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Winter League - 4 new teams isn't enough

Winter League

Last week we reported on four new team applications being received and plans to increase the number of divisions from 6 to 8 and the number of teams from 54 to 64. Things have slowed down since then and we currently have 58 teams lined up for the 2024-25 season. That will only provide for 7 divisions of differing numbers of teams and we will not need both of the two new host greens that have already offered their services for the coming season.

Any other League would view 4 new teams as a major step forward but in Winter League terms it signifies a slowing down. It is expected that such a slowdown in demand is inevitable at some stage but there had been no indication that it was imminent. The next three weeks will show us if we had misread the signs.

With only 3 weeks to go to the closing date for new team applications we urge any team considering joining the League to get in touch now. The League has increased to 54 teams starting from zero four years ago. The love of our sport coupled with the milder winters with a winning playing format have all contributed to the huge take-up of teams in joining the League. Here is a quick introduction of the major points about playing during the winter months all prospective teams need to be aware of.

In brief:

  • teams are made up of 4 bowlers who can be of any gender

  • matches are played of 2 Singles and 1 Pairs games

  • bowlers must have passed their 60th birthday to qualify to bowl

  • you don't use your own green in the League as each division is allocated a host green that they play on all season

  • teams play once a week on the same day of the week throughout the season

  • matches are played on Mondays to Thursdays

  • matches are played from October to mid-February

  • there is a two-week break over the Christmas period

  • League fees are £15 per team per season

  • weekly match fees are £12 a team (£3 per bowler) which all goes to the host green which covers green fees, raffle ticket, hot drinks and biscuits for each team member.

  • hot drinks along with hot and cold food are always available for spectators at a modest charge.

The closing date for new team applications is Monday 1 July which is only three weeks away. If you want to learn more about the Winter League then please read 'The Ultimate Guide to Winter Bowling' which will answer many of the questions you are likely to have. Then if you are still interested or have more questions for us then please get in touch by contacting the League Secretary Jeff Jacklin on 07968 171 197 or by email at We look forward to hearing from you before the 1st July deadline which is exactly 3 weeks away from today.

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