Saturday 15th August saw Riverside Bowl in Andover welcome customers through its doors and onto the lanes for the first time in over 5 months.
Valley Leisure Ltd, independent local charity and operator of Riverside Bowl was forced to close the family ten-pin bowling and indoor glo-golf facility earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and closure of leisure facilities.
After a false start nearly three weeks ago due to the Government decision to ‘squeeze the breaks’ on the reopening of some leisure facilities, the Riverside Bowl team were over the moon to be back in action.
Having been furloughed for 5 months the team returned to work in early August with energy and enthusiasm to prepare for the reopening of Andover’s unique ten-pin bowling and indoor glo-golf facility.
Ben Thambipillai, Centre Manager said “We are thrilled to reopen and welcome customers back to Riverside Bowl after such an extended closure. We have put a great deal of thought into ensuring that we safeguard staff and customers as best possible whilst offering the same great family fun service.”
Valley Leisure Ltd has a long-standing reputation for excellence in health and safety and the team have taken significant steps to reduce the risk of infection transmission as best possible. A reduced building and activity capacity and enhanced cleaning and sanitisation regimen are some of the additional measures in place which the team highlight on a comprehensive video available online.
Chris Attrill, Chief Executive of Valley Leisure Ltd. said “We are very proud of our commitment and excellent track record in health and safety. COVID-19 has placed additional challenges on our operations which we have met and exceeded for the benefit of all who work here and visit us.”
“We are delighted that 100% of customers said they felt sufficient social distancing measures are in place and over 90% of customers felt safe or very safe during their recent visit to us.”
Customers agree, commenting via social media “Excellent COVID-19 measures in place.”
For more information including COVID-19 safety measures, new opening hours, pricing and to book online visit www.riverside-bowl.co.uk or call 01264 568192.
Riverside Bowl is operated by independent charity Valley Leisure Ltd (Reg. Charity Number 800760).
About Valley Leisure
Valley Leisure was established as a charity in 1990 with a broad remit to advance health and wellbeing for the public benefit.
The charity’s mission is ‘move more, feel better’.
Valley Leisure currently operates Riverside Bowl, an innovative service utilising bowling and glo-golf to engage the community in the interests of social welfare with the object of improving the conditions of life for the public. The charity seeks to engage with people of all ages and physical abilities to promote active lifestyles in furtherance of public benefit. The launch of the I Can Therapy Centre is part of our commitment to innovation in social wellbeing.