A heartfelt goodbye to the Javea Green Bowls Club

Javea Green Bowls Club Credit: Javea Green Bowls Club

After more than a year of efforts to find a new home, JGBC will confirm its closure on June 30.

Founded in 1993, the club, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, was the largest bowling club on the Costa Blanca and played an important role in the life of  Javea’s international community.

The Club in the past had over 200 members, competing with other clubs in the Northern & Winter Leagues and holding the famous Iberian Open Tournament. 

For some, JGBC was the route to bowling internationally for Spain, for others it was simply an active pastime with friends. In March 2023, the club was told by the owner of the Inn on The Green, that he wanted to sell his business.

JGBC members immediately started looking for a new home. As a member of the re-building Committee Tony Osborn,  experienced in the construction and planning industry in Spain, made incredible efforts to save the club from disappearing until his death in April 2024.

After approaching fellow Bowls Clubs to share ground, collaboration with BBC (Benitachell Bowls Club), and El Cid was turned down. 

Fortunately, the Club did reach an agreement with Calpe Bowls Club, but many members began to leave because of the long journey.

JGBC refused to give up and approached local authorities, and others, to consider Pinosol Park, Javea Golf Club and Villotel Urbanisation, all unfortunately unsuccessful. Javea Council approached them in February offering ground behind Javea Football pitch, sadly days later, this offer was withdrawn.

“Let it go,” “We have tried our best,” some members began saying. The Club almost closed in April, but the remaining members decided to have one more try with the Council. 

JGBC President was given two months to contact Javea Council and advise that if no land could be found in the near future, the Club would close at the end of June. 

“The Council is unable to help the club with a site and therefore it would not be necessary to have any further meetings,” was the Council´s response.

June 30 will mark the closure of JGBC, former members will be invited to join Calpe, El Cid, BBC or Bonalba but after 30 years of Javea´s successes, some may stop bowling completely. 

Javea Greens’ bowling equipment and funds will  be shared between the above Clubs and Bowling Associations and with charities close to members´ hearts like Help of Marina Alta and Javea Cancer Care. 

Members of Javea Green Bowls Club are incredibly disappointed to say goodbye to bowling in Javea but will close with fond memories and a Charitable contribution to the local community.

This has also been very disappointing for the Club´s 50+ local business sponsors over the years. The Club thanked them for their massive support, making it possible to host a wide range of competitions and prizes.

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Written by

Anna Akopyan

Originally from Moscow, with Russian and Armenian origins, Anna has lived in Costa Blanca for over ten years. She is passionate about singing, acting and traveling.