Xcel Bowl started 2015 with a bang as it came runner up in the Innovative Fundraising category at the Third Sector awards in January. BBC sports presenter Jason Mohammad presented the award at the ceremony in Cardiff.
Throughout the year the alley has helped many local and national organisations through events and fundraising. In February we hosted a 24 hour bowlathon raising over £3000 for Ty Bryngwyn Hospice in Llanelli. In August, Xcel Cafe provided over 40 pack lunches to families of Ty Hapus Family Centre on their Summer trip to Legoland. Staff and customers also helped to raise £300 by taking part in a coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer in September.
Over the summer period, Xcel supported various community events,taking along our portable bowling alley for people to play on, events such as Carmarthen Big Lunch, On your Doorstep in Llanelli, Llangunnor school fete, Kidwelly carnival & Ty Hapus Fun Day plus many other local school and village events.
In June, Xcel achieved a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor awarded due to the high number of positive customer reviews the alley has received since opening in 2013.
The alley has seen an increased number of local groups using the venue and facilities throughout 2015. Groups such as Probus, Young Farmers, Llandysul Paddlers, Llandysul Good Companions and a local group for working mums called Bizmums was formed by mums who used the soft play area on a regular basis – they now meet every Wednesday. The Women in Rural Enterprise (WIRE) also hold their monthly meetings at Xcel where they enjoy a seminar plus a two course meal.
In October, Xcel were proud to sponsor the ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’ category at Radio Carmarthenshire’s Young Achiever Awards. It was a fantastic event to be involved with recognising some amazing young people across the county. The year ended on a high as Xcel Bowl received a Gold Award for Community Tourism by Carmarthenshire Tourism Association at the ceremony in November. The icing on the Christmas cake some might say!