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Coach Bowls Conference

We are delighted to announce that on Thursday 22nd March 2018 Coach Bowls will be hosting the first ever coaching conference for bowls coaches.

The event will take place at the Woodland Grange Hotel in Royal Leamington Spa and will run from 11am (10.30am registration) to 5pm (to include a 3 course lunch and refreshments all day).

The event aims to be inspiring and thought provoking as well as providing coaches with the opportunity to take away ideas that they can use in their own coaching plans.

More than 600 coaches recently replied to a survey asking for their thoughts and ideas and we are incorporating many of these in the day. It will include ideas on working with children and young people and looking into how the psychology of sport can improve performance.

The new Coach Bowls National Coaching Awards will also be launched and awarded at this event

Places are limited so early booking is advised

The price of the conference is:

  • £45 for non-Coach Bowls Members
  • £30 for Coach Bowls Members.
  • Early Bird offer - book your place by the 31st October 2017 and Coach Bowls members can save a further £5!

You can book online by clicking here

We are finalising the details of the key note speakers for the event and more details will be released in due course.

A new initiative that aims to help bowls clubs across England to develop, better sustain their current membership numbers and recruit new members in the sport has been launched.

The Club Development Programme has been created by the Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) as part of its four-year Delivery Plan funded by Sport England.

Every club that signs up to the programme will receive direct support from the BDA to create a Club Development Plan that will help the club not only to provide the best experience for its present members but support new recruitment initiatives to increase their current membership.

Susan Cooper, BDA Development Director, said: “The BDA was delighted to secure a further four years of funding from Sport England that will help to both sustain and grow the sport of bowls through to the 31st March 2021.

 The Club Development Programme forms a key part of our overall Delivery Plan for this period. It is an invite only programme that has been created to directly support those clubs who are most in need of external support and have found it especially hard to maintain their membership levels and to recruit new members. We will continue to review the programme and more clubs will be invited to take part as we move forward.”

The BDA is working closely with Bowls England and the English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd to identify those clubs for whom participation in the programme will be of greatest benefit.

Tony Allcock MBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted that our clubs will benefit from this initiative. I am sure those clubs who do sign up to the programme will benefit from the specialist advice and support that will be available. We would encourage any clubs who are invited in future to take up this opportunity.”

Peter Thompson, EIBA Ltd Chief Executive, added: “The English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd is pleased that there is funding and support available to our Clubs who are wanting to maintain and ultimately increase their membership. The opportunity to utilise the services and experience of dedicated development staff is a huge boost for the growth of the sport.”

Clubs that have been selected to participate in Phase One of the programme are:

  • Bilton Bowls Club (Warwickshire)
  • Consett Park Bowls Club (Durham)
  • Darlington and District Indoor Bowls Club (Durham)
  • Entaco Bowls Club (Warwickshire)
  • Horsham and District Indoor Bowls Club (Sussex)
  • New Earswick and District Indoor Bowls Club (Yorkshire)
  • Oxford University Press Bowls Club (Oxfordshire)
  • Painswick Bowls Club (Gloucestershire)
  • Riverside Indoor Bowls Club (Hampshire)
  • Uxbridge Bowls Club (Middlesex)

Clubs for Phase One were identified using the following criteria:

  • Clubs must be affiliated to either Bowls England or the English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd
  • Clubs must not reside in a 2016 BDA Hotspot area
  • Clubs must have the capacity for membership growth
  • Clubs must have had significant membership percentage decline or gross membership loss over recent years

Clubs who take part in the programme will meet with a BDA Club Development Officer and agree as a partnership a Club Development Plan that will focus on the needs of the club. They will work to complete the actions within the Development Plan across an agreed time frame. Clubs will be supported throughout by the BDA and they will receive £500 to support actions identified within their Development Plan.

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Disability Kitemark

The Disability Kitemark has been developed to recognise and reward those affiliated bowls clubs who are fully inclusive and welcoming to those people who wish to bowl who have a form of disability.

There are a number of clubs who already strive to be as inclusive as possible and embed themselves within their local community and this kitemark represents a way to recognise clubs who are already doing this.

