Frys Bowling Club
Frys Bowling Club in Keynsham has been awarded £3,245 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund towards the cost of green maintenance and loss of income from cancelled matches during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.
The outbreak of the virus and the consequent shutdown of businesses as of March 23 has left the sport and physical activity sector facing a period of uncertainty.
In response, on March 31 Sport England announced a £195m package to help the sport and physical activity sector through COVID-19. Within the package is a £20m Community Emergency Fund, of National Lottery money to deliver immediate funding to those who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but are experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus.
The grant will allow Frys Bowling Club to cover the cost of green maintenance and loss of income for the coming months.
Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England’s Chief Executive, said: “As the body responsible for the growth of sport and physical activity participation, we want the vital grassroots organisations that make sport and physical activity happen in this country to not just to come through this crisis but to be in a position to thrive again in the future. The £20m Community Emergency fund, made possible by National Lottery players, is part of a multi-million 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 proud to be able to provide vital funding to Frys Bowling Club to help it through these extremely challenging times.”
Andy Kendall, Chairman of Frys Bowling Club said: “The club’s officers and members are extremely grateful for the award and would like to thank Sport England and the National Lottery for their generosity. Without this financial assistance the bowling club’s 103 year history may have come to an end. We can now look forward to providing local residents with this sports facility for many years to come”.
On the green, with recent changes to the restrictions, we have been able to have pairs and triples play, as well organising informal club afternoons in place of our regular friendly matches. We are still open for new members, whether or not you have experience of bowls before.
For more information about Frys Bowling Club or if you wish to apply for membership, or arrange tuition, please contact our Secretary, Christopher Day, on 01225 872959, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit our website for more information: www.frysbowlsclub.webs.com."