The future of Teviotdale Indoor Bowling Centre in Hawick looks bright after agreement was reached for Live Borders to take over management of the facility. The centre consists of a large bowling hall attached to the Teviotdale Leisure Centre and has been the home of Teviotdale Indoor Bowling Club since its opening.
It was previously leased by the former Roxburgh District Council to Walker Homes (Scotland) for a 35 year period in 1985, which has since expired.
Scottish Borders Council’s Executive Committee has now approved plans for it to be added to the facilities currently leased to Live Borders by the Council, which will see all maintenance duties and responsibilities passed to Live Borders. The Bowling Club will now sub-lease the hall from Live Borders, allowing the members to use the hall as they have done for the last 35 years.
Councillor Euan Jardine, Executive Member for Wellbeing, Sport and Culture at SBC said: “SBC, Live Borders and Teviotdale Indoor Bowling Club recognise the importance of the Bowling Centre as an important sporting and social facility not only for Hawick but for the wider Borders too. I’m sure the centre will continue to grow from strength-to-strength and can help to develop future world champions like Julie Forrest, who only last month celebrated more success – winning the mixed pairs at the World Indoor Bowls Championships in Norfolk with partner Stewart Anderson.”
Ewan Jackson, Chief Executive of Live Borders, said: “We are really pleased to confirm these new arrangements, which I’m sure will provide much needed security for the club and its members going forward. It also further demonstrates our commitment to services in Hawick. The centre is immediately being sub-leased to the Bowling Club who will continue to run this excellent facility, which I’m sure will continue to be well used once Coronavirus restrictions are eased.”