The aim of the “Women Can” National campaign is to encourage more women to play bowls, coach bowls and volunteer in bowls
Four focused consultations have recently been held with groups of women bowlers and women non -bowlers to discuss the barriers around women joining bowls clubs, taking up coaching and putting themselves forward for committee roles.
The evidence shows that many women would love to become a Level 1 qualified coach but factors such as lack of confidence, feeling they will be out of their depth on a mixed course and not feeling comfortable with a male tutor are all barriers that stop them making that first step.
Our aim is to dispense some of these barriers and offer women the chance to attend a course which is tailored to their needs.
We have set aside a week where we will run four courses across the country with the aim being to encourage as many women onto these courses as possible.
These courses will be promoted nationally as well as at the Bowls England National Championships in August.
For more information on the coaching courses below please visit www.coachbowls.org and visit our website where our campaign video can be viewed at www.playbowls.org/womencan which showcases the many different things that bowls can offer women.
Women Can - Coach Bowls Level 1 courses
9th October and 12th November
Charnwood IBC, Leicestershire
10th October and 13th November
Oxford & District IBC
11th October and 15th November
Exonia BC, Devon
14th October and 18th November
Newton Hall BC, Blackpool
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The Bowls Development Alliance [BDA] are delighted to announce that the 2018 Summer Play Bowls package application window has now opened. The window will remain open until 5pm, Friday 31st August 2018.
In addition to postal applications, clubs can also apply online using the following link: http://playbowls.org/clubs/online-play-bowls-package-application-form
For more details about BDA package funding visit http://playbowls.org/clubs/play-bowls-package-funding
The Bowls Development Alliance have today updated the following documents following the implementation of the new GDPR regulations today, Friday 25th May 2018.
Coach Bowls Members Privacy Notice – coachbowls.org/downloads/CoachBowlsPrivacyNotice.pdf
All of sites now included a general Privacy & Cookies Policy which can be found at the bottom of each site.
Any club looking for information on how to ensure they are GDPR compliant should contact their relevant National Governing Body.
The Sport & Recreation in conjunction with Sport England have published a lot of free templates and guides for clubs which can be found here: https://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/pages/gdpr-clubs
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Version Date: 25th May 2018
Time to get more women playing, coaching and volunteering in bowls!
The Bowls Development Alliance (BDA), are delighted to offer the following offical WOMEN CAN products now available to purchase:
Women Can Jute Bag
Women Can Polo Shirt
100% Cotton White Polo Shirt with the Women Can Logo on the Left Hand Breast. Machine Washable at 30deg. Sizes S - XL
Price £5.50 each including postage
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PA WALKER, 41 FROM LEICESTERSHIRE
It was approximately 10 years ago when I went down to my local Bowls Club with my husband, John who was meeting a friend to have a roll up. Unfortunately, the friend wasn’t able to make it, so I reluctantly agreed to give it a try and have a practice with John. In truth, having played badminton and volleyball in my native country of Thailand, playing sport has always appealed to me and having watched John play, I had been interested in what it was all about. According to John, it was immediately obvious that the hours I had spent watching had not been waisted!
People at the club said that I was a ‘natural’ and it wasn’t long before the ladies in the club approached me to start to play properly. It was Di Hurst and Jan Everitt, two of the clubs committee members who took me under their wings and encouraged me to join them playing in competitive games. We started to win county competitions, we qualified through to the national championships, and one year, we won the National Fours! Our success at the nationals attracted interest, and I was over the moon when the England selectors asked me to go to an England trial. In Glasgow in 2013, my dream came true, I played in the British Isles Fours Championships with my club mates and also got my first international for England playing lead in a rink against Jersey.
My experience at international level was cut short, as following some time spent back in Thailand, for family reasons, we decided to move back there for a while. When back in my native country, bowls took a bit of a side step as there are very few greens around where my family is from, with the nearest being in Bangkok, some 4 hours away. However, when we moved back to the UK recently, bowling, again became my number one recreation. I re-joined my original club, Birstall Ladies, who had made me a life member for both my achievements and contributions to the club and who I feel, is my second family. I feel very much at home there and I get heavily involved in club activities, both on and off the green. In the past, I have performed various duties on the committee i.e. league captain and selector and I also do a lot of catering at the club, including Thai food nights which seem to go down well! This year, I intend to play as many competitive games as possible and hopefully do well. It is very much my ambition to represent England again and give back something to the sport that has given me so much.
