarth, Denis Henshaw, Richard Montgomery and Bob Warters who were able to salvage two points from an overall 121-84 defeat.

Result (Stamford names only):

Lincs Senior League Division One: Stamford 84 (2pts) Lincoln A 121 (16). D Veasey, T Freeman, B Tuplin, K Vinter lost 11-30; D Howarth, D Henshaw, R Montgomery, B Warters won 27-11; T Harris, T Christie, P Banks, A Horton lost 16-25; T Mackie, Mal Smith, A March, Richard Martin lost 13-33; A Chapman, G Corby, C Jones, M Owens lost 17-22.

Stamford youngsters' impressive debut

posted 9 Oct 2017, 00:24 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated 12 Oct 2017, 10:14 by Keith Rippin ]

Pictured left: Helen, Owen and Jay. Pictured below left: James, Katie and Stephen.

THE young bowlers of Stamford IBC made an impressive start in the club's first foray into the national Under 25 Double Rink competition, beating rivals Leicester by an aggregate 31 shots.

The competition demands one rink of three competes at home while simultaneously another plays at the away venue, the overall shots deciding who goes through to play either Melton or Spalding.

At Leicester James Hebden (17), Katie Bailey and Stephen Harris, the 19-year-old current Lincs singles champion, got off to a flying start, and were 17-5 ahead after seven of the scheduled 18 ends.

Meanwhile at Stamford, Owen Aspinall, who only celebrated his ninth birthday in August, Helen Holroyd (21) and Jay Travis-Jenner (19) started a little nervously and trailed 7-11 in the early stages. However, with Aspinall leading steadily, they all came to terms with the end rink and stretched their advantage with a series of big counts to lead 22-11 after 14 ends and finally added 10 more shots before the finish without reply.

In the away leg, Stamford led 26-15 with four ends to go and in a high-scoring display won 32-22 to give Stamford an overall 64-33 advantage.

FOOTNOTE: Stamford Men's A were due to play Louth A on Saturday (October 14), this has now been postponed until Sunday November 5 (1.10pm).

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Stamford IBC Presentation night will be staged on Sunday (0ctober 15) at 7.30 pm. Those who do not attend (or send a representative) to collect their prize vouchers from domestic league competition, will have them forfeited.

The event will also see the presentation of trophies and vouchers for individal club competitions by new presidents Kevin Vinter and Rosemary Roberts who will succeed Denis Stapleton and Maggie Holden.

A free buffet is available.

Mixed team overwhelmed in opening fixture

posted 7 Oct 2017, 14:29 by Stamford Indoor Bowls

STAMFORD'S mixed team made a catastrophic start to their defence of the Lincolnshire First Division title which they won earlier this year for the first time in the club's 27-year history.

Opening their 2017-18 fixtures at Horncastle, new captain Christine Ford's team never came to terms with the home surface and dropped all 18 points over five rinks.

The 138-60 shot defeat was their worst in the last two years with the home side, promoted from the second division last year, proving highly assured across all rinks, leaving Stamford bowlers scratching their heads.

Stamford have a chance to quickly get back on track when they entertain Scunthorpe on Sunday, October 22 but will be without several key players, committed to representing Northants' Derbyshire Trophy teams simultaneously at Peterborough.

Result (Stamford names only): 

Lincs Mixed League Division One: Horncastle 138 (18 pts) Stamford 60 (0). H Holroyd, D Mackie, Mal Smith, P Bailey lost 15-27; K Bailey, M Ramsden, S Suffling, M Dolby lost 12-17; C Barnes, V Du'Kett, D King, A Barnes lost 9-29; J Brennan, C Warters, J Little, B Warters lost 13-31; P Jones, T Mackie, C Ford, M Humphreys lost 11-24.

Fresh faces in Denny line-up

posted 6 Oct 2017, 12:49 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated 7 Oct 2017, 14:05 ]

Pictured  left: Simon Law (left) and Neil Wright, national champions in 2015.

STAMFORD  IBC bowlers will be out to progress further than ever when they begin their Denny Cup campaign on Saturday, October 21 against Melton with fresh blood in their side (10am).

Top quality bowlers have joined Stamford from the Peterborough club - including four former national champions - in search of keener competition and three of them have immediately been given a chance to show their mettle in the country's most prestigious inter-club event.

Simon Law, a recent indoor and outdoor national triples champion will skip a home rink which includes Paul Dalliday and Neil Wright (winner of the EBF indoor triples in 2015), while Tony Scarr teams up with former team-mate Roger Martin with whom he has won the EBF outdoor triples in the past.

