The members of the Bowls Club campaign have read, with great horror, about the recent graffiti at Gunnersbury Park.We condemn, without reservation, this utterly intolerable action. We had no prior knowledge of, nor took any part in, these despicable actions. These events will do nothing but harm to our desire to see a bright future for bowls at Gunnersbury Park.We have our differences with the CIC but we will always seek a resolution through civilised discussion and debate, and never through actions such as these.
Jim Storrar ● 206d4 Comments
Grass roots sport is never a priority for the authorities. You only need to see how many facilities and pitches have disappeared over recent years to understand that.Remember 2012 and all that Olympic legacy guff? Never happened. Sadly, there were small clubs in Newham that were turfed out at the time to make way for the games and they simply folded.We wonder why we don’t produce tennis champions (the Murray brothers are the exception because of their upbringing) yet it’s a sport designed in the UK solely for the moneyed middle classes. Affordable and accessible facilities and coaching are non existent.We only started producing cycling champions because millions of pounds were thrown at it. Even then, it’s still not open to all. Can you name one BAME professional at the moment?And I doubt we’ll see another Olympic skating champion from Britain this side of 2050.Unfortunately bowls falls into the unfashionable category when it comes to sport. Not ‘active’ enough perhaps?
Simon Hayes ● 199d
Odd isn't it?The Prime Minister sets out Sport and access for all as a priority for a healthier future.The Mayor of London says the same and has a big budget organisation which has a website stressing the values of small clubs and smaller sports that are accessible and playable for a wide range - Bowls being one of the few that does that.Most sports governance organisations state the same objectives to promote preserve and reinforce smaller local participation clubs.Looking online both Ealing and Hounslow are signed up to promote the same.And on top a rather good document by Cllr K.Dunne on sport and well being in particular for older residents.So where does pizza and Crazy Golf sit with all that?A nice treat out for a few hours but not a sport or a genuine low cost community based sport. - Which also happens to be a Commonwealth Sport which is not dominated by the UK which shows just how broad it is.Bowls is beginning to regenerate so dumping it to suit the rather desperate CICs revenue obsessed agenda which flies in the face of all that authorities are promoting seems rather myopic and spiteful act of ageism.
Raymond Havelock ● 199d
What is ethical about preventing people from exercising? On the face if it the CIC appears to have a grudge against the bowls club, probably because the club has some right to be there, unlike the unelected CIC who have been foisted on us.
Andrew Bond ● 199d