Kingsley Indoor Bowls Club excited to be back in action

North Devon Gazette

Kingsley Indoor Bowls Club has had much to celebrate recently thanks to a new state-of-the-art ventilation system, funded by Sport England.

Many Indoor sports facilities have been seriously affected by wider public health objectives placed to limit social contact and reduce transmission of COVID-19.

The Government and Sport England directed that indoor sport venues will require higher standards of air quality than previously accepted and the National Lottery, in conjunction with Sport England, have provided generous grant schemes.

James Rhodes, Company Chair of Kingsley Bowls, and retired Energy Assessor, said: “Kingsley Indoor Bowling Club is a not-for-profit community facing amateur sports club. Staying active is a vital weapon against COVID-19, which is why people will always be able to, and encouraged to, exercise even during periods of tough restrictions.

"People should try to ensure they exercise regularly in a way that suits them, as physical activity plays a vital role in our physical and mental wellbeing. The last 12 months has been tough, but when we were allowed to open, the Kingsley COVID team have done an excellent job, making Kingsley one of the safest indoor sports venues in North Devon to visit.

"Whilst preparing the club to reopen to full bowling activities, it was decided to take a belt and braces approach to improving the airflow into the club without detrimentally interfering with the building's energy efficiency and a grant from the Sport England – Return to Play, Community Asset Fund helped to pay the full costs of the improved ventilation improvements, providing an abundance of clean, fresh air.” Â

The system installed is a mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system (MVHR) providing fresh filtered air into the building whilst retaining most of the energy that has already been used in heating the building from the already installed air-source heat pumps, maintaining the air quality whilst being practically invisible.

The extracted air is taken through a central heat exchanger and the heat recovered into the supply air whilst retaining most of the energy that has already been used in heating the building and is compatible with the already installed Daikin Air-Source heat pumps. Recovering up to 90 per cent of normally wasted heat and reduce future heating and cooling requirements by up to 25 per cent.

Kingsley is ready to face the future with confidence, being the only indoor, all-year, bowing club in North Devon, fully compliant to EIBAÂ national competition standards, with a well maintained playing green, full HVAC, to provide thermal comfort and acceptable indoor air quality, and LED lighting.

Every World Bowls Tournament sees a group of highly trained professionals who carry out the officiating of all the matches and Dan Bluett, an EBUA National Umpire, (WBT), official, World Bowls International Technical Official, added: "I'm really pleased my home club, KIBC, was able to secure a Sport England grant for the installation of the ventilation system in response to the pandemic as without it the club would not be able to operate in the same way as it did before.

"It has enabled us to offer the current and any future members a safe and comfortable environment to play bowls in.  Despite the concerns of many the system is not intrusive and quite quiet in operation, although to the eye it may seem slightly industrial, it is future proofed to cater for any potential expansion of the club’s facilities."

Experienced bowlers are welcome at the club's ‘taster day’ on September 11 to see what Kingsley has to offer. No need to pre-book, just turn up on the day for free use of bowls and shoes, as well as light refreshments.Â

The day aims to give newcomers a taste of club life and the social activities that are part and parcel of membership at Kingsley Indoor Bowling Club, where former world champion David Bryant was involved with the design incorporating four full rinks.