Loddon Vale Indoor Bowls Club
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Loddon Vale Indoor Bowling Club was opened in 1991and is situated in the Basingstoke Leisure Centre with free parking provided next to the club entrance. LVIBC was built on land leased from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and is owned by its members.
It provides a friendly environment for those of all ages to experience the sport of bowls throughout the year. The club runs competitions, leagues and friendly matches where bowlers from beginner to expert can enjoy a game that is accessible to them all.
Whilst catering for our experienced bowlers with entries in County and National competition, we also provide special sessions where new bowlers can practice and learn from a number of our more experienced members. Our Junior Team Manager also runs sessions where our younger bowlers can improve their skills together. Our coaches are available to help all of our members.
The club is open throughout the year with bowling sessions commencing at 10.00 a.m. and continuing into the evening. A members’ bar is provided, and food and drinks are available from our restaurant.
The club also runs social events for members providing additional opportunities for members to meet off the bowling green.
The club has had success in the world of indoor bowls having hosted the Women’s National Finals in 2007 and the first joint Women’s and Men’s National Finals in 2008.
Our ladies’ triples team won the national title in 2007. One of junior lady bowlers won the World Junior Singles title in 2006 and is a current member of the England Under 25 National team.
In 2009 Loddon Vale men won four of the five Hampshire County titles and in 2010 retained the pairs and fours titles. Further success came in the following years culminating with the club winning their first National title - the Lenny Denny Trophy in 2016
Loddon Vale is active within the EBYDS. The English Bowls Youth Development Scheme (EBYDS) is a scheme to promote the development of young bowlers.
It is run annually for bowlers in each county in two groups - Juniors under 15 years of age and Seniors between 15 and 18 years of age. The winners and runners up in each group in each county go on to the Regional Final and the top players from this contest go on to represent the South Region in the National Finals later in the year.
Loddon Vale has been well represented in the past in both Junior and Senior divisions and has won the National title on occasions.
Updated 09/09/2021: CS