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Bowls England Chair David Mitchell-Gears MBE has shown his support to Coach Bowls by qualifying as a Level 1 Coach.

Mr Mitchell-Gears attended the two-day course at Clacton-on-Sea and received notice of his successful qualification this week.

Coach Bowls is the only nationally recognised coaching qualification for the sport of bowls in England.

Qualifications are delivered in partnership with 1st 4 Sport, as the awarding body, and all successful candidates receive an externally accredited qualification that is regulated by Ofqual (the Government body for the award of national qualifications).

Coach Bowls qualifications are wholly recommended by Bowls England and the English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd.

Upon completing his course, Mr Mitchell-Gears said: “I am delighted to have qualified as a Level 1 coach under the Coach Bowls scheme and I would strongly recommend that as many of our affiliated members as possible consider enrolling on the Coach Bowls courses.”

Upcoming Coach Bowls courses can be viewed at where an online booking facility is available.

Any individual affiliated member of Bowls England may apply for financial assistance for up to 50 per cent of the cost of the course.

To download a Coaching Bursary application form, or for more information, visit

Administrator - Competitions

Salary: £19,000-£20,000 per annum (subject to experience)

Bowls England, the National Governing Body for Outdoor Flat Green Bowls, is seeking an Administrator to be based in its headquarters in Royal Leamington Spa. Due to the nature of the post a working knowledge of the sport of bowls is essential.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the smooth-running of all National Competitions organised by Bowls England and will be required to manage relevant software, databases and support internal IT processes, including the production of content for the Bowls England website, publications and social media platforms.

Responsibilities will also include the administration of coaching bursaries, merchandise and assisting clubs to access potential grant funding.

The successful candidate will work well under pressure, have the ability to multi‐task (including coping with the demands of the Bowls England National Championships, International Events and Annual Dinners) and the flexibility to work in an ever‐evolving environment.

Hours of work are Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm with one hour for lunch each day.

Employees receive 20 days paid annual leave plus Public Holidays.

The job specification is attached.

Please note due to the nature of the business occasional evening and weekend work may be required, for which time off in lieu will be agreed in advance.

For an informal discussion regarding the role please contact Alistair Hollis, Operational Services Manager, on 07765 050408 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To apply candidates should send the following:

  • Letter of application highlighting relevant experience, skills and motivation for applying
  • Curriculum vitae

Please reply by e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alternatively applications may be sent by post, marked ‘Administrator Vacancy’ to:

Chief Executive
Bowls England
Riverside House
Milverton Hill
Royal Leamington Spa
CV32 5HZ


Closing date for applications: Monday 12th March 2018


Interviews will be held on Tuesday 20th March 2018 at the Bowls England Offices in Royal Leamington Spa.


Bowls England is an equal opportunities employer.

Bowls England operates a company pension scheme for all employees.

Coach Bowls are delighted to announce the launch of the new Coaches Recognition Scheme.

It's purpose is to give hard working coaches the recognition they deserve for the hours of hard work and dedication they show to their clubs and bowls. 

Every Coach Bowls member will be sent a free log book over the coming weeks. This will enable them to track their coaching activity and thus gain points for their coaching, which will earn them either a Bronze, Silver or Gold reward to recognise their efforts.

In 2017 Coach Bowls surveyed its membership and 93% of respondents indicated that they would be willing to track their coaching activities in order to facilitate such a scheme. This launch demonstrates the fruition of these efforts.

The Bowls Development Alliance Limited is an umbrella organisation for the National Governing Bodies of Bowls England (flat outdoor green bowls) and the English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd (flat indoor green bowls), incorporated with the sole strategic focus of developing the sport of bowls within England.

Having recently been successful in securing funding of £1.6m by Sport England, we are now seeking to appoint an additional Independent Non-Executive Director.

The successful candidate will, ideally, be from a commercial background and have previous board level/executive management experience. Most importantly, however, they will share our passion for wanting to secure the future development of the sport of bowls in England, firstly by helping to ensure that the organisation meets its agreed objectives by 2017 – 2021 and secondly to secure the on-going sustainability of the organisation beyond 2017.
First-hand experience of playing the sport of bowls is not a pre-requisite.

As the vacancy is for an Independent Non-Executive Director, applications cannot be considered from persons who are/have:-

  • a full time paid employee of Bowls England, EIBA Ltd or any other NGB in the Sport of Bowls
  • a professional advisor to Bowls England, EIBA Ltd or any other NGB in the Sport of Bowls
  • a supplier of services or equipment to Bowls England, EIBA Ltd or any other NGB in the Sport of Bowls
  • a political or administrative role in the Sport of Bowls.

Applicants should apply by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a covering letter highlighting relevant experience, background and motivation for applying, together with an up to date curriculum vitae.

The role is Pro-Bono but reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed for attending meetings.

A time commitment of 8 days p.a. will be required comprising 4 formal board meetings and 4 additional planned meetings. You may be asked from time to time to attend meetings on behalf of the Board to support the work of the organisation.

Bowls Development Alliance is committed to promoting equality and diversity.

Closing date: 5pm, 31st March 2018

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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.

