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Short mat bowling is a smaller version of indoor bowls and is largely a community activity enjoyed by older people, men, women and kids. The bowls are less heavy and smaller than indoor bowls and the distance to bowl is far less. This makes it a skill-based game rather than strength and can be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill including disabled users. As indoor carpet bowls is a scaled down kind of indoor bowls, it is simpler to play in places where space is more limited. Indoor carpet bowls is portable too and the mats can be rolled up and stowed away when finished.
There were 1000 indoor carpet bowls clubs when the century ended and the sport is especially popular in the North of England, the Midlands and Norfolk. It is played competitively at local and national level and is linked to the English Carpet Bowls Association.
It is not an expensive game to play because people play with the same size and mass of bowls which are all 4 inches in diameter. As all the bowls are of similar size, you don't have to own your own set when you begin, and instead can use the bowls ready at your local club. Indoor carpet bowls are made by top manufacturers such as Taylor, Drakes Pride and Henselite.