One such club is Bristol Indoor Bowls Club who kindly piloted the kitemark for us. The club were taken through the process and were successfully awarded the kitemark in April 2017

 

If your club would like to be considered for the kitemark please take a look through the attached document which takes you through the criteria. If you think your club might satisfy the criteria and would like to be considered then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on the next steps.

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Summer Package Window Now Open!

The Bowls Development Alliance [BDA] are delighted to announce that the 2017 Summer Play Bowls package application window has now opened. The window will remain open until 5pm, Thursday 31st August 2017.

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

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Club Development Programme

A new initiative that aims to help bowls clubs across England to develop, better sustain their current membership numbers and recruit new members in the sport has been launched.

The Club Development Programme has been created by the Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) as part of its four-year Delivery Plan funded by Sport England.

Every club that signs up to the programme will receive direct support from the BDA to create a Club Development Plan that will help the club not only to provide the best experience for its present members but support new recruitment initiatives to increase their current membership.

Susan Cooper, BDA Development Director, said: “The BDA was delighted to secure a further four years of funding from Sport England that will help to both sustain and grow the sport of bowls through to the 31st March 2021.

 The Club Development Programme forms a key part of our overall Delivery Plan for this period. It is an invite only programme that has been created to directly support those clubs who are most in need of external support and have found it especially hard to maintain their membership levels and to recruit new members. We will continue to review the programme and more clubs will be invited to take part as we move forward.”

The BDA is working closely with Bowls England and the English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd to identify those clubs for whom participation in the programme will be of greatest benefit.

Tony Allcock MBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted that our clubs will benefit from this initiative. I am sure those clubs who do sign up to the programme will benefit from the specialist advice and support that will be available. We would encourage any clubs who are invited in future to take up this opportunity.”

Peter Thompson, EIBA Ltd Chief Executive, added: “The English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd is pleased that there is funding and support available to our Clubs who are wanting to maintain and ultimately increase their membership. The opportunity to utilise the services and experience of dedicated development staff is a huge boost for the growth of the sport.”

Clubs that have been selected to participate in Phase One of the programme are:

  • Bilton Bowls Club (Warwickshire)
  • Consett Park Bowls Club (Durham)
  • Darlington and District Indoor Bowls Club (Durham)
  • Entaco Bowls Club (Warwickshire)
  • Horsham and District Indoor Bowls Club (Sussex)
  • New Earswick and District Indoor Bowls Club (Yorkshire)
  • Oxford University Press Bowls Club (Oxfordshire)
  • Painswick Bowls Club (Gloucestershire)
  • Riverside Indoor Bowls Club (Hampshire)
  • Uxbridge Bowls Club (Middlesex)

Clubs for Phase One were identified using the following criteria:

  • Clubs must be affiliated to either Bowls England or the English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd
  • Clubs must not reside in a 2016 BDA Hotspot area
  • Clubs must have the capacity for membership growth
  • Clubs must have had significant membership percentage decline or gross membership loss over recent years

Clubs who take part in the programme will meet with a BDA Club Development Officer and agree as a partnership a Club Development Plan that will focus on the needs of the club. They will work to complete the actions within the Development Plan across an agreed time frame. Clubs will be supported throughout by the BDA and they will receive £500 to support actions identified within their Development Plan.

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Macmillan - 'Charity of the Year 2017/18'

We are delighted to announce Macmillan Cancer Support as our ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2017/18. We are kicking off our partnership with a fundraising week from the 22nd May – 29th May and we are encouraging all Bowls Clubs to join in to help us raise awareness and vital funds for people living with cancer.

The Bowls Development Alliance and Bowls Clubs across England will be taking part in the effort to raise £25,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. We are hoping that as many clubs as possible will get involved during this time to host localised fundraising events on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support that will contribute to our target.

Jo-Anne Wilson from Macmillan said: ‘We are delighted to have been chosen as the Bowls Development Alliance’s first charity partner.’

‘At Macmillan, we know cancer can affect everything. Your body, your relationships, your money, everything. But Macmillan is here to help people live life, no matter what. We give them the support they need to hold on to who they are and what’s important.’

