RADNORSHIRE indoor bowling association (RIBA) has a legendary reputation for producing lady bowlers who have been major winners in both UK and international competitions.

To maintain the club’s status in the long-term, local international champion Wendy Price, now one of the club’s coaching team members, is appealing for teenagers, mums and grandmothers alike to come along and try the sport.

The centrally located RIBA indoor arena, next to the Pavilion, is carpeted, heated and with its own café is just the place for individuals and groups to spend a couple of hours during a cold and wet winter day.

Wendy said: "Bowlers play for health and recreation, while some move on to compete in winter evening leagues after their first season.

"Indoor bowls is a great leisure activity for all the family and the initial ‘try-out’ sessions are free and new members then enjoy a very low cost leisure activity at what is now a registered charity venue."

Other local women keen to help new members get started are Wales’ new international disabled bowler Pauline Wilson and the world record breaking international ‘granny’ Betty Morgan MBE who has just retired from international competition after many years in the sport.

Wendy, who is a RIBA Charity Trustee, explained: "You can just drop-in any time for a great value coffee and cake to watch the matches in progress. If you are just a bit interested then it is easy to arrange for a free trial session using the club’s loan equipment.

"All you’ll need on the playing day are sensible trousers and top. Initial coaching is free to help get new members started in the sport."