Capel starting glow in the dark bowls under UV lights
Capel Bowls Club is leading the lawn bowls pack in WA with the State’s first glow-in-the-dark game designed to be played on hot summer nights — and they hope it will attract younger members.
With a special black light assembled along two bowling rinks and the balls themselves painted a variety of glow-in-the-dark colours, the club’s players are urging others to join them for games of Glow Bowls this season.
Club president Steve O’Brien, pictured right, said it took 12 months of planning and discussionsto find the right lighting and paint.
Members came up with the idea as a way of getting more people interested in the game and making it more fun.
“We started working on the technical side of things and found this group was doing it in Brisbane and this gave us more incentive,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Our first attempts failed, but we tried different paint products until we got it right so we can offer different colours.
When the bowls go down it’s a kaleidoscope of colour — greens, pinks, blues, whites, you name it.
The club even went as far as contacting a manufacturer in Scotland to create the balls.
“We are trying to attract younger people to the game,” Mr O’Brien said.
“People within the community and the surrounding area can come and have an hour and a half of fun and just enjoy themselves.”
Glow Bowls will begin tonight from 7.45pm-9pm and run every week until the end of March.
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