The crucial responsibility of holding the fort in the away leg, played simultaneously at Melton, has been heaved on the shoulders of skips Martyn Dolby and Paul Bailey (themselves former national title winners) but in last year's similar fixture in the Denny Plate on the slower Melton surface, they triumphed by three and two shots respectively to ensure an overall win.

Says captain Bob Warters, one of the selectors: "We debated long and hard over our choices for this key match - and we know some players will be disappointed - but we felt this was an opportunity to put down a marker to other clubs in our region to show we are serious contestants in the main competition.

"It is a gamble, with our newcomers still getting used to our surface, but it is a calculated one and it was felt the introduction of some younger players who are used to playing together would provide a blend of youth an experience that will stand the club in good stead for the future."

Stamford home team : John Holroyd, Peter Edwards, Tony Scarr, Roger Martiin; Paul Dalliday, Bob Warters, Neil Wright, Simon Law.

Away: Richard Allam, Derek King, Adam Warrington, Paul Bailey; Stephen Harris, Mick Humphreys, Jon Earl, Martyn Dolby.

Stamford women's team compete for the Yetton Trophy against local rivals Peterborough on November 4.

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FOR THE first time in the club's history, three Stamford bowlers will feature in the Lincolnshire Liberty Trophy team, to play Notts at Spalding IBC on October 28 (10am).

James Harford and Simon Law, recently joined from Peterborough, will play No.2 and No.3  respectively, in team captain Martin Spencer's rink, with Ron Flowers (Boston) runner-up in the Stamford Open Singles, at lead.

Stephen Harris, the 19-year-old Lincs IBA singles champion, completes the Stamford trio in Graham Smith's rink. 

Stamford's men's A team are due to play at Boston on the same day (2pm).

Lincs: M (Spalding), R Vinter (Boston), M Pulling (Grantham), M Orrey (Spalding) fR Flowers (Boston), J Harford & S Law (Stamford), M Spencer (Spalding); S Dunham (Spalding), I Clark (Boston), A Dunham (Spalding), J West (Boston); D Bristow & P Roberts (Sleaford), B Wilson & J Philpott (Spalding); S Harris (Stamford), S Reeson (Louth), A Caress & G Smith (Spalding).

Look out for these new Taylor bowls

posted 2 Oct 2017, 09:13 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated 5 Oct 2017, 01:46 ]

WITH black and brown bowls almost a thing of the past for competitive bowlers, it was fascinating to see the different colours of bowls in action during the Nigel Kettle Memorial Singles tournament.

Reds, greens, oranges, blues and mauves were all to the fore, together with distinctive two-tone and flecked bowls, writes press officer Bob Warters.

To these circuit bowlers, while the colour is a personal choice and makes their bowls stand out, it is as much about the weight and size of the bowls they are using as the confidence in their own ability.

Many tote upto three sets around with them. It doesn't mean they are confused in what to use but different bias performance, Means they can adapt to whether the carpet is fast, slow or medium paced.

Some even changed their sets to perform better on the outside rinks of an indoor surface.

Different models react to different conditions and it was no surprise to see Thomas Taylor Vectors and Vector Vs used respectively by both finalists Ron Flowers and Paul Maynard to suit Stamford's slicker conditions. Taylor Aces were also a popular model, together with Henselite Tiger Pros and Tiger Twos.

With this in mind, a thank you to our own Jeff Bourne, Derek King, Ron Blake and various other helpers for their efforts in keeping the Stamford surface clean with more regular hoovering. It helps enormously in maintaining the pace in the carpet.

Strangely, during the tournament, I didn't spot one set of Aero bowls, the colourful brand that was introduced a couple of years ago, though I hear they are more popular at clubs where they have closer ties with the UK distributors.

On the subject of bowls colours, David Broadhurst, who kindly brought his mobile D & M Sports shop along from Spalding to the club for the event, tells me that Glasgow-based bowls manufacturers Thomas Taylor are soon to bring out two new colours in a limited edition.

Because of a world shortage in coloured compounds from which the bowls are made, the company has been experimenting with monotone shades and within a few weeks hope to bring out limited versions of the bowls illustrated here in both the Ace and Vector V models - and possibly the Blaze, too.

While the recommended retail price is £259, David tells me the bowls - white with grey fleck and grey/green with white fleck, will be available from him on a first come, first served basis and will be slightly less than the projected RRP.

For further information contact David at his premises in Vine Street in Spalding, on or call 01775 760055.

FOOTNOTE:D&M Sports hope to be back at the Stamford IBC club in the New Year (check notices nearer the time) and will be attending the junior tournament which they sponsor at Stamford in March.

