Bath Sports and Leisure Centre opened its new ten pin bowling alleys in November 2017. Since then they have proven to be a popular facility in the centre, including our Healthwise members. 

Our Healthwise team work with individuals who have been referred by their GP in an effort to improve their health. The individual and the Healthwise staff member will work together on a plan to encourage the person to become more physically active in order to improve their health.

Madeleine Groves is one of the satisfied Healthwise participants. Madeleine said "I have found that taking part in the Ten Pin bowling sessions run by Healthwise has reminded me that fun doesn’t end after a health scare, it has been excellent stress reliever for me both mentally and physically as well as keeping me fit, combined with a great social event". Another participant Paul Foxall added "It is very enjoyable, social and beneficial all in one package. Long may it continue!".

Hugh is very pleased with how the sessions have gone. "We’re very pleased with how popular the sessions have proven to be. In addition to being great fun, the sessions can be used as a vehicle to improve social and mental well being amongst our participants. We hope our sessions demonstrate that bowling is an inclusive activity, with ramps being available for those who may have difficulty with the weight of the ball, and hope it encourages people of all ages to try it for themselves".

The Healthwise team decided to take advantage of the newly opened facility and run some bowling sessions for Healthwise participants. The sessions aimed to create a friendly environment for the participants to socialise and meet new people whilst introducing them to the new facility. The first sessions had over 20 attendees and subsequent sessions have also been well attended. The weekly sessions take place on a Tuesday afternoon (an off peak day time session) and are free of charge for Healthwise direct debit members, with other Healthwise participants paying just £3 to take part.

Healthwise team member, Hugh Gorton, has worked closely with many of the bowlers. He attended and facilitated the first few sessions to welcome participants and to answer any questions the participants had about the rules of the game.