Boost for bowls as Care UK launch partnership in Reading
The benefits of bowling – combining gentle exercise, tactics and socialising – have inspired a significant pledge from Reading-based Care UK Healthcare to the English Indoor Bowling Association (EIBA) to support the development of the game.
The sponsorship, which was announced at the Whiteknights Bowls Club, in Beech Lane, links Care UK’s commitment to enhancing health and wellbeing across communities and the aim of the English Indoor Bowling Association (EIBA) to develop interest in the game.
As well as running 111 and out-of-hours urgent healthcare services, Care UK manages nine NHS Treatment Centres providing secondary care, such as hip and knee replacements, cataract surgery and diagnostic imaging.
Andy Lunt, Managing Director of Care UK secondary care, said: “We are delighted to support the Association. Our centres have already supported outdoor bowling clubs, as we found many of our patients play bowls.
“For those people we see who are suffering the wear and tear of years of competitive sport, bowls offers a truly competitive and tactical game. While it involves a range of movement, it does not impose heavy, jarring impact on the joints.
“It also gives people excellent opportunities to socialise and meet new people, which is important to maintaining and enhancing wellbeing.”
The EIBA represents 285 clubs across 60 county associations. Chief Executive Peter Thompson said: “To secure Care UK Healthcare as an Official Partner is a tremendous boost to the Association and the sport.
“This is an exciting time for us. Not only will Care UK Healthcare be helping indoor bowlers of all ages when they need healthcare, they want to help the sport develop by introducing their patients to an indoor club near them.”