Bowls manager Maynard wins Kettle Open Singles

posted 30 Sep 2017, 14:05 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated 3 Oct 2017, 02:17 ]

Best of the bunch! Quarter-finalists, from the left: Paul Maynard (the eventual winner), John Holroyd, Ed Elmore, Andy Ware, Ron Flowers, Jordan Philpott, Jeff Pitt and Jason Norris.

AFTER a gruelling, non-stop, 14-hour bowling marathon, Paul Maynard - a bowls club manager from Aylesbury - emerged as the winner of the Nigel Kettle Memorial competition at Stamford IBC over the weekend, part of the lucrative Open Singles Circuit.

Maynard (41), a right-hander who competes out of the Foxhill indoor club, and is familiarly known as 'Dodgy' to his circuit rivals (he even wears the name on the back of his bowls shirt!), used his dark green, size four Thomas Taylor Vector Vs to great effect throughout the day to see off a talented array of opposition.

Play started at 8.30am on Sunday -after three sessions of preliminary matches involving eight players from the host club on Saturday night - and it wasn't until just before 11pm that Maynard beat popular Boston senior Ron Flowers (71) in straight sets 8-3, 7-6 to claim the £700 first prize and maximum circuit points.

Earlier, Maynard had beaten Lee Blackham (Ipswich), Jack Bird (Scarborough), Lee Rowland (Ipswich), Stamford's John Holroyd and Andy Ware (City of Ely) to reach the final against retired farm manager Flowers, who earned his place in the final with outstanding victories over two of England's brightest stars, Jordan Philpott (Spalding) and Ed Elmore, a 22-year-old engineer from the City of Ely club.

For Holroyd the £75 cheque for reaching the quarter-finals was an unexpected bonus. He had merely come along to volunteer as a marker, but when one of the original entries failed to put in an appearance, he was pitched in against young England international Ryan Atkins (Malvern).

The 55-year-old self employed engineer showed his illustrious opponent his local knowledge of the slick Stamford conditions to win 10-3, 8-4 before going on to see off the challenges of Scotsman Stewart Douglas and Oxford's Carlos Lali. Somewhat fatigued, he was finally outgunned by the eventual winner.

Other top displays from the home contingent, included a first round win for Chris Ballard over Spalding's England regular Graham Smith - before going out to clubmate Stephen Harris.

There was also a first round victory for Christine Ford over Charnwood's, Sherod Winterton, after a three-end tie break. The only woman winner in the competition, she finally lost narrowly to Peterborough's Jeff Pitt, who went on to reach the last eight.

Stamford President Maggie Holden presented the winners' cheques and praised the Stamford members - especially Keith Rippin, Mike Ramsden and Carol Warters - for administering the event as well as the volunteer markers and scorers.


First round (Stamford unless stated): Richard Allam beat Paul  (Sleaford) 10-3, 4-5 (2-0); Bob Warters lost to Jeff Pitt (Peterborough) 2-7, 8-1 (1-2);  Andy Speechley lost to Mike Ramsden 6-3, 4-8 (0-2); Alan Romaine lost to Rob Greenwood (Huntingdon) 3-6, 5-8; Richard Summer (Norfolk) beat Rod West (Boston) 8-2, 9-2; Christine Ford beat Sherod Winterton (Charnwood) 8-3, 3-6 (2-1); Tony Barwell lost to Ron Flowers (Boston) 3-9, 3-5;  Shirley Suffling lost to David Bristow (Sleaford) 3-10, 4-6

First round: Pitt bt Ford 9-7, 8-9; Allam lost to Summers 6-8, 5-5; Greenwood lost to Bristow 2-9, 0-10; Ramsden lost to Flowers 0-10, 3-6.


8.30am: Graham Smith (Spalding) lost to Chris Ballard 5-7, 9-3 (1-2); Jordan Philpott (Spalding) beat Jim Pullen (Lincoln) 10-6, 6-4; Kevin Rands (Lincoln) beat Howard Shipp (Huntingdon) 0-8, 12-3 (2-1); Jamie Walker (Kingsthorpe) beat Brenda Barlow (Lincoln) 7-3, 10-0; Paul Roberts (Sleaford) beat Jay Travis-Jenner 6-2, 9-3; Scott Whyers (Boston) beat Gary Morris (Skegness) 8-0, 7-1.

9.50am: Stephen Harris beat Wendy Brown (Scunthorpe) 8-3,8-3; Gordon Wood (Lincoln) lost to Simon Reeson (Louth) 0-9, 7-7; Malcolm Jacobs (Bromley) beat Geoff Moore (Christie Miller) 11-2, 8-7; Jacqueline Henderson (Erewash) lost to Martin Shepherd (Chipping Norton) 1-10,2-7; Owen Aspinall lost to Keith Wall (Shrewsbury) 2-7,1-10; Adam Meade (Whte Oak) lost to Ed Elmore (Ely) 7-2, 1-7, (0-2).