BowlsParc LogoThe Bowls Development Alliance are delighted that Factory Eleven will be supporting the ‘Coach Bowls’ National Coaching Conference to be held on the 22nd March 2018 at the Woodland Grange Hotel in Leamington Spa.

Factory Eleven have been designing and manufacturing sports equipment ranges in the UK since 1996, their business also delivers sports participation promotional events that brings sport to everyone.

Their services have been used by Blue Chip Companies, National and International Sports Governing Bodies, Local Authorities, and a diverse range of sports delivery stakeholders in and across the broader community and within education.

Sports and commercial partners have included the England & Wales Cricket Board, the Lawn Tennis Association, the European Tour, Vodafone, Maersk and the Yorkshire Bank.

Peter Gray, Factory Eleven commented:

“We are extremely pleased to have been offered the opportunity to support the BDA’s inaugural National Coaching Conference in 2018. The BDA have been using our Bowlsparc equipment range since its launch at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and we have received excellent feedback over the last three years on the way this equipment has impacted on their work across club and community activities, which aim to engage new participants by creating inclusive and accessible playing opportunities”

Many Coach Bowls qualified coaches are using this equipment as part of their coaching activities to ensure their coaching is both inclusive and fun, as well as engaging those who are currently outside the club structure.

Some key individuals from the world of coaching will be passing on their experience at the Conference alongside the opportunity for delegates to attend two workshops, one focusing on coaching children and young people and the other the importance of psychology on performance.


The BDA are delighted to have secured Nigel Redman, the current Head of Performance Team Development for British Swimming as the keynote speaker at the Coaching-Making A Positive Difference conference next March

In his current role he is tasked with supporting and developing the Performance Team on their journey to Tokyo 2020

Nigel played for Bath Rugby club on more than 300 occasions and gained 20 caps playing for England

He was also a member of the successful British and Irish Lions team on their tour of South Africa in 1997 where he captained the team on two occasions.

After retiring in 1999 Nigel began his coaching career that included time with England and in the Aviva Premiership.

Nigel is a believer in the saying “you owe it to your players to be the best coach you can possibly be” and during his time as a coach has worked his way through the coaching awards to become only one of a handful of coaches to be awarded Level 5 status. He has worked alongside some of UK’s best Olympic coaches as part of the UK Sport Elite Coach Programme.

As well as British Swimming he has worked as a coach and mentor to coaches and leaders of Winter Olympic and Summer Olympic sports, Premier League Football and the Rugby Football Union

We are delighted he will be our keynote speaker and look forward to hearing more about his career in coaching.

More news to follow

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Diversity Statement

The Bowls Development Alliance(BDA) along with their partners Bowls England(BE) and the English Indoor Bowling Association(EIBA) are committed to ensuring there is diversity and equality throughout their organisations and that no individuals (including players, spectators, coaches. officials, administrators and staff) receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of their age, gender, race, disability, religion or socio-economic status. The sport aims to make a welcoming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people thus ensuring that the sport of bowls is truly accessible to everyone

They are also committed to reaching, recruiting and retaining people from all communities including those playing, watching, volunteering or working within it and creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment for everyone to play and enjoy the sport of bowls.

The BDA Board of Directors has adapted a target of a minimum of 30% of each gender to be represented on their board and are committed to progressing towards gender parity. This is as well as working to achieve greater diversity on the board including but not limited to black, asian, minority ethnic, (BAME) diversity and disability representation.

Over the next three and a half years they will work to foster all aspects of diversity both within its leadership and in the decision-making process.

Board of Directors

The BDA Board of Directors is made up of 3 Non-Executive Independent Directors and with 2 nominated Directors from each partner National Governing Body (EIBA Ltd & Bowls England).

Malcolm Douglas

Malcolm DouglasNon-Executive Independent Director & Chairman

Malcolm was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director and elected as Chairman in May 2017.

Malcolm has a wealth of business experience notably as Group Managing Director of Swatch Group UK Ltd, Managing Director of Polar Electro UK Ltd and Global President of Polar Electro Group. He is now Executive Chairman of Patterson Elliott Management Ltd.

Malcolm's role is to lead the Board, ensuring that the highest standard of probity & governance apply in relations to operations, development of the business, of the organisation and its strategy in accordance with its purposes set out in the governing document and all legal regulatory requirement.

Terry Maywood

Terry Maywood – Senior Non-Executive Independent Director

Terry was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director in 2015 and elected by the Board as Senior Non-Executive Independent Director April 2017.

Terry has a wealth of experience in the retail sector and has completed many a sporting challenge for charity.

Terry is the Chair of the BDA’s Audit Committee.


Vacant – Non-Executive Independent Director

Position currently vacant

Peter Thompson

Peter Thompson – Director, representing EIBA Ltd

Peter was appointed as Director in 2010 to represent the English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd.

Peter is the EIBA’s Chief Executive, a position his has held since January 2009. He has 24 years experience of working in Sport predominantly in the areas of Commercial, Marketing and Senior Management.

His role on the Board is to ensure the sport of flat green indoor bowls continues to be an integral part of the BDA but to provide guidance / assistