Players at all levels are welcome and bowls is suitable for all abilities. Beginners are encouraged to come along and give bowls a try. Free taster sessions are offered every Saturday morning from 09:30 to 11:30. All equipment is provided free of charge. The annual subscription is also discounted to help new members into the sport.
If Saturday mornings are not convenient for you then please use the Contact Form or phone 01327 704264 to arrange a more convenient time.
Free coaching/skills improvement sessions are also held on Saturday mornings from 09:30 to 11:30 and at others times by arrangement with the coaches.
People with a disability can compete equally against other disabled bowlers or non-disabled bowlers. All areas within the Club are easily accessible by wheelchair; in addition the Club owns a number of specially designed wheelchairs that protect the carpet. Several other aids are also available to allow players with a variety of disabilities to participate in the sport; the Club has sticks and bowl lifters, which can be borrowed from the duty Steward.
We welcome applications from anyone interesting in joining for casual play with friends, to take part in the roll-ups, or to enter leagues, matches, and competitions.
If you do not wish to bowl, then please consider becoming a Social member. We have an excellent bar and there are occasional events to which you would be made welcome. Social membership entitles you to purchase drinks from the bar.
Print a membership application form (.pdf).
The Club functions by having volunteers to assist in the running of the Club, such as Stewards, social evenings, maintenance, etc. The Club officers are all volunteers who give generously of their time and energy so that you can enjoy and play the game. Without volunteers to help run the Club we would need to look at paying people to do some of the essential jobs. This would, therefore, have an impact on our annual subscriptions and the rink fees which the Board is trying to keep to a minimum. Therefore, your assistance is very much needed, be it for an hour a day, week or month; it all helps. Please also support social events and functions organised for the good of the Club and your enjoyment. With everyone playing their part, Daventry Indoor Bowls Club is a great place to be.
The subscription year runs from 1st October to 30th September.
At the AGM, the board announced that the annual subscription would stay at £60 a year. A reduced subscription of £25 is payable by members joining after 1st April 2018.
The annual subscription for new members is discounted to £25 for the first year.Juniors (under 18 on the 1st October 2017) and non-playing Social members pay just £1 per annum.
When you pay your subscription you will be issued with a membership card which notes your membership number. All new members are also issued with a copy of the Club's Articles of Association, which sets out the rules of the Club to which all members must adhere.
Rink fees are currently £2.50 per two-hour session or £1.50 for one hour.
Rink fees are discounted by 50% for Junior bowlers.
Members may bring occasional guests, who may play for a maximum of five times in any year. The cost for guests is £3.50 per two-hour session or £2 for one hour.
Match fees range from £6 to £9, dependent upon the type of match; the fee includes a transport levy paid to drivers for away games, and possibly a meal!
Entry key fob
A refundable payment of £5 covers the cost of the door/barrier entry key fob. Fobs remain the property of the Club and must be returned if you decide not to continue your membership. Faulty fobs will be exchanged by the Membership Secretary.
Lockers are available at a cost of £5 per year. Alternatively you may pay a one-off sum of £20 to rent a locker for the duration of your membership. Your locker key must be returned if you decide not to continue your membership. Lockers are not transferable.
We currently have five qualified coaches:
- At BDA Level 2: Sue Pernyes & Mike Robins
- At BDA Level 1: Trevor Taylor, Ed Hibberd & Brian King
There are also many others in the Club who are very willing to offer help and advice to new bowlers.
Initially, the Club offers four completely free sessions to introduce you to bowls, so that you can decide whether it is something you enjoy and would like to continue and develop.
Coaching is available regularly on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11:30 to 13:30 and on Saturday mornings from 09:30 to 11:30.
Individual coaching can also be arranged at other times by contacting our coaches through the Club on 01327 871971, or directly:
We run a six-session beginners coaching programme which covers everything you need to know (and practice) so that you can join in with our card roll-up sessions and open drawn leagues, which are designed with beginners in mind.
There is then a further six-session coaching programme to extend your range of shots. This is something that can be undertaken once you have grasped the basics and have been bowling for six months to a year and feel ready to develop your skills.
Our coaches do not charge for their time, and your rink time is free whilst you are undertaking any of our coaching programmes.
If you have any queries please contact our Head Coach, Sue Pernyes.
PLEASE DO NOT use Grippo polish on your bowls – it does nasty things to our carpet. Other polishes such as Crack-a-jack are quite acceptable.
