Fr e s h appr oach for old club

Central Leader - - News - B y L i s a S l o a n

Thirty years ago there was a wait­ing list to join the Mt Al­bert Bowl­ing Club.

But th­ese days it is get­ting harder to at­tract mem­bers.

Mem­ber­ship is about 50 but the club could cater to more than 200.

Pres­i­dent Michael Feek says he would love to see more peo­ple us­ing the club’s fa­cil­i­ties.

“Bowls is very com­pet­i­tive and tac­ti­cal but also a very so­cial game,” he says.

“There’s time to chat and you’re not in a rush, so it can be a very friendly sort of a game.”

The Mt Al­bert Bowl­ing Club was fi rst formed in 1897 at Fern­dale house and ran from there un­til the land at its cur­rent lo­ca­tion on Al­len­dale Rd was pur­chased in 1907.

Over the years a new club­house, locker rooms and sheds have been built.

Mem­ber­ship peaked in the 1980s at about 230 but has fallen dra­mat­i­cally since then.

Mr Feek says the club has had to re­spond to a change in so­ci­ety where peo­ple are so busy in the evenings and week­ends they of­ten don’t have time for sport.

When he joined in 1979, there was a wait­ing list. Mem­bers would of­ten join up in their 20s and stay un­til af­ter re­tire­ment.

Th­ese days peo­ple are more likely to take part ca­su­ally than to make a full com­mit­ment.

The club has re­sponded by or­gan­is­ing so­cial leagues and tour­na­ments and open­ing up the club to other com­mu­nity groups.

Mr Feek says the club is keen to get new mem­bers.

For more in­for­ma­tion, phone the club on 8466128 or email mabowls@ xtra.co.nz.

Photo: LISA SLOAN

G o o d s p o r t :

M t A l b e r t B ow l i n g C l u b p r e s i d e n t Michael Fe ek is looking fo r more mem­bers to join the club.

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