Co-op’s Wildcard Bowls Comp regional champions revealed

07 September 2016

Co-op Funeralcare’s first leg of finding their Wildcard Bowls Champion kicked off this weekend, as the funeral provider crowned its six regional winners, after a gruelling competition.

Members of local communities across the UK were out in force over the weekend to support locals taking part in Co-op Funeralcare’s Wildcard Bowls regional play-offs.

The competition, which was launched earlier this year to find a wildcard entry into the Scottish International Championships, offered Co-op members and colleagues across the UK the chance to pit their skills against one another in a series of regional play-offs.

Six sets of regional play-offs were held in Stirling, Stanley, Blackpool, Ely, Bristol and London, and the winners were:

  • John Fleming from Stirling
  • Barry Hopkins from Stanley
  • Steve Broome from Blackpool
  • Paul Maynard from Surrey
  • Tom Warner from Bristol
  • Connor Cinato from Ely

They will go on to play one another head-to-head, on 2nd October in Blackpool.

The winner of this final leg will then have the opportunity to play world-class bowlers at the Scottish International Championships in Perth, Scotland, courtesy of Co-op Funeralcare. The winner will play against well-known bowlers including last year’s champion, Greg Harlow, and Nicky Brett, currently ranked first in the world.

Glynis Wilton, Manager for Co-op Funeralcare, commented: “We’ve been sponsoring the bowling community for many years, but this competition is completely unique to anything we’ve done before. The turnout to the regional play-offs was fantastic, and we cannot wait to find out who will make it through to the Championships.”

The competition will help to raise funds for Co-op’s partnership charity, the British Red Cross, in their bid to raise £3.5 million to tackle loneliness and social isolation in communities across the UK.


Notes to Editors:

Please note that there are images available of each of the regional winners, so do get in touch via the following details if you would like to use them:

Caroline Canty: / 0161 767 6477
Emily Dalton: / 0161 767 4323


About Co-op Funeralcare:

Co-op Funeralcare is the UK’s leading funeral director and part of the Co-op Group, the UK’s largest co-op business, whose purpose is “Championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities.” Further information is available at:


About the Co-op:

The Co-op, which is the UK’s largest co-operative business with interests across food, funerals, insurance and legal services, has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by millions of UK consumers, the Co-op operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with more than 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of approximately £11 billion.


About the partnership:

The Co-op and British Red Cross have launched an exciting and innovative partnership to highlight and tackle loneliness and social isolation in communities across the UK.

Loneliness is a massive, increasing but yet under-recognised crisis, adversely impacting the lives of millions in our society - shortening lives and eroding health and wellbeing. The Co-op Group and British Red Cross are working together to create solutions for this seminal problem of our time and so that the voices of people experiencing loneliness are heard - campaigning for change and touching individual lives by providing vital care and support for thousands of people experiencing loneliness, helping them reconnect with their communities.

We are undertaking research that will inform the services funded by the money raised by Co-op colleagues, members and customers and the ways in which we respond through our joint campaign.