Caerleon Bowls Club
Caerleon Bowls Club pose for a club photo (pre-Covid)

 

“With bar revenue down, this season has been a big struggle financially as we only have members’ fees,” says George.

“I would say that if next season is a normal one, then we will just about survive the losses we have suffered this year.

“But if next summer – from April through to September – we are still being disrupted by the pandemic, then I do have concerns about the future. And those worries are not just for this club, but for all bowls clubs in Wales.”

That should be a worry not just for all sports enthusiasts across the country but for anyone who recognises the social value of a sport that can genuinely be played by all ages.

Lockdown for months meant the threat of isolation for some – a challenge that George and fellow club officials at Caerleon were quick to recognise.

“A number of our members live on their own and so we made sure we kept in touch by telephone. 

“So, it’s been great for them to get back on the green to get exercise and fresh air, but just as vitally to socialize. Even at a distance of two meters, you can still have a decent conversation.

“And thanks to the vital green maintenance, we have a very good playing surface, too, so there’s plenty to discuss.”

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