This week is National Women’s Sports Week. Forever Manchester understands the importance of funding women’s sports groups, which we would like to celebrate on our website this week.

One Ladies sports group we have funded is Torkington Park Ladies Evening Bowling Club.

Torkington Park Ladies Evening Bowling Club are based in Hazel Grove and hope to set up a new team from a group of 7 experienced ladies who require a local bowling club for convenience.

They are to develop interest in the area to promote bowling to a wider age range, in particular, they need to attract younger age groups.

The grant from Forever Manchester allowed the group to purchase second-hand jacks and tape for practice, a locking box for equipment, key cutting, stationery, bowling permits and a weather shelter.

Most ladies at the group are over-65 or widowers. The older ladies see it as an activity which keeps them going physically and gets them out of the house and into the fresh air.

Bowling is a healthy aerobic exercise which requires gentle bending and stretching, as well as walking all over the green area. A game usually lasts 45mins-1 hour, and constitutes perfect exercise for all ages, particularly for older joints. They also bowl in all weathers, and get a lot of people stopping/sitting to watch, who find watching the club entertaining.

After funds from Forever Manchester, the group now hopes to become self-sustaining by the end of the season. Supporting local school/church fairs with bowling themed tables – promoting the club/tea at the same time.

Funding has enabled the group to run. They have been able to play weekly Monday games with a mixture of experienced bowlers, occasional and learners.

Experienced bowlers supervised practice sessions and stepped down to allow the less capable to play in a match in order for them to gain experience.

The grant from Forever Manchester has meant that the group can compete at the proper level with proper authorised equipment.

The group said: “We were so relieved to receive the grant we got. As we expected to have to struggle for some years and just hoped we could hang on to the new ladies, who were mostly involved in well established clubs where everything was provided. The help and advice we received from the first telephoned assessment was outstanding. It enabled us to present our new team at an equal level and we finished in 6th place from 9 teams, 16 league games, 1 cup match. Much better than we could have expected as a new team.”

Funding ladies sports clubs like Torkington Park Ladies Evening Bowling Club is important to us here at Forever Manchester. Clubs like this enable older people to engage and socialise on more than one occasion per week. These ladies also get satisfaction in teaching other individuals bowling techniques and competing at a good level.

If you’d like to help us to support more groups like this one DONATE TODAY to help local people in your area doing extraordinary things.