Southbourne Bowls Club (Founded 1920)
56 New Road, Southbourne, Emsworth, Hants. PO10 8JX. Tel 01243 372128
Affiliated to: Bowls England, Sussex County Bowls, ESMBA, W.S.C.S.M.B.A.


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Bowling at Southbourne

Southbourne Bowls Club is a mixed club located in West Sussex and is one of the few in the County to have an outdoor all weather green of six rinks available for use all year. The green officially opens mid April and normally enjoys uninterrupted play until closure in late September. During the Winter the Club provides outdoor social bowling with the 'Polar Bears' and indoor Short Mat bowling as an affiliated Short Mat Bowling Club.

Although a small club in terms of membership, Southbourne has enjoyed it's share of County and National successes. Recent initiatives have been very successful at attracting both newcomers and experienced bowlers to the club, however, Southbourne still has plenty of capacity for new members and would be more than pleased to welcome you should you be looking for a change or new challenge.

The Bowls Club offers a full range of bowling for both the competitive and social bowler. These include County and Club matches, internal competitions and leagues, Friendly fixtures and Roll-ups.

County and National Competitions.

Individuals may enter the full range of competitions offered by the County and National governing bodies both outside and on the Short Mats. The club also enter a selection of the team events available. These provide competition for the more experienced bowler and gives opportunity for all players to test their abilities at the highest level.

West Sussex Bowls League (WSBL).

This expanding league is currently supported by over twenty clubs from West Sussex. Split into three divisions, it probably provides the most competitive men's club bowls in the west of the County. This is a men only league with games played on four rinks with home and away fixtures during the course of the season.
Southbourne joined in 2004 and continues to enjoy the competition provided by the top bowlers in the area. The WSBL also run a cup competition (P.C. Cup) which compliments the league season.

Brooks Motors League (BML).

This is a Two Mixed Triples League that the club competes in with the fixtures usually played alongside an additional friendly. This provides an ideal introduction to a slightly more competitive style of play and enables our Ladies section to participate in a club League.

West Sussex Short Mat League.

During the Winter Season the club compete in the County Short Mat League which plays to a Two Fours format. The lower divisions are for clubs in the South West of West Sussex, whilst the higher divisions are county wide. All players require registration with the county to play in this competition and this is arranged via the clubs Short Mat Secretary.

Club Competitions.

A large selection of Men's, Ladies and mixed competitions are competed for annually both outdoors and on the Short Mats. Most formats of the game are covered including Singles, Two Wood Singles, Two and Four wood Pairs and a Pairs League. The club have also introduced additional competitions that cater for our more senior bowlers and those new to the game.

Club Friendly Fixtures.

A full outdoor season of friendly fixtures are available for those members who enjoy a social game of bowls in good company. These popular fixtures will introduce newer bowlers to the game as well as take them on their travels to clubs in the surrounding area.

Winter Bowling (Polar Bears).

Known as the 'Polar Bears' our winter bowlers enjoy regular get together's during the colder months of the year. Enjoyable social bowling is the name of the game with an annual dinner to round of the season before Spring arrives.

Roll-Up Sessions.

Outdoor Roll-Ups are always welcome providing rink space is available. During the Short Mat Season, Roll-ups are held on most Tuesday evenings and Sunday afternoons, provided that no fixture is scheduled.

How to join Southbourne Bowls Club

Southbourne Bowls Section

Membership to the Bowls Section is available as a full member (renewed annually) or as an associate member (for new bowlers in their first year only). Membership to the Social Club will be required for both these schemes.

The club also offer a Winter Bowling membership even if you play elsewhere in the Summer season. Membership to the Social Club is optional (but advised) for this scheme.

For further information about our Bowls Club membership schemes, please contact the Bowls Club Secretary using the following Membership Enquiry form:

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Southbourne Social Club

Membership to Southbourne Social club is available to anyone over the age of eighteen provided their application is approved by the management committee.

Completed application forms must be proposed and seconded by existing club members and submitted to the Social Club Secretary by post to the following address.

The Secretary.
Southbourne Club,
New Rd,
Nr. Emsworth,
PO10 8JX.

For further information, or queries on Social Club membership, please telephone (01243) 372128 and request contact details for the Social Club Secretary.

Directions to Southbourne Bowls Club

Travelling from the East

Follow the A27 westbound towards Chichester. Proceed along the Chichester bypass taking the first exit at the Fishbourne roundabout on to the A259, signposted to Bosham. Follow the A259 past Bosham following signs to Southbourne. Take the third exit at the Church mini roundabout turning into Stein road. Take the second turning on the right (after approx 150 yards), turning into New road. Turn immediately left into Southbourne Social Club car park.

Travelling from the West

Follow the A27 eastbound towards Chichester. At Havant take the slip road signposted A259 Emsworth, leaving the first roundabout by the third exit and the second roundabout by the first exit. Follow the A259 past Emsworth following signs to Southbourne. Take the first exit at the Church mini roundabout turning into Stein road. Take the second turning on the right (after approx 150 yards), turning into New road. Turn immediately left into Southbourne Social Club car park.

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Nearest Post code for Sat Nav sets. PO10 8LD