|CLUBS – Overview
MEMBERSHIP – Any Short Mat club located within or close to the boundaries of the county of North Yorkshire can join the NYSMBA. Each pays £10pa plus £6.00pa for each of their members. This includes affiliation fees to both the National Association (ESMBA) and the Northern England Association (NESMBA).
DEMOGRAPHIC – In 2019/20 we had 39 clubs registering a total of 819 players of which 18 belonged to 2 clubs.
60% were Male and 40% Female. 76% were aged 65+ and only 7% under 55.
In 2020/21 due to the severe playing restrictions imposed on clubs by the government and ESMBA due to the Covid-19 pandemic membership was greatly reduced. Although the majority of our clubs achieved their “Safe Bowls” license, most of the others chose to register only the minimum number of players. The total membership was thus initially reduced to 420. Two of our member clubs also decided not to renew their club membership leaving us with just 37. In November, it was agreed to allow the Cumbrian club of Irthing Valley to join increasing membership to 38 clubs.
HISTORY – Starting with just 6 clubs and 161 members in 1991 membership steadily grew over the next 15 years to peak at 48 clubs with over 1000 members in 2006. Since then, in common with most other counties, membership has contracted as can be seen from the table below which shows the progression of membership since our foundation.
||TOTAL CLUBS||TOTAL MEMBERS||CLUBS LEAVING|
|Slingsby Ampleforth (St. Cuthberts) Easingwold Helmsley
Thornton Le Dale Welburn
|Kirbymisperton Kirkbymoorside Scarborough||1992/93||9||270|
|Coxwold Flixton Gristhorpe Stillington Great Ouseburn Tollerton
Thornton Le Clay
|Bilsdale Darley & District Knareborough Marton Raskelf
Selby & District
|Bubwith Carlton Darley Boroughbridge East Cottingwith Eggborough Escrick Melbourne
Riccall Sutton on Derwent
Tate & Lyle (SWMC)
|1997/98||34||794|| Darley & District
Selby & District
|Barn Dacre & Hartwith||1998/99||36||821|
|Cyphers Pateley Bridge Sawley Strensall||1999/00||40||912|
|Bolton Abbey||2000/01||40||910||Dacre & Hartwith|
|Cayton||2001/02||40||969||Thornton Le Clay|
|Burton Leonard Wilberfoss||2002/03||42||955|
|Guisborough Crossgates Yedingham||2004/05||44||984||Cyphers|
|Branton Campsall Kirklevington||2005/06||47||1025|
|Seaton Ross||2007/08||47||969||Bolton Abbey Guisborough|
|2008/09||45||914||Pateley Bridge Strensall|
|Church Fenton||2010/11||45||899||Burton Leonard Campsall|
|Selby IBC||2015/16||43||867||Barn Flixton|
|North Bay Witherslack Wolds
||38||420||North Bay Tollerton|