We want to offer lawn bowls to a more diverse group of Tetbury and local area residents. Providing an accessible toilet overcomes one practical barrier and is the first step of many we plan to take so we can engage with different groups. Our phased project includes improving ramp and green access in the future. Extending the clubhouse to connect with the changing rooms will increase internal space to accommodate more than 48 players. Together, with the accessible toilet, this would enable us to host county matches. Also, with a bigger clubhouse we could continue our season indoors, providing activities such as short mat bowls, skittles, table tennis and other group activities outside of the lawn bowls season. Our goal is to have a club that can offer lawn bowls to all Tetbury residents and our neighbours.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Tetbury Bowls Club wants to be accessible to all with a wider membership, offering activities year-round. The club is looking to establish partnerships with local care and nursing homes. We believe there is an opportunity for elderly residents and people with disabilities to play lawn bowls or come to spectate matches. Consequently, we need to improve the clubroom, spectators viewing area and toilet facilities. Running parallel with the building works is the establishment of a Junior Bowls section. We will work with local schools on how best to incorporate lawn bowls as part of students’ physical activities. Recruiting junior bowlers will commence in May 2021. The project will help bring the local community together in a new setting.
Steps to get it done:
An integral part of Tetbury’s sports programme, Tetbury Bowls Club members benefit from gentle exercise, new friendships, and competitive sport. At present, we play from April to September with a few social activities in the off season. However, we want to engage with a wider range of members and partners all year round, and the extension of the clubhouse and provision of an accessible toilet will allow us to offer a greater range of activities and facilities.
About the space
Tetbury Bowls Club is situated at the rear of the Dolphins Hall where there is free parking to users of the recreation area. The town centre of Tetbury is a 100 yards away with the historic main street, Long Street. There are a great many antique shops, coffee shops and the usual variety of high street shops.
Cotswold District Council
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