The club caters for all ages and abilities. Bowls is sometimes labelled as an old person's sport, but the diverse membership at Henderson puts paid to that myth. In fact, it's an excellent activity for all levels of fitness.
The season runs from September to May, and members can enjoy weekly roll-ups on Saturdays and Wednesdays. There's no need to book. You can just turn up and play with whoever is available. Henderson Bowls regularly hosts club and inter-club tournaments for individual players plus pairs and triples.
The club has three natural greens and one high-quality artificial playing surface. This means members can play all year round, weather permitting. There's also a clubhouse where you can enjoy a post-match catch-up with other members.
‘We have a long, proud history of promoting bowls in West Auckland,’ explains Tony Lumb, President.
Tony says that the club has one coach who works with local schools. And the greens are often busy with young people taking part in after-school bowls. Furthermore, the club has developed a relationship with a local special needs school. Students have enjoyed getting out of the classroom and giving bowls a try.
The past two years have been challenging for Henderson Bowling Club. Lockdowns saw the club close the doors for extended periods. According to Tony, the closures have made a serious dent in the bank balance. The club relies on the income generated from hiring the clubhouse for meetings and functions.
‘We applied to the Your West Support Fund for help with our administration costs,’ explains Tony. He says that the $5,000 has made a significant difference to the club.
'Thanks to the funding, we have been able to pay our bills, and it's helped keep us financially secure,' he says.
Play has once again resumed under the traffic light system at Henderson Bowling Club. So, if you would like to get involved in this fun sport, check out the club's website for all the details.