BENITACHELL bowls club is unique. It is the only bowls club on the Costa Blanca wholly owned by the members. This allows it to offer a very special ambience in which to enjoy a game of bowls, as well as the many other social activities it holds. There is very much a family feel to the club and even if you are new to the Costa Blanca you will soon feel like you have known the fellow members for years.
The club started in 1988 with only two annual members, but today it has around 200 members, comprised of titleholders, as well as annual and temporary members.
Brian Doggett, President, explained, “We aim to provide the perfect setting to enjoy a game of bowls. There is a clubhouse which offers a wide variety of food and beverages. We also have a very active social scene with everything from barn dances to paella bake off’s, and of course seasonal functions.”
The image of bowls has had a dramatic change over the last few years. It is drawing a younger crowd and the membership of Benitachell Bowls Club pays testament to this. Brian said, “Our membership is varied. We have bowlers in their 40’s right through to their 80’s. Bowling is one of the few sports that you can enjoy whatever your age.”
There is a free induction course run by Terry who is one of four qualified instructors so you can get a feel of the game and decide if it is for you.
One of the other benefits of bowling is the exercise, both physical and mental, it provides. Games usually last around three hours and during that time there is plenty of walking, up and down the rinks, plenty of stretching and bending, as you deliver the bowls, and plenty of humour and mental calculations to see if you will emerge victorious.
The bowling season starts in September and the four day Masters competition has a generous €1,000 prize. The Winter Rinks, sponsored by Dragon Insurance, has already generated a lot of interest and the Bankia Triples is on November 5 so you can see that there is plenty of opportunity to test your skills against other bowlers.
Brian said, “Bowling is much more than the game. For our members it provides a social hub. They come and play in the morning, then enjoy the clubhouse facilities. We pride ourselves on providing a delightful experience, on or off the green.”
If you are interested in trying bowls in a very special environment then contact Benitachell Bowls Club
Partida Benicambra, 0 S/N,
03726 El Poble Nou de
Tel : 966 493 151
Or ring Brian Doggett
Tel : 671 939 095