‘We would like to thank BDA for choosing us and we are looking forward to working with them on the fundraising week and throughout the year. We are excited to have them joining the Macmillan Team and wishing them the very best of luck.’

Susan Cooper, Development Director for the Bowls Development Alliance said “The BDA are delighted to be working with Macmillan Cancer Support on this initiative, the funds raised will make such a difference to those living with the effects of cancer and I know the bowlers and bowls clubs across the country will get together to generate as many donations as possible”

The money raised from our partnership will be used to fund Macmillan’s vital cancer services including specialist nurses working throughout the NHS, a nurse-run support line and grants for cancer patients with money problems. 

To launch the partnership, the BDA are hosting a Macmillan week from 22nd May to the 29th May and are encouraging as many clubs as possible to host a charity “spider”, with the proceeds going to Macmillan. There is also a prize draw for the club who sends the best photo of the spider in progress, judged by a panel consisting of Peter Gray of Factory 11 who manufacture the BowlsParc equipment which is being offered as first prize in the draw, Susan Cooper BDA development director and Jo Anne Wilson from Macmillan.

To enter the prize draw, send your photos and how much money your spider raised to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tweet @BowlsDA or post to the Bowls Development Alliance Facebook page. Of course, you can always submit hard copies to our Head Office in Melton Mowbray by post, the address of which is available via www.playbowls.org

We are delighted to announce Macmillan Cancer Support as our ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2017/18. We are kicking off our partnership with a fundraising week from the 22nd May – 29th May and we are encouraging all Bowls Clubs to join in to help us raise awareness and vital funds for people living with cancer.

The Bowls Development Alliance and Bowls Clubs across England will be taking part in the effort to raise £25,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. We are hoping that as many clubs as possible will get involved during this time to host localised fundraising events on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support that will contribute to our target.

Jo-Anne Wilson from Macmillan said: ‘We are delighted to have been chosen as the Bowls Development Alliance’s first charity partner.’

‘At Macmillan, we know cancer can affect everything. Your body, your relationships, your money, everything. But Macmillan is here to help people live life, no matter what. We give them the support they need to hold on to who they are and what’s important.’

‘We would like to thank BDA for choosing us and we are looking forward to working with them on the fundraising week and throughout the year. We are excited to have them joining the Macmillan Team and wishing them the very best of luck.’

Susan Cooper, Development Director for the Bowls Development Alliance said “The BDA are delighted to be working with Macmillan Cancer Support on this initiative, the funds raised will make such a difference to those living with the effects of cancer and I know the bowlers and bowls clubs across the country will get together to generate as many donations as possible”

The money raised from our partnership will be used to fund Macmillan’s vital cancer services including specialist nurses working throughout the NHS, a nurse-run support line and grants for cancer patients with money problems. 

To launch the partnership, the BDA are hosting a Macmillan week from 22nd May to the 29th May and are encouraging as many clubs as possible to host a charity “spider”, with the proceeds going to Macmillan. There is also a prize draw for the club who sends the best photo of the spider in progress, judged by a panel consisting of Peter Gray of Factory 11 who manufacture the BowlsParc equipment which is being offered as first prize in the draw, Susan Cooper BDA development director and Jo Anne Wilson from Macmillan.

To enter the prize draw, send your photos and how much money your spider raised to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tweet @BowlsDA or post to the Bowls Development Alliance Facebook page. Of course, you can always submit hard copies to our Head Office in Melton Mowbray by post, the address of which is available via www.playbowls.org

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Staff Contacts

 

Susan Cooper

Susan Cooper - Development Director

Susan as Development Director is responsible for the strategic development of the Bowls Development Alliance(BDA) and ensuring that targets outlined  in the Play Bowls Strategy 2017-2021 document are met. She also has responsibility for securing continued funding from Sport England(SE) and other partners and ensuring targets agreed with them are also met. She is responsible for the six team members and reports directly to the BDA Board of Directors. Susan also has overall responsibility for the Budget, Governance, Coach Bowls and Safeguarding.

