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100-year-old Bowls Club Holds Open Event To Attract New Players.

Kedleston Road campus 504x257 100-year-old Bowls Club Holds Open Event To Attract New Players.

Date posted: 12 August 2013

One of the country's oldest bowls clubs and the University of Derby are inviting new players to try out the sport for free this Thursday evening (August 15).

Visitors attending the Derby West End Bowls Club, at the junction of Markeaton Street and Mackworth Road, Derby, from 6pm will be able to try flat lawn green bowls, with help from the club's experienced players.

The University of Derby, which has two sites very close to the club, became a partner in 2009, to help it recruit more members. This year the Derby West End Bowls Club is marking its centenary with a number of different projects.

After the free bowls challenge event, the clubhouse will host a free Indian meal for those who've taken part. Food will be provided by the Hana Puri restaurant, based in the Derby Westfield shopping centre. There will also be prizes for the best and worst performing teams.

For its 100th year the Derby club has so far in 2013 held a celebration match organised by the English Bowling Federation, run free taster sessions and held a friendly game with Mackworth Indoor Bowls Club in July. Another celebration match is planned for next month (September) to round off the season.

Earlier this year University graphic design students competed to design a new logo, badge, matchbook and banner for the club and to update its website. Second year student Nicola Doyle won the competition.

Peter Walker, Community Relations Officer at the University of Derby, said: "We are delighted to continue supporting the club especially in their centenary year. Our Vice-Chancellor Professor John Coyne will be at this year's event, trying out his bowls technique alongside his staff."

For further information about Derby West End Bowls Club or if you are interested in becoming a member visit their website at www.derbywestendbowls.com or call 01332 292863.

For more information about this University of Derby Community Relations news release contact Jason Nichols on 01332 591945 or email: j.nichols@derby.ac.uk