Bowled Over in the Community

When our brand new YMCA Bowl first opened it’s doors in 2015 we couldn’t have predicted the level of community spirit it would generate.

“It had always been our intention to reach out to local people and local groups, but I have been genuinely surprised at just how popular the bowling alley has become and the social aspect that has developed. The individuals and groups that attend not only benefit from physical exercise, they are also having fun and socialising between themselves and also with the YMCA Bowl staff team.” Brooke, YMCA Bowl Coordinator

Coming along to YMCA Bowl is a great way to make new friendships, develop confidence, motivation, determination and team work as well as a bit of healthy competition. Recently, one of our league players, Lionel Williams got 22 strikes in a row….. a record set now for others to beat!!

Brooke is particularly proud of the diversity of community groups now using the bowling alley, all benefiting from the health and social aspects it provides. In December, she and the team began reaching out to local groups, offering them the opportunity to trial the facilities. As a result, the regular weekly users include learning disability groups, special educational needs groups and a very active over 50s group.

“We absolutely love coming to our YMCA Bowl weekly session. We love the health benefits, the social aspect, the warm and friendly atmosphere and the incredibly helpful and friendly YMCA staff. Coming here has really enriched our lives.” Jean and Alan Robson, Over 50s Club

For many of those we contacted, particularly the learning disability groups, ten pin bowling was something new, they hadn’t tried it before. They must have enjoyed it though, six months down the line and they are still coming every week!

YMCA Bowl has been purpose built to ensure it is accessible for all ages and abilities, with ramp access around the building and to the lanes for wheel chairs and prams, bowling aids and our unique UV Glow bowl which is great for calming, stimulating and encouraging users with a sensory impairment.