Bowls club hopes influx of players will save centre from demolition

PUBLISHED: 08:29 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:46 23 February 2018

Yarmouth Marina Centre.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Yarmouth Marina Centre. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Members of a bowls club are hoping an influx of new members could save its future in Great Yarmouth.

The Great Yarmouth Indoor 
Bowls Club plays at the Marina Centre on the seafront, but the venue has been earmarked for demolition with a replacement venue planned.

It is understood any new venue may not contain bowling facilities.

However the bowls club is hoping an influx of up to 60 new members from the bowls club at Browston Hall, which is due to close its rinks in the spring, could mean the centre is given a stay of execution.

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Due to a predicted influx of between 50 and 60 new members, Great Yarmouth Indoor Bowls Club hopes to re-enter the mens’ county leagues and competitions, in which its women already play.

And the boost in income revenues will also be a boost to the centre.

A statement on behalf of the club following a meeting this week said filling vacant rinks and gaining new members is a priority as this would “then provide income revenue” which will give “stimulus” along with the increased county status profile of the club to delay any “proposed cuts” to bowls facilities.

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The bowls club is also in conversation with the players at Browston Hall Indoor Bowls Centre, which has 350 members, about relocating their lockers to the Marina Centre.

There have been two informal meetings between representatives of the clubs in the last two 
weeks about the move to the Marina Centre by the Browston-based players.

A report from the first meeting from last week said: “Much progress was made and it is hoped that the expected increase in new members will assist Great Yarmouth to re enter the mens’ county leagues and competitions.

“Great Yarmouth Ladies are currently well represented at county level.”

Last November Great Yarmouth Borough Council agreed to spend £120,000 to draw up more detailed plans about replacing the seafront Marina Centre with a new facility.

The centre is run by which is run by Sentinel Leisure Trust. It was built in 1981, but is in need of modernisation. The council has looked at six options for a new building, and a new leisure complex would cost up to £26m.

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