New equipment helping bowlers to carry on playing

Rockcliffe bowlers try out the new equipment.

Rockcliffe bowlers try out the new equipment.

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Bowlers at Rockcliffe Bowling and Tennis Club are now able to continue playing even when they have back or knee problems.

Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, the club now has specialised bowling arm extensions, lightweight bowls and walking stick protectors, so that many people who are otherwise unable to bowl can now extend their enjoyment of the sport.

The grant also means that the club can now provide a full range of bowls and bowling shoes for visitors and new starters.

Many more potential bowlers of all ages and abilities can now ‘have a go’ and join in.

The club’s premises are to get an upgrade also with better and safer disabled access in the pipeline.

And the club is working with Tynemouth Blind Welfare Society to provide bowling for the visually disabled.

Ray Harrison, team selector, who has had both knees replaced, said: “The new bowling arm means that I can look forward to bowling for many years to come.”

Club chairman Darryl Illingworth added: “We cannot thank the Readman Family Grassroots Fund at the Community Foundation enough for the opportunity to give as many people as possible the chance to use our facilities, have fun and keep fit.”