Written by Gavin on 12th May 2017
L-R Steven Williams, Captain of Penygraig Bowls Club, Iestyn Williams Welsh International under 18’s Indoor Mixed Bowls Champion, Nicola Jenkins Pennant Walters and player Christopher Edwards
A Penygraig sports club has been ‘bowled over’ by the generosity of a local energy company after it stepped in to fund kit for its team members in time for the start of the season.
Local energy company, Pennant Walters, provided much-needed funding to Penygraig Bowls Club which has allowed the purchase of 36 jackets and polo shirts so that the team can now face their opposition in style.
The club, which currently has three junior Welsh internationals on its team, is now using the start of the season to appeal to more young local people to join them in playing bowls as it bids to eradicate the decline experienced during the 90’s.
Steven Williams, Captain of Penygraig Bowls Club explains:
“The bowling green has been in Penygraig for over 100 years and during the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s we were one of the top flight teams in Wales. Sadly, historically the bowling green was sacred and children weren’t allowed to participate which then led to a decline in young people coming through and, tragically, the club folded.”
Seeing an appetite from local people to still play bowls, Steven was one of a group who established Penygraig Bowls Club in 2012. Still in its infancy, the club is attracting more members each year and now competes in four leagues.
“We are delighted with how we are progressing as a club and the calibre of youngsters that are coming through wanting to play as part of our team. Bowls is an inclusive sport and we are trying to combat the perception that often surrounds it.
“Having this funding from Pennant Walters has been a big boost to us at the start of the season and we are now set to face our opposition in style. Everyone involved in the club is passionate about bowls and wearing matching kit allows us to proudly show where we’re from. We hope more and more young people will see us playing and training on the green and want to get involved.”
Pennant Walters managing director Dale Hart said:
“Our wind energy project community funds exists to make a difference to the local communities in which we work. The local Rhondda community has spoken loudly about the desire to have a club locally and we’re delighted to help provide the necessary kit that enables the team to play across all four leagues.
“Having a focus on getting young people to play the sport will ensure the longevity of the club and we wish everyone involved in Penygraig Bowls Club the very best for the future.”
Pennant Walters operates two new wind farms in the Gilfach Goch and Blackmill areas, Pant y Wal in the county of Bridgend, and Fforch Nest, which straddles the border of Bridgend and Rhondda Cynon Taf.
The two sites have a total of 21 turbines producing 53 megawatts of clean electricity – enough to power the equivalent of 25,000 homes.