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Play Bowls Package Window Deadline Extended

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The BDA are delighted to announce that the Play Bowls Package Application window has been extended until Wednesday 31st October 2018.

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Time to get more women coaching bowls!

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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 and visit our website where our campaign video can be viewed at 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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2018 Summer Package Window Now Open!

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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:

For more details about BDA package funding visit

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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 –

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:

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BCGBA Joining Coach Bowls

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BCGBA is delighted to announce that it is forming a partnership with Coach Bowls, the partnership between the Bowls Development Alliance, Bowls England, English Short Mat Bowling Association and The English Indoor Bowling Association. This partnership will lead to improvements in Coaching Ability and Technique for the Sport of Bowls, lead to a nationally recognised qualification and support from Coach Bowls. Qualifications will be awarded, assessed and verified by Coach Bowls / 1st 4 Sport.

During 2018 Coach Bowls will transition away from Bowls Development Alliance to come under the domain of the National Governing Bodies by April 2019 supporting the four bowls codes to deliver the Coaching Qualification Scheme.

BCGBA existing approved Coaches will be able to Grandfather their awards onto Coach Bowls at Coach Bowls Level 1, providing these coaches become members of Coach Bowls.  This will allow them to be recognised as BCGBA Level 1 accredited coaches for the purposes of Insurance. Any awards given after 1st January 2018 will not be recognised. All coaches are advised that the insurance available through Coach Bowls is the recommended insurance that all coaches in bowls should hold.

Under Coach Bowls courses will be available at:

Coach Activator, Level 1 initially.  Level 2 and 3 will be developed in due course to ensure it is suitable for the code, for those coaches who wish to progress to a higher level. Activator and Level 1 will have generic bowls content in the main, but assessments will reflect the BCGBA rules. Code specific courses will be arranged in time or attendance at mixed bowls codes courses will also be possible. A range of CPD Modules will be available in due course.

Further information will be available soon.