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Fun at a club open day

What is the “Play Bowls Package”

The Play Bowls Package has been designed based on the successes of the 2013-2017 Package Scheme which saw nearly 9,000 new people take up club memberships. The scheme aims to provide clubs with the necessary financial and non-financial support to continue to grow and sustain the number of people playing bowls within their facilities.

£250 is available for affiliated Bowls England and English Indoor Bowls Association (EIBA Ltd) to deliver a Play Bowls Day (Open Day) followed by 4 x Play Bowls 4 Fun session, which an informal, relaxed, coaching session with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment!

Once all the events are finished and the completed Play Bowls Package Attendance Monitoring Forms are returned to the BDA Office, (forms supplied along with guidance notes) and providing the club has attracted at least 7 new members aged 55 and over or aged 16 and over with a disability, a cheque for £250 will be sent out to the club. (If less the 7 members are retuned the amount is pro-rotated down accordingly)

How can my club apply?

Clubs can apply for one package per year during a package application window and is open to all affiliated Bowls England and English Indoor Bowls Association (EIBA Ltd) clubs that have a Coach Bowls registered or Coach Bowls Qualified coach.

The application window is now open and will close at 5pm on Friday 30th March 2018. It should be also noted that we don't consider applications for retrospective funding or applications received and/or dated outside of the window period.

The next window will open on Monday 2nd July 2018 and close at 5pm on Friday 31st August 2018.

It should be noted that old application forms will not be accepted. New application forms for the 2017-2021 Play Bowls Package can be downloaded from the Download Attachments section below along with the Terms and Conditions.

All applications for funding should be made via these forms or via the online application form (click here to apply online).

Please note, applications will only be accepted using the new form which will also provide additional information in relation to the package and associated terms and conditions.

What happens after I’ve submitted the application form?

You application will be reviewed by a member of the BDA office team. Providing the application meets the necessary criteria (all the membership data completed, dates for events supplied, current Coach Bowls registered coach and the club is currently affiliated) the package should be approved. 

Once the package has been reviewed and approved, the person applying for the club on behalf of the club will receive a pack which contains poster templates for promoting events, guidance notes for running events, Play Bowls 4 Fun session notes and the monitoring forms which need to be completed and returned to us to unlock payment!


If you have further questions, please give Chris or Kara a call in the office on 01664 777001 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.







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