We recently published an article about some bingo clubs trying to ditch their ‘blue rinse’ image and attracting younger players. As noted, the public perception of bingo being a pastime for the elderly is probably a bigger barrier than anything else. However, there is one further facet that needs to be considered.
Maybe in some cases the perception is based on an element of ‘truth’, and perhaps some clubs do belong to the realm of the ‘blue rinse brigade’. A recent move by Cosmo Bingo would appear to confirm what many people suspect.
Cosmo Bingo who have clubs in Eccles and Stalybridge are supplying their staff with defibrillators to help them revive heart attack victims! As noted by Keith Lee the Stalybridge manager, “…a lot of our customers are a bit older.” The whole premise behind the move would appear to be that bingo players are from the older portion of the population, and if they hit that jackpot are more likely to suffer a heart attack as a result of the shock or exhilaration.
While we applaud this move, it doesn’t do much good for clubs trying to attract a younger audience. But, as noted, perhaps there are clubs that quite simply do have a lot of older patrons. And, if that is the case then installing defibrillators is a great idea. Staff have been trained on usage of the machines, as well as CPR, and identifying signs of cardiac arrest.
Luckily for staff, the machines are very user friendly, and do most of the job automatically as they have ‘onboard diagnostics’ which will test for irregular beats, and shock automatically, so at least staff won’t have to make ‘life and death’ type decisions. Even so, anyone applying for a job at either of the halls will have a bit of a surprise when it comes to the job description.
On a lighter note, in the article in the Manchester Evening News which originally covered the story there were four comments which we are assuming were from players at the club, and two of those were from the ‘under thirties’, so it’s not all bad news.
Anyway, none of this is very scientific, but, if you could do us a small favour: next time you are playing bingo, take a look around, and make a mental note of the rough ages of the players, and let us know what you saw in your club via our comments box below.