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Spennymoor club plans new strip as part of recruitment drive
A BOWLING club hopes that injecting a splash of colour into proceedings will help drag it into the 21st century.
Spennymoor Town Bowling Club, which is based in Spennymoor’s Jubilee Park, could swap its traditional whites in favour of a maroon and gold shirt.
On the green the club is hugely successful - in 25 years it has landed more than 60 championship medals and just won the South West Durham Veterans’ League for 10th consecutive year.
But with an ageing membership and drop in numbers, club officials are considering the bold move towards a coloured strip in a bid to attract new members.
Club secretary Paul Heath said: “We are one of the strongest clubs in the county, we achieve very well.
“But we need to drag ourselves into the 21st century.
“To help show that we are moving with the times, we intend to have modern coloured shirts made.
“Our ladies wear colour, we were one of the first to switch to white above the waist with grey trousers and this is the next step. Some traditionalists might not be keen but we think it’s the way forward.”
At one time the 80-year-old club had 100 plus members but now has around 60, the average age of players is in the 60s compared to the Durham County team which is in the mid-30s.
Mr Heath said: “Our youngest is in his 40s, one is nearly 90.
“It is a very social sport and keeps players active.
“We’d welcome more older members but need to grab hold of youngsters’ interest and get them playing, if they’d try it they might really enjoy it as it is very social, competitive and a cheap participatory sport.
“I hope that by trying coloured shirts we’ll stand out a bit more, look more modern and attractive to younger players.”
The club will make a final decision on the proposal for new strips at its annual general meeting next spring and hopes to secure grants towards their purchase ahead of next season, which will start around May 2014.
As part of its recruitment drive, the club will host a ‘bring a friend’ open day for anyone who wants to try the sport on Sunday, September 15, from 10am to about 2pm.
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