Club is bowled over by funding

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Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Bowling Club is celebrating a funding boost which will result in new facilities thanks to a £73,081 grant from Sport England.

In its latest round of funding, £500,000 has been given to sports clubs in West Yorkshire, with the bowling club’s share enabling it to carry out much needed renovation of its ageing facilities.

These will include the bowling hut; a new outdoor shelter; external works and improvements to the snooker room, while at the same time continuing the improvements to the bowling green and its surround.

Much work has been done in the last four years to rebuild the fortunes of the community facility, which has helped clubs less fortunate than itself to continue to play competitive bowls after their facilities had closed down. Membership now approaches 200 with 14 competitive bowling teams playing in eight different leagues.

Over the last two years the club has emphasised the improvement of the bowling green and now boasts one of the finest surfaces in the area.

Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker said: “I am incredibly delighted that the club has been provided with these essential funds to carry out much needed renovation and provide the establishment with a new lease of life.

“I hope that this will also encourage and attract new members to join and support this wonderful asset in the community.

“I would like to thank club members for their hard work in putting together the bid and I look forward to being invited to see the new facility once the works have been completed.”

Club president Nick Crowther said: “I am delighted that Sport England have seen fit to award this much needed capital which will enable us to carry out improvements and build on the tidal wave of enthusiasm demonstrated by our current members.

“I fully intend, with the support of our committee, to gain best value from this award for the benefit of our current members and the generations that follow.”

Club secretary Chris Cox said: “I couldn’t be more delighted for the club and its members. This award is going to help us improve the facilities and bring them up to a standard the membership deserves. Of course, it is not only the bowling members who will benefit but also those who play in the snooker leagues and card/dominoes leagues as well. I’d like to thank all those who were involved in putting the bid together.”