a-z of sport: Bowls
Bowls or lawn bowls is a sport in which the objective is to roll the bowls as close as possible to a small white ball called the 'jack'.
Played outdoors on a flat square of grass, or indoors on an artificial surface, bowls can be played by all ages. Bowls truly is the sport for all - all ages, all sexes and all abilities!
There are four different formats of the game of bowls that are recognised – flat green outdoor, flat green indoor, crown green and short mat – so there are plenty of opportunities for you to give it a go. Bowls is also a relatively cheap game compared to other sports, whether you choose to join an indoor or outdoor club, or 'pay and play' at your local park.
It's a game you can enjoy at any age, and with no experience - all clubs will encourage anyone wanting to learn or develop their skills. You can also can play all year round - indoor bowls in the winter and out on the greens in the summer.
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