Lottery handout gives bowls club a lifeline

July 14 2020

G.B. Britton Bowls Club of Kingswood has been awarded £6,500 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund.

The money will go towards helping the club to meet irrecoverable costs during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

G.B. Britton Bowls Club, which celebrated its centenary last year, was facing an uncertain future as it struggled to meet its financial commitments.

Club chairman Peter Coles said: “We are extremely grateful to Sport England for this grant which has proved to be real lifeline for the club when it was in financial trouble.  It allowed us to pay our bills at a time when we had no income and without this grant the future of the club was in jeopardy.

The club’s biggest cost is maintaining the green something which is essential if we are going to be ready to start playing when the current restrictions are lifted.”

Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England’s chief executive, said:  “The £20m Community Emergency fund, made possible by National Lottery players, is part of a multimillion pound package of support we are providing to ease the pressure on a huge number of the organisations who are central to the nation’s health and wellbeing.

“We are very proud to be able to provide vital funding to G.B. Britton Bowls Club to help it through these extremely challenging times.”