11.10am: Paul Maynard (Foxhill) Lea Blackham (Ipswich); Paul Sharman (Carterton) lost to Michael Knight (Whiteknights) 7-2, 3-8 (0-2); Carlos Lali (Oxford) beat Adrian Bird (Scarborough) 7-3, 12-2; Ryan Atkins (Malvern) lost to John Holroyd 3-10,4-8; Scott Edwards (Oxford) beat Malcolm Wright (Durham) 5-4, 8-2;  Martin Heitzman ( Ipswich) lost to Jason Norris (Blackpool) 5-8, 9-4 (0-2).

12.30pm: Nik Elphick (West Berks) lost to Jack Bird (Scarborough) 1-8, 1-10; Lee Rowland (Ipswich) beat Donna Wright (Whiteknights) 9-3, 8-2; Jordan Moore (Christie Miller) lost to Paul Reynolds (Herga) 3-8, 1-11; Stewart Douglas (East Lothian) beat Emma Cooper (Adur) 5-5, 5-5 (2-1); Ballard lost to Harris 4-4, 3-8; Philpott beat Reeson 7-0, 10-1.

13.50: Andy Ware (Ely) beat Edwards 9-7, 7-7; Rands beat Jacobs 10-1, 9-4; Steve Farrant (Huntingdon) lost to Norris 3-6, 3-4; Roberts lost to Wall 1-13, 8-3 (1-2); Whyers lost to Elmore 3-4, 1-13; Walker lost to Shepherd 2-6, 6-3 (1-2).

3.10pm: Knight lost to Rowland 4-8,7-8; Maynard beat J Bird 6-7, 10-0 (2-1); Holroyd beat Douglas 9-2, 8-6; Lali beat Reynolds 8-3, 8-6; Pitt beat Summers 6-4, 7-3; Bristow lost to Flowers 4-6, 3-7.

4.30pm: Elmore beat Shepherd 10-2, 10-1; Harris lost to Philpott 6-7, 1-7; Holroyd bear Lali 9-3, 6-5; Ware bear Rands 8-3, 5-4; Rowland v Maynard; Norris beat Wall 11-6, 4-3.

Quarter-finals: Jeff Pitt lost to Andy Ware 5-5, 2-8;Jordan Philpott lost to Ron Flowers 5-8, 3-7; John Holroyd lost to Paul Maynard 2-7, 1-10; Ed Elmore beat Jason Norris 8-2, 4-7 (2-0).

Semi-finals (8.20pm): Elmore lost to Flowers 0-7, 3-6; Ware lost to Maynard 2-8, 6-8.

Final: Flowers lost to Maynard 3-8, 6-7.

Why bowling can lead to a longer life

posted 28 Sep 2017, 03:37 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated 28 Sep 2017, 03:48 ]

Bowls coaches at Stamford IBC looking to accept a new influx of players. From the left: Peter Cox, John Little (head coach), Helen Holroyd, John Pearson, Pauline Dixon, Keith Rippin and Neil Handley (picture by Alan Romaine).

ACCORDING to a new survey, middle-aged men who play sport are upto five times more likely to keep fit and active into their late 70s than those who don't, writes press officer Bob Warters.

Researchers revealed that many men changed the type of activity they preferred as they got older, taking up gentler activities such as recreational walking and bowls once they hit retirement age.

With this in mind, Stamford Indoor Bowls Club has a team of coaches standing by to encourage a new influx of bowlers - both men and women - many of whom they aim to convert from playing the more physical demands of football, tennis, badminton and golf, revealing just how competitive it can be when other more physical sports wane.

Introductory and advanced coaching sessions (£3) are available every Saturday morning (from 9.30-noon) at the club's Exeter Gardens arena, where equipment is provided free of charge. 

Lead author of the survey Daniel Aggio from University College London said: "People's enjoyment of sport maybe more likely to perish into old age than preferences for other types of activity. Sport (such as bowls) may help maintain physical function and physical activity in later life."

Researchers tracked the behaviour of nearly 3,000 men aged 40-59, following up after 12,16 and 20 years.

While the research only considered men, the attraction of bowls to women has been found to be more appealing among those seeking companionship as well as competitiveness and as an antidote to potential loneliness.

Dr Mike Knapton of the British Heart Foundation said:"This UCL survey (published in the online journal BMJ Open) should encourage everyone to build physical activity into their weekly routines whether that is through walking, DIY, gardening or sport. By maintaining physical activity throughout your life, chances are that you will enjoy an active retirement."

For further information about bowls coaching call 01780 756452 (between 9.30 am and 8.30pm) or visit

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