Sport Aberdeen have announced the cancellation of this years popular City of Aberdeen bowls tournament.
Citing funding issues, the annual event which takes place at Westburn Park and would have been the 65th tournament has now bee axed causing “massive disappointment” amongst those bowlers due to take part.
Jill Franks, Sport Aberdeen’s director of business development commented:
“Regrettably the event will not take place this year. A combination of factors have led to this situation.”
“The event has run at a financial loss for a number of years and despite the best efforts of Sport Aberdeen and the volunteer bowling committee, participant numbers have been reducing year on year, making the event unsustainable in the longer term.”
“Discussions with the bowling committee have identified that they would be unable to run the event themselves.”
“The bowling committee appreciate the reasons for our decision and have accepted it.”
“We understand that bowlers from near and far will be disappointed by this decision. We ourselves are disappointed that we have had to make this decision.”
David Leslie, the tournament convener had this to say:
“The numbers have been going down quite regularly over the last 20 years or so.”
“Due to the reduction in numbers the overall cost of the tournament to Sport Aberdeen is more than they are prepared to accept.”
“From the bowlers’ point of view it’s a massive disappointment because it’s been going since 1953 and it’s been part of my life since 1974 from a playing point of view.”
“I’ve been on the committee and involved in the organising of the competitions for around 15 years.”