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Brief History of Thringstone Bowling Club
In 1985, in response to a government backed initiative to provide sporting outlets within local communities, North West Leicestershire District Council laid a bowling green on the current site. Unfortunately, over the next 4 years the green was subject to a minimal maintenance schedule and was little used.
In 1989, inspired by an idea from a local retired mineworker, Thringstone Bowling Club was created by a number of interested people from the local community. With a management committee in place, they arranged to rent the facility from the Local Council and proceeded to organise the Bowling Club on a formal basis.
In conjunction with the Local Council, a clubhouse and changing areas were provided, and with additional work on the bowling green by volunteers, the facility was brought up to Leicestershire County standards. This allowed the Club to be affiliated to the Leicestershire Bowling Association and Bowls England and become registered to play competition bowls in all the local leagues.
In 2003 it was identified that the existing clubhouse was totally inadequate for the Club’s needs and a project was launched to replace it, but it took 7 years for this to happen using funding from North West Leicestershire District Council and the Leicestershire branch of the National Union of Mineworkers to whom the Club is eternally grateful.
The next improvement was to provide the Club with a higher quality, truer playing surface. So a year later, in 2011, the bowling green was taken up, reconstructed, re-levelled and seeded ready for use in 2012.
Currently, the Club is working towards further improvement of the facilities and is working on a programme to introduce the game of bowls to a wider audience in the local community with the view of attracting new members to the Club, including children.
Other current initiatives include training several Club members to become registered coaches through the Bowls England Coaching Scheme and also embarking on a programme towards gaining Clubmark accreditation, which is a national cross-sport quality accreditation scheme for sports clubs, offering accredited clubs structure, direction and standards of operation and management.
Throughout its history the Club has been considered as a friendly and sociable club, though the Club also enjoys playing competitively. As well as social bowling, the club enters gents, ladies and mixed teams in the local leagues and plays in various county cup and shield competitions, all with some success.