Would-be bowlers are in for a cash bonus if they take up the sport for the summer at Brentwood Bowling Club.
The club – already one of the fastest-growing in the region – has confirmed that for the second year running it will be waiving the £30 one-off joining fee in a bid to encourage more newcomers.
Plans have also been announced to enhance its support programme for beginners with a series of group sessions and one-to-one tuition provided by experienced members.
Spokesman Les Powell says: “Our priority is to get people enjoying the game as quickly as possible so our emphasis is on providing practical support.
“When novices have got the hang of the basics, they will have a chance to play in a beginners’ league with mentors in each team to help them to improve their game.
“Our fast-track programme was introduced last summer when several beginners progressed so well in their first few months that they were selected to play in our regular teams against other clubs. That’s a fantastic achievement in such a short time.”
Anyone interested in trying their hand at bowling is invited to attend the club annual open day from 10am on 3rd May 2014 – bank holiday Saturday – at King George’s Playing Fields where the council-owned greens are shared by Brentwood Bowling Club and Central Essex Bowling Club.
At the open day, experienced players will be on hand to show how it’s done and within minutes, visitors will be able to have a go at getting bowls – or woods – as near as possible to the target jack.
Bowls and other equipment will be supplied for visitors who are asked to take along a pair of flat-soled shoes or slippers to prevent damage to the greens.
Les added: “Apart from being great fun, lawn bowling provides fresh air and gentle exercise throughout the summer, and there are year-round social activities as well. If you join a bowls club, you’ll never be short of friends.”