I think bowls has a lot to offer women. As well as providing competitive opportunities, more importantly it is an extended family that you can belong to and feel part of whether you are in your native home or adopted country.
SUE ALEXANDER, 63 FROM CAMBS/SUFFOLK
I have always played sport from the age of 11, playing hockey and tennis for Spalding High School until leaving. On leaving school, I then started to play Table Tennis in local leagues which I did for several years before I discovered Badminton which then became my sport. I played for several years for the Ely Badminton club.
I stumbled into bowls a bit by accident. My husband John, who had also played Table Tennis, was struggling to play at a standard that he enjoyed thanks to his knees. He was trying to decide between golf and bowls when our next-door neighbour, Ian, said that he was a member of the local village club and to go down with him to give it a go. He did and was hooked! When he first started, every now and then I would go down to watch and take our children with me and on one occasion, I was asked to play in a competition as they were one short. The long and short of it, was, I played, enjoyed it and started bowling the following season. This was thirty years ago now!
Bowls really has been a focal part of our family life for the last 25 years. Not long after I started, both my daughters decided to try the game. Ellen carried on, whilst Sara decided it wasn’t for her. Both my parents then began playing before they retired and bowls then became a big part of their retirement, keeping them busy, fit and active. One of the things that I love most about bowls is that I have been able to play with both my mother and daughter. The icing on the cake being winning both national and British Isles titles.
As well as enjoying the competitive side of the game, I enjoy the social side too. Through bowls, I have met and made friends with people from lots of other clubs, counties and countries. That’s the great thing about bowls, it has no boundaries and brings people together from different places and backgrounds.
Alongside playing, I have always been active in the administration of the sport, holding roles within both club and county including Secretary, Chairperson and President. I have also sat on national committees too. As well as being an active administrator, I have also recently ventured into coaching as I felt it was time to give something back to the sport to enable others to participate and enjoy the sport I love.
Bowls can give women independence, confidence and improves their social life by allowing them to meet others in a relaxed and social environment. It is something that women can do independently, with their friends, partner, children or grandchildren; it is something all generations of the family can do together which I think is both unique and special.
PEGGY COLE, 86 FROM CAMBRIDGESHIRE
Sport didn’t really interest me as a younger person. There was always too many other things to do, so it really didn’t feature in my life until later on. The only thing that I did do was cycle and walk my dog. Both of which got me out in the fresh air and kept me reasonably fit. The cycling, in part, was out of necessity, as we didn’t all have cars back in the day, let alone two per family!
I took early retirement at the age of 57 due to my husband’s sight failing so that I could be at home to support and care for him. It was important to both of us that being an active man all of his life, that he was still able to get out and about, do things and meet and engage with people.
I was looking for things that he could do when someone in the village mentioned that there was an indoor bowls club around 5 miles away from where we lived, who ran a weekly session for blind bowlers. So, we went along and he loved it. It gave him confidence, helped him come to terms with his sight loss and introduced us to a whole new group of people. He enjoyed the competitiveness of it, both against others and testing himself, and for me, it was about the social side, getting to meet and talk to other partners who were doing the same as me, trying to support their other half with their disability. From indoor bowling, he then tried outdoors, which he took to well, which meant that bowls was something that we could do all year round together.
It actually wasn’t until he passed away that I began playing myself. I was 60 at the time, and I’m now 86! Over the past 25 years, bowls has been there for me, through both good and bad times. I battled cancer and bowls was without doubt, an important part of my recovery. Initially, when I wasn’t well enough to go out, friends from the bowls club would come around to see me, which gave me comfort and company. And then when I started to feel better, the bowls club was the place where I would go to get out of the house. Even though I wasn’t well enough to play at that point, there were always games to watch or people to talk to, so it gave me much needed lifeline.
I play bowls because I love it! The social side is really important to me as it means that I am in company instead of being at home by myself. I also like to play competitive team games. I hope to continue playing as long as possible but even when I can’t, the bowls club is still somewhere I can go and feel like I belong.
I think bowls can offer women many things. When you are older it makes sure you get some exercise, meet people and keeps you feeling young at heart.