The Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) is delighted to have secured a further four years of funding from Sport England that will help to both sustain and grow the sport of bowls through to March 2021. The good news is that this funding will allow the BDA to provide direct support to bowls clubs by engaging with them through the new Club Development Programme.
This invite only programme has been created to directly support those clubs who have found it hard to retain their current membership levels as well as recruit new members. The BDA is working closely with Bowls England and the English Indoor Bowling Association to identify those clubs which are in most need of the programme.
The following criteria has been created to help the three organisations identify these clubs:
- Each Club must be affiliated to either Bowls England or the English Indoor Bowling Association
- They must not reside in a 2016 BDA Hotspot area
- Each club must have the capacity for membership growth
- Significant membership percentage decline or gross membership loss
Clubs who accept the offer to take part in the programme will meet with a BDA Development officer and in partnership a club development plan will be created. Each club will work to complete the actions within this development plan across an agreed time frame. The club will be supported throughout by the BDA and they will also receive £500 to support actions within their development plan.
The programme is being delivered across the next four years and we will continue to review the process and more clubs will be invited to take part as we move forward.