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Formby residents are being encouraged to be more active by trying a free course in bowls

See how playing Bowls can improve your health and wellbeing. Residents across Formby are being encouraged to feel the benefits of being more active by trying a free beginners course in bowls.

Taking part can give yourself a boost, feel more refreshed and is a great way to meet new people.

‘Bowl for Health’ is an eight week programme designed for complete newcomers to bowls, providing an overview of the basics and how to play a match.

Run by qualified and welcoming coaches, the programme is available in Formby - running at Holy Trinity Bowling Club on Rosemary Lane.

The programme is being led by MSP and Active Sefton, thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund and following a successful pilot of the programme in 2017, which was led by Holy Trinity Bowling Club in Formby.

One participant - Gail, in her early sixties from Formby, explained how taking part in bowls has transformed her life. Gail said: “I found that I became much stronger, more flexible and fitter since taking it up. The game itself is great fun and my fellow bowlers are very welcoming and friendly - I’m so glad that I decided to try bowling!”

Danny Woodworth, from MSP, said: “Being active doesn’t need to mean joining a gym, it’s about finding an activity that you enjoy - people have told us that bowling is a great way to enjoy gentle exercise in a relaxed and sociable environment. Bowl for Health is for anybody to join in with - it doesn’t matter what your age, experience or level of fitness is.”

Helen Birrell from, Sefton Council, said: “Bowl for Health is great way to increase your activity levels and enjoy the outdoors. We are delighted to be able to support the project to enable Sefton residents to lead an active lifestyle”.

Sessions are starting up at Holy Trinity Bowling Club on Tuesday 1st May (11.00am to 12.00pm) and Thursday 3rd May (11.00am to 12.00pm) - completely free for any Sefton residents who would like to improve their physical health and wellbeing, with all equipment provided.

People interested in getting involved can find out more or book their place by contacting Eric Gowling (Club Chair) on 07949 091302 or by emailing

For further information about the Bowl for Health programme please visit or call MSP on 0151 728 1811.

About MSP

MSP is the only strategic organisation dedicated to unlocking the power of sport and physical activity across the whole of Liverpool City Region. By providing leadership and expertise, plus access to a well-developed network of partners and funders, we create the conditions that enable people to be active every day.

Our work ensures: · Lives are enriched

· Wellbeing is improved

· Skills for life are developed

· The economy is enhanced

· Communities and networks are strengthened

For further information about MSP please visit

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