Dolphin Indoor Bowls Club is available for both Members and Non Members to play bowls. (Non members / guests can play a maximum of 5 times).
A membership form can be copied from the tab below or pop into the club where someone will be happy to assist you. Open Days to the public are held twice each year in October and January; these are responsible for keeping the Membership to a high level and, with the expertise of the Coaches and Senior Members, prospective Members soon understand the art of bowling.
Prospective Members, who have not played bowls before, are encouraged to join the five week Coaching Course; after this there is another two weeks to become accustomed to playing in league formations and to learn more about the game of bowls. The Annual Subscription (currently £90) is payable in September each year. The "one off" Joining Fee of £100 can be paid at the time of joining or in four equal, annual instalments of £25 each year for four years. As a Members Club, each new member also pays £1 for a Members Share.
After joining, Members are encouraged to further participate by joining a New Bowlers League and also take part in “Spoons” and Novice Bowler sessions, which are three times per week in the Winter season and also in the summer season. Our fees for membership and playing are detailed below; all memberships run from 1st October to 30th September of the following year.
The Joining Fee can be paid in one single payment, or in four, equal annual installments over four years
Joining Fee (Adults): £100.00 - can be paid in four, equal annual payments of £25
Joining Fee (Juniors Under 18): £50.00 - can be paid by four, equal annual payments of £12.50
Annual Subscription Fee
Full Playing Member Subscription: £90.00 per year
Social Membership / Non Playing Membership: £20.00 per year
Junior Member (Under 18): £10.00 per year
Juniors (Under 18) £1.85
DOWNLOAD MEMBERSHIP FORM - click here
Dress Code - click here
Club approved coloured shirts must be worn for Men's and Ladies Representative matches; they must be purchased by members and not borrowed. These shirts may also be worn for County and National matches provided the entire team agrees to wear them. The shirts can only be purchased from Top Rink Bowls shop (at the club).
Playing members can hire a locker (subject to waiting list) for a yearly rent of just £5; contact Reception on 01202 675551.
The Dolphin Indoor Bowls Club has a Junior Section which accepts children between the ages of 8 to 18. Qualified coaches are present and give appropriate instruction on Saturday mornings from 09.30 to 11.30; this is known as “The Saturday Junior Club”. Children have the first 4 Saturdays free of charge after which, if they wish to continue, they are charged £1.50 for each 2 hour session (Annual Subscription is £5). The Saturday Junior Club is open for the Winter Period only (end of September to early April); an average attendance on Saturday mornings is 21 children. Each child is entered for the Singles and Pairs competitions to get them used to competitive play. Matches are also arranged against other Clubs in Dorset and Devon.
Children have the option of joining the Junior Section from the age of 10 and this gives the same rights as adult members; the usual Child Protection Rules apply. The charge for Junior Membership is a Joining Fee of £50, which can be paid over 4 years, plus £10 Annual Subscription. Once a child reaches the age of 18 they automatically become an adult member.
Our Open Days have shown that some parents, grandparents and responsible adults, who have brought youngsters along, have also signed up for coaching. Anyone interested in bringing a Junior along and needing information should contact Penny Cresswell on 01202 690182.