We are affiliated to:
Bowls England - Bowls Devon - Mid Devon League - South Devon Ladies Bowls League - Men's Over 5 5 Triples League Riviera Mixed Triples League
In 1938, Brixham Council bought two fields near St Mary's Church for £1160 to provide tennis courts, a football pitch, a bowling green and other leisure facilities for the local community. St. Mary's Park with its new bowling green opened on 1st June 1940. (This information was taken from 'A Torbay Century' by John Pike 2003 by a previous Lady Captain)
Over the years St Mary's BC has evolved into an organisation known for drawing the best from people, both as bowlers and members of the club. Our membership has all but doubled over the past five years as we have developed our recruitment and coaching programmes. We have an all-year programme of events that keeps people involved both socially and as active players. We host county matches, and our own invitation triples and charity pairs competitions. On a more practical note, car parking is free and the clubhouse has wheelchair access.
New bowlers, when they join, are entitled to free membership for the first year and this includes coaching and the loan of bowls until they decide to invest in their own equipment. Coaching sessions take place on Mondays and Fridays from 10am to 12pm. Inexperienced bowlers will be encouraged to start playing competitively as soon as they feel ready.
Open Day is an event that takes place every year at the beginning of the season and it provides an opportunity for anyone interested to come along to meet existing members and to give bowling a try. The first organised coaching starts soon after this when all new members are given their introduction by existing members of the Club. The following week and for the next two months, new members are coached by our team of coaches On completion of the course they are asked to join the Club, if it’s not for them, they leave. Our coaching team consists of experienced club bowlers, led by our Head Coach, Tug Wilson who is currently doing a Level Two Coach course at Taunton in preparation for the 2019 season.
Brixham St Mary's Bowling Club coaches everyone of any age, gender or disability. The numbers joining the Club have increased significantly in the last four years, as our membership has doubled from 50 to approximately 100 playing members. Our members are from all walks of life, some have played sport all their lives, other have never played any sport. We all play together in varying degrees of ability and we enjoy the game and the friendship it provokes.