BOWLERS at a Middlewich club are responding to threats to the sport they love.

They are inviting all-comers to join in Middlewich Royal British Legion’s event on Sunday as part of the nationwide big bowls weekend.

It is a bid to recruit new members due to the numbers taking up crown green bowls being in decline.

Older bowlers have retired and not many younger members are joining up.

The sport has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic as a mixture of shielding and legislation led to the abandonment of the 2020 season.

But at Middlewich Royal British Legion the members will do all they can to safeguard the sport.

With the backing of the Bowls Development Alliance, Disability Bowls England and the British Crown Green Bowling Association, the Middlewich club – where bowls has been played for decades – is hosting an open day on Sunday between 10am and 5pm at the bowling green on Lewin Street.

Players will be on hand to give help and advice to support potential new members.

Bowling section secretary Sarah Hand said: “Unlike other sports anyone can play bowls at any age, regardless of skill level, fitness or gender.

“Crown green bowls is a perfect escape from the stresses of life and a great excuse to have a sociable drink in a friendly yet competitive environment.”

Many players start when they have lost their ability to play physically demanding sports like football or rugby but miss the competitive element.

Most matches are played in an evening after work and it is predominantly a summer sport.

The rules are simple to follow and with a little support a player can quickly reach a reasonable standard.

For the older generation it is a sociable experience that helps people to keep mentally and physically fit and can be beneficial in maintaining mobility.

To book your place at the open day or visit at any other time call Sarah on 07796 895001.