Fr e s h appr oach for old club
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.
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.