A Barry bowls club has been sponsored by a national opticians.

The Romilly Bowling Club securing a £500 donation from Specsavers, an opticians and audiologists, has sparked enthusiasm for the upcoming 2024 sporting season.

The Specsavers teams in Barry and in Cardiff are supporting the club for the fifth consecutive year, continuing a tradition of community involvement.

The club is a key fixture in the community, despite getting no funding from local authorities.

It has effectively managed its finances, even covering high maintenance costs for the bowling green.

Jamie Pullen, retail director at Specsavers Barry, expressed satisfaction with the ongoing partnership.

Mr Pullen said: "We are delighted to continue our support for Barry Romilly Bowling Club.

"The club plays a vital role in fostering community spirit, which aligns perfectly with us as a locally-owned business.

"The joint sponsorship between us and the Cardiff audiology team is not just a financial contribution but a celebration of our shared values of promoting health and community well-being."

The club's gratitude for the help from Specsavers was echoed by Paul James of Romilly Bowling Club.

Mr James said: "The members of Barry Romilly Bowling Club are deeply grateful to the teams at Barry and Cardiff Specsavers for their continued support.

"Without financial assistance from the local council, we rely heavily on local businesses."

Mr James also detailed how the club, with about 90 members, primarily retirees, promotes physical and mental health through exercise and social interaction.

Furthermore, it also serves as a community hub hosting groups such as yoga, reiki, and crochet clubs.

The optician firm's commitment to the community extends beyond the bowling club, though.

Specsavers also provides a home visits service for those unable to leave their homes unaccompanied due to disability or illness, making eye health accessible to all.