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Club Development Programme Phase 3

The Programme:

All Bowls England and EIBA affiliated clubs are being invited to apply to be part of Phase 3 of the Club Development Programme. The programme has been operating since April 2017 and has already seen 30 clubs working alongside BDA Club Development Officers to identify areas for improvement and the actions that are subsequently required. To date, areas such as coach development, volunteer recruitment, attracting new members, marketing and website development have all featured as priority areas for development. If you think that your club would benefit from being involved in the Club Development Programme, then please find the criteria for application below:

The Criteria:

To be eligible to apply for Phase 3 of the programme clubs must meet the following criteria.

  • Clubs must be affiliated to either Bowls England or the English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd
  • Clubs must be willing to be proactive and take on tasks set out in a Development Plan
  • Clubs must have seen a decline of 10% or more of their net membership from 2015 to 2017
  • Clubs must have a demonstrable capacity for membership growth
  • Please be aware the hotspot restrictions from phase 1 & 2 have now been lifted and clubs from all counties can now apply.
  • We expect to receive a high number of applications and clubs will be shortlisted for Phase 3 based on membership loss, capacity for growth and the supporting statements. If your club is not selected for phase 3 but meets the criteria outlined above and has provided sufficient evidence of why the club needs the support of the programme, you will be informed and placed onto the shortlist for Phase 4 of the programme. For those who do not meet the criteria, please be aware that the Play Bowls Package (please click this link for more infomation) is available to all affiliated clubs via the twice yearly application windows.

The application window will close on Wednesday 31st January 2018 at 5pm with successful clubs being contacted the week beginning Monday 5th February 2018. You can apply online by clicking this link or downloading the application from the Download attachments section below.

The Process:

After all applications have been reviewed, successful clubs will meet with a BDA Club Development Officer. The club in partnership with their BDA Club Development Officer will work together to create a Club Development Plan. The tasks set out within the plan will then be actioned by the club committee and volunteers with the support of their BDA Club Development Officer.

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