This is one of Arsenal in the Community's longest standing projects and has been running for over 26 years. The project was designed primarily to cater for the over 60s, out of this was born the Arsenal short mat bowls team. A group of senior citizens who used the facilities and formed the Arsenal Short Mat Bowls team.

These sessions, overseen by Arsenal in the Community staff still run today and matches are played at Emirates Stadium and on estates thanks to a partnership with Homes for Islington which provides safe places for older residents to play and Funding from the Premier League-PFA Community Fund. We have also opened up a link with Finsbury Park Lawn bowls club. This has involved 3 summer visits from our bowlers, which includes free coaching and competition.

We are currently running sessions in 4 Islington Estates with a 5th to follow soon.

Westbourne Community centre
43 Roman way,
N7 8XG
(Mondays, 10.15am to 12pm)

Andover Community centre,
Andover Estate,
N7 7RY
(Mondays, 1.30pm to 3.15 pm)

The Bridge,
81, Arran walk,
N1 2TL
(Tuesdays,10.15am to 12pm)

Caxton House,
129 St John’s way,
N19 3RQ
(Wednesdays,10.15am to 12pm)

Sotheby Mews Day centre,
N5 2UT
Soon to be replaced by Mayville Centre,
Woodville Rd,
N16 8NA

6. Mildmay Community centre,
Woodville Rd
N16 8NA
(Thursdays, 1.45pm to 4pm)

These sessions, while traditionally attracting an older participant, have now been made ‘Intergenerational’ And we’ve begun to see a welcome influx of teenagers and young men and women, joining in AND helping to run these sessions.

Contact: Mark Antoniewicz

Arsenal in the Community Bowls Programme

Arsenal in the Community Bowls Programme

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Premier League & PFA Community Fund
Premier League and PFA Community Fund
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7 Jan 2011