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Floodlight Project
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Unfortunately this project was not successful.

To provide more quality playing time at the end of the season when light starts to fade in the evenings when most comp. finals are played.

by Blackford Bowling Club in Blackford, Perth and Kinross, Scotland

Over the last 2-3 years, the club has made great strides forward in terms of membership figures where other bowling clubs have suffered. A great deal of progress has been made particularly with regard to the recruitment of junior members through the Active Schools project and also disabled members. We are the only disabled hub in the Perthshire area and are recognised by Scottish Disability Sport.Regular Taster/Workshop sessions are held throughout the bowling season (April - October). We also run weekly coaching, which has resulted in a 10 - 12 % increase in membership figures over the last two seasons. This has had a very positive impact on the clubs success in local competition, especially this season.

The successes have given us a problem however. Prior to the increase in membership there was sufficient time during the season to complete all competitons with time to spare. We now find that several factors make that almost impossible. This year one of our finals was played on the day before the closing day.

There is pressure on green time due to:-

a) Increase in use due to Active Schools Project. Junior membership is a very important area of recruitment and ties in with our National Governing Body, Bowls Scotland pathway.

b) Increase in use due to Scottish Disabilty Sport Taster/Workshop sessions

c) Increase in use due to increase in membership.

d) Increase in use due to the quality of our bowling surface. Over the last two years Bowls Scotland have used our facilities for Junior International Trials. This season we hosted the Hong Kong Youth Development Team coaching session and test series versus the Scottish Young Bowlers Association (U17's)  

The installation of floodlights will allow more efficient use of greentime by stretching the playing time available.