Two main reasons, firstly to help raise the profile of our highly skilful, fun, competitive and addictive sport to people and players of ALL ages and shake off the Stigma of Bowls being an ‘Old Mans Game’. Secondly to raise as much money for our chosen charities.
How the record attempt came about is through the efforts of lifelong Bowler Joe Wahnon, who plays out of Wellworthy Bowls Club, whom setup a Facebook group ‘England Bowls’ and quickly gained a huge following. When asked about the attempt, Joe said:
“After many years of bowling and seeing clubs and memberships dropping, including one club I played for having its council grant taken away which subsequently had to close down and listening to many discussions/ rows/ ideas on why Bowls as a whole was going down hill, I just thought to myself ‘All I hear is the same views, so why not start a Facebook Group for bowlers and get a lot more views, and see if we could in a small way do something to help.’
The group has since generated over 5000 members and from within that group, as various discussions were taking place and topics discussed, fellow bowler ‘Mark Courtney’ from Daventry posted the Guinness Record and said could anyone beat this and as anyone who knows me, it was like a rag to a bull, so 10 seconds later I posted ‘I will take that challenge on’ and I phoned my great friend Danny Steadman who immediately agreed to back my corner, followed by Daniel Tomberry and then through Facebook chat Chris Aitken, all volunteered to join the Team.
But why take it on, I hear you ask? A number of weeks ago we did a fund raise with Danny for a great friend and bowler, for meningitis #teamgeorge and within 2 weeks notice with the support of the friends of the Dorset Middleton Cup Team and local friends and bowlers we raised £1500 and it showed what could be achieved in the little time we had when bowling friends join together…hence the Facebook Group ‘England Bowls’ etc.
Essentially, we want to try to make a difference to your game, however small and the fact that we can benefit more charities in the process has to be a bonus.
Since we launched the FB page we have scored in numbers to 4300 fellow bowlers and we also started England Bowls group with over 2000 friends too, so there is great number of bowlers through out the UK that still believe this game we all love is worth putting time into so we have decided to put 72 hours of our time into it”
Joe Wahnon, 18th October 2016
Please Support Joe and his Team to take on this Record and don’t forget to donate!