To the delight of many local bowlers in the Ribble Valley, indoor bowling has begun at Roefield and is already having a tremendous impact.
A total of £8,500 has been invested in state of the art equipment, which includes two 30mx4m bowling mats, 15 sets of top quality indoor bowls of different sizes to suit both ladies and gentlemen, and many other items.
The funding has been provided by Sport England, the Ribble Valley Borough Councils Recreation/Culture Grants Fund, and Roefield.
A bowling league commence on Tuesday, with nine teams involved - Sabden, Waddington Red and Blue, Clitheroe Blue and White, Read, Hurst Green, West Bradford and Longridge Commodores.
The league will last for 18 weeks and teams will play each other twice.
Free two-hour practice sessions have already begun for teams in the leagues and the response has been unanimous in that the facilities and equipment are of the highest quality.
When the league and practice sessions take place, bowlers have sole use of the sports hall so they can concentrate on bowling without distractions of other sports around them.
Roefields development manager Neil Ashworth said: “This is an exciting new project which will give the local community another sport to enjoy during the winter months. We are grateful to the Sports Council and the Ribble Valley Borough Council for helping this new initiative to take place. As a charity we are keen to support different groups from the community. A special mention must be made to Eric Wallace who has given the centre endless of hours of support and advice in helping to get the bowling league established so effectively.”