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Disability Bowls Development Workshop

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Disability Bowls Development Workshop
The Disability Bowls Steering Group is offering clubs a 4-hour Disability Bowls Development Workshop that focuses on gaining a better understanding of disability bowls and how it affects all clubs; and learning about ways to attract and integrate disabled bowlers.

The event begins with a 1-hour presentation on how clubs can become more inclusive for disabled bowlers. The presentation will cover: breaking misconceptions about disability bowls; why it is important for a club to be inclusive; what constitutes as a disability in bowls; gaining a better understanding of the club membership when it comes to disability; available support and equipment to help clubs integrate disabled bowlers into their activities; and how to prepare a plan of action towards becoming more inclusive.

The opening presentation will be followed by a Working with Disabled People in Bowls Module – a 2-hour workshop focusing on how to deliver a session to a disabled bowler and what adaptations a coach can/must make to accommodate bowlers with various impairments. The workshop focuses on looking at WHY people with a disability play bowls; WHAT our coaching should look like; WHAT makes an inclusive coach; HOW to adapt and personalise our coaching sessions; HOW to communicate effectively.
The day will be concluded with a 30-minute Q&A session where attendants can ask any questions, share their experiences and examples of best practice with the rest of the group.
The event is suitable both for clubs that have a lot of experience working with disabled bowlers and want to seek new ways to improve further, and also for clubs that are taking their first steps towards becoming more inclusive.
Schedule of the day:
10:00 – 11:00 – Opening Presentation: ‘Becoming a more inclusive club’.
11:00 – 13:30 – ‘Working with Disabled People in Bowls Module’.
13:30 – 14:00 – Q&A session and event round-up.
Book your place by following the instructions here:
The Bowls Development Alliance, Bowls England, Disability Bowls England and the English Indoor Bowling Association, who together form the Bowls Disability Steering Group, are delighted to announce the new launch of the Love Fisher Brown Award.
The 2018 Love Fisher Brown Award, sponsored by Factory Eleven, was created to recognise clubs that provide disabled participation opportunities for their bowlers. This award, named after the remarkable and inspiring Commonwealth Games achievements of Bob Love, David Fisher and Paul Brown, showcases the excellent work being undertaken by clubs with disabled bowlers around the country, and provide a benchmark for other clubs to aspire to.
Peter Gray from Factory Eleven said of the Love Fisher Brown Award: “Factory Eleven are delighted to be sponsoring the Love Fisher Brown Award 2018. To be associated with an award which seeks to identify, recognise and rewards clubs providing participation opportunities for disabled young people and adults sits perfectly alongside our own company values of inclusivity and sport for all. BowlsParc has proven to be a very popular resource for bowls clubs and coaches to date and we hope that this year’s award recipients enjoy using the BowlsParc equipment we are providing, unlocking further opportunities for social, fun and inclusive participation.”

All clubs affiliated to either Bowls England or English Indoor Bowling Association that offer opportunities for disabled bowlers are encouraged to nominate. We welcome applications from all clubs working with disabled people, including: running regular sessions for disabled bowlers; positively affecting a disabled person or group’s physical, social and/or mental well-being through bowls; or successfully integrating a number of disabled people into the club. Nominations can be submitted by anyone within the club (e.g. club member, volunteer, coach or committee member), or outside the club (e.g. disabled participant, carer, friend or relative).
Clubs can be nominated by completing the 2018 Love Fisher Brown nomination form, accessible from Bowls Development Alliance’s website: Nominators can either email the completed form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or complete the paper form and post it to:
Bowls Development Alliance,
Pera Business Park,
Nottingham Rd,
Melton Mowbray
LE13 0PB
The winner of the Love Fisher Brown Award will receive:
• A Winner’s Trophy.
• A Winner’s Framed Certificate.
• A full Bowlsparc set.
• A celebration event with Disability Bowls England.
The two runners-up will each receive:
• A runner-up framed certificate.
• Half a Bowlsparc set.
Entries for the award open on Monday 1st October at 9am and close on Friday 14th December at 5pm. The winner and the two runners-up will be announced on 4th February 2019.
The award guidance notes, nomination form and further information can all be accessed on BDA’s website: For more details on the Love Fisher Brown Award, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07826 929 604.
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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.