It looks like the end of the line for indoor bowling in Kirklees.

Players believe the sport will end in May this year, after more than 40 years in Huddersfield and Kirklees.

They had hoped that a new facility could be built at the Huddersfield YMCA complex at Laund Hill but there is no finance available.

And Kirklees Council - who had earlier refused space for bowlers at the new Huddersfield Leisure Centre - will demolish their new home at Whitcliffe Mount Sports Centre within months.

The bowlers moved to Whitcliffe Mount following the shutdown last year of the Huddersfield Sports Centre.

There had been thousands of bowlers using the rink at the sports centre ever since it first opened.

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“It’s the end after 40 plus years”, said Damien Talbot, secretary of Huddersfield Indoor Bowls Club.

“We had hopes of a new facility but having held meetings with the council, it is clear they cannot give out any money.

“Projects like the one planned for the YMCA complex hinge on match-funding and it is too costly for us to go it alone.

An early glimpse of a possible indoor bowling venue at Laund Hill

“Although we had previous promises from senior council officials, we are now at the point where we feel we have exhausted all avenues.

“Unfortunately we don’t have any rich benefactor waiting in the wings to help us get a new facility.

“We were confident of growing the sport in a new facility and maintaining appropriate running costs, but the issue has always been the facility.

“When Whitcliffe Mount is demolished in May there will be no local venue in which to play; Leeds will be the nearest.

“It si disappointing that well over 600 bowlers will be affected and will need to seek alternatives to help maintain a healthy lifestyle.

“I have spoken to bowlers in their 70s or 80s who used to play each week at the old Huddersfield Sports Centre but now don’t venture out of their homes”.