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Mobile: 07884 358202

Paul Humphreys

Paul Humphreys - Insight & Development Manager

Paul leads on the collection of all data that will help provide insight for the development of the sport including the collection of membership information. He also has responsibility for the development of a new key performance indicator (KPI) system that will form the basis of reporting both reach and influence targets for our key partner Sport England. Paul line manages the Club Development Manager to ensure that both he and his team are effectively delivering the outcomes which are expected. He also provides support to the Development Director.

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Mobile: 07557 819569

Chris Parkin

Chris Parkin - Finance & Governance Manager

Chris is responsible for all the finance and governance processes associated with a funding award, alongside the administration of all working aspects of the organisation. He is responsible for the budget and the quarterly reporting to Sport England which is crucial for funding to be released to the BDA. He works closely with the Development Director and provides support to the Insight & Development Manager and Coaching Manager as well as other team members. He line manages the Administration Officer and oversees the running of the office.

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Office: 01664 777001

Amanda Scriven-Purcell

Amanda Scriven-Purcell - Coaching Manager

Amanda is responsible for the development of the Coach Bowls coaching structure across the sport of bowls. This includes responsibility for the development and maintenance of the qualifications and modules along with the Coach Education workforce. She leads the Coaching Advisory group (made up of Tutors) along with the County Coaching Co-ordinators group (volunteers). She works closely alongside the Finance & Governance Manager to ensure the smooth delivery of all courses and modules.

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Mobile: 07879 631916

Jon Hart

Jon Hart - Club Development Manager

Jon’s role is to lead on the Club Development Programme and to ensure that targets outlined in the Play Bowls Strategy 2017-2021 are met. He also has the responsibility of leading, supporting and developing two Club Development Officers and ensuring they are delivering the programme effectively. Jon also oversees the Love Fisher Brown award which recognises the excellent work of clubs providing opportunities for those with a disability.

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Mobile: 07795 555907

Anna Coulson

Anna Coulson - Club Development Officer

Anna lives in Leeds and covers the midlands and north of the country. Her role is to work directly with identified bowls clubs to support them in their development. The aim is to ensure that all the clubs involved in the programme receive the help they need to grow new members, retain their members and in so doing reinforce a physical activity habit for life.

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mobile: 07826 929558

 

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Professional Bowls Performance Coaching

We have had a number of queries regarding the establishment of a new coaching organisation offering services to bowlers.

Coach Bowls would like to clarify that ‘Professional Bowls Performance Coaching’ is not an associated body of Coach Bowls, Bowls England or English Indoor Bowling Association. It is not run by Coach Bowls Qualified coaches and is not endorsed by the organisations and has not approached Coach Bowls in any official capacity.

There is no conflict of interest at the present time between the organisation and Coach Bowls, as Coach Bowls currently does not offer direct coaching to players. Coach Bowls offers training to coaches who may also be in a position to offer appropriate coaching to performance bowlers.

The Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) has been awarded £1,628,512 from the Sport England investment strand that aims not only to bring new people into the sport but to ensure that the club environment is such that members develop an activity habit that continues well into later life.

 

The BDA is the umbrella organisation for flat green bowls and it works in partnership with Bowls England and the English Indoor Bowling Association to both grow the sport and provide opportunities for people to keep active by playing bowls and in so doing maintain an active lifestyle. The sport provides both a social and competitive environment in which to play and is accessible for everyone.

 

Funding will be used to support over 200 bowls clubs over the next four years to ensure clubs can be the very best they can be. Clubs will be encouraged to identify those areas where they believe they can improve to help provide the very best environment where people want to spend their leisure time.

 

In order to continue to bring new people into the sport of bowls, funding will also be used to help clubs recruit new members through the updated Play Bowls Package Scheme. The first window for applications opens on the 1st February (details to be found on www.playbowls.org)

 

Susan Cooper, the Development Director for the BDA is delighted with the award:

 

 “This funding will allow the team to build on the work of the past four years and directly support clubs for the first time. It also reflects on the excellent work since 2013 with more than 12,000 new people taking up bowls not including the 3,000 more people 16 and over with a disability who have taken up the sport over this period of time”

 

Further information on all new initiatives will become available over the next few months and can be viewed on www.playbowls.org or by calling the team on 01664 777001

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