Both stick and spray chalk or dry pens may be used within the Club. Chalk is provided free and spray chalk can be purchased from the Stewards.
During the Winter Season (October to April) the Club is normally open seven days a week, from 09:30 until 20:30 (Stewards permitting). In the Summer (May to September) opening hours are reduced. Session times are displayed on the Rink Availability page or on the notice board in the Clubhouse; these sheets cover the coming four weeks and show what has already been reserved for roll-ups, leagues, matches and competitions.
To book any unreserved rink time you simply write your name in the appropriate space on the sheet in the Clubhouse. You may cancel your booking up to 24 hours ahead without charge; a simple phone call to the duty Steward on 01327 871971 will suffice. However, if you do not turn up and have not cancelled your booking you will be liable for the cost of the rink.
The Club organises lots of different activities: roll-ups, leagues, matches, competitions, etc. There are competitions for Novice players (ie those who have been bowling for less than 2 years). Don't be shy to add your name to any of them, no matter how new you are.
Casual Roll-Up Sessions (just turn up and bowl – no partner needed)These are generally 09:30 to 11:30 on Mondays and Thursdays and 11:30 to 13:30 on Fridays. Sessions are shown in orange on the Rink Booking sheets. These sessions can be played as pairs, triples or fours depending on the numbers turning up and the rinks available. Please add your name to the list on the desk outside the office as soon as you arrive so that the organiser knows how many people wish to play.
Winter and Summer Club leagues are played between teams from within the Club and are usually two-hour sessions. Mens, ladies and mixed leagues are played and can be pairs, triples or fours. League rules are available online and are also posted on the Club notice boards.There are a number of drawn leagues when you can just turn up and take part; you don't have to play every week. These leagues attract a lot of new bowlers, who are encouraged by more experienced bowlers. These drawn leagues take place on Mondays at 11:30, Tuesdays at 11:30 and 18:30 and Fridays at 18:30.
Please ask for details about joining the leagues – you will be made most welcome.
The Club regularly plays matches against other Clubs in Northamptonshire and neighbouring counties. These are friendly matches and everyone is encouraged to take part. Matches are played in Club shirts and grey trousers/skirts (see the Dress Code).
Details of forthcoming matches are displayed on the notice boards; we ask you please to check your diaries and put your names on the availability sheets as soon as possible.
Once the playing list is put up, please tick your name so that the Captain knows you are aware that you have been selected to play. If people do not volunteer to play then it becomes necessary for the Captain to make numerous begging phone calls to get sufficient players, or face the prospect of cancelling the match. You wouldn't like to be put in that position and neither do they. So, please don't be shy – friendly matches are just like roll-ups and are played in a very relaxed atmosphere. Put your name on the sheet and come along and have a very enjoyable afternoon.
During both the Winter and Summer Seasons, singles, pairs, triples and fours competitions are arranged for men, ladies and mixed teams. These are both nominated (where members arrange their own partners) and drawn (where partners are arranged by the Club). Club competitions are great fun and only cost £1 to enter. Competition rules are available online and are also posted on the Club notice boards.
Please ask for details of the competitions – you will be most welcome.
County & National Competitions
The Club also participates in both County and National competitions. If you are interested in playing at this level, please do ask the Stewards for details.
From time to time you will see events advertised such as President's Gala, Julien Coyles Cup, Captain's Day etc. These are friendly, social/bowling sessions that are open to everyone in the Club. There is often a tea and generally a raffle to help things along, so please put your name down, come along and join in the fun.
Players at all levels are always welcome.
For all Casual Play, Leagues & Competitions
A white top with a collar and grey trousers or skirts. Shorts are not permitted at any time.
Small logos and a little coloured piping on the collar/sleeves is permitted. Daventry Eagles Club shirts may be worn at any time.
Shoes must be flat, no heel and with a smooth sole, used only whilst bowling and must not be used outside.
For teams who have registered to play in a coloured top for leagues or competitions, the same colour must be worn by ALL members of the team when playing, otherwise all must wear white.
Friendly inter-club matches will be played in greys with Club shirts unless whites are specifically requested.
Representative matches are generally played in whites unless otherwise advised.
If you have anything of interest to report please leave a note in the folder in the office and the Chair will try to include it in one of our regular newspaper reports.
Do please spread the word as we always welcome more members.