The benefits of bowling – combining gentle exercise, tactics and socialising – inspired us to provide a significant pledge to the English Indoor Bowling Association (EIBA) to support the development of the game.
Our sponsorship links our commitment to enhancing health and wellbeing across communities and the aim of the EIBA to develop interest in the game. Many of our previous patients have played bowls, and as a hospital provider that carries out surgery like total hip and knee replacements and cataracts, we have been delighted to be able to help people get back on the rink after having surgery with us. Our partnership with the EIBA was the natural choice for us and we hope bowls can have a positive effect on our patients, helping them remain active after surgery.
Our managing director, Andy Lunt, said: “We are delighted to support the Association. For those people we see who are suffering the wear and tear of years of competitive sport, bowls offers a truly competitive and tactical game. While it involves a range of movement, it does not impose heavy, jarring impact on the joints. It also gives people excellent opportunities to socialise and meet new people, which is important to maintaining and enhancing wellbeing.”
The EIBA represents 285 clubs across 60 county associations, with many clubs near our hospitals. Chief Executive Peter Thompson said: “To secure Care UK Healthcare as an Official Partner is a tremendous boost to the Association and the sport.
“This is an exciting time for us. Not only will Care UK Healthcare be helping indoor bowlers of all ages when they need healthcare, they want to help the sport develop by introducing their patients to an indoor club near them.”
Even though, bowls can seem like a simple sport to understand, it requires a certain degree of tactical thinking. You are given four bowls a game to get as close to the small white ball that is known as the ‘jack’. The game is made difficult by the bowls ball being an almost spherical ball, with flattened sides and a weight bias. The game can be played as singles, pairs, triples and four-player teams.
The game begins after a coin toss that determines who goes first. The first bowler takes their place on the mat and rolls the jack to the other end of the green as a target. When the jack is thrown it must travel to at least 23m which will then be moved to the centre of the rink. The players then take turns to bowl. The competitor that gets closest to the jack receives one point. The direction is then reversed and the game continues until the first player reaches 21 or the highest score after 18.
In Bowls there are different types of delivery that make the bowl turn in different ways. The draw shot is when a player attempts to roll the ball without disturbing other bowls. This is done by a bowler initially aiming for one side of the ball which then curves to the other side. The drive bowl is when a player hits either the jack or a specific bowl with considerable force and the upshot or yard on bowl is when a player hits only the jack without going out of play. If a bowl reaches the ditch – a small gully at the end of the pitch – without touching the jack it is out of play.
If you are a beginner starting bowls all you need take with you is a bowls set which can be found at a local sports shops or online for either buying or renting. The dress etiquette is shirt or blouse, with trousers or a skirt and a pair of smooth soled bowling shoes. If you do not own a pair of bowling shoes, you can also wear tennis or other soft soled sport shoes.
Indoor Bowls has a range of benefits from your health to your well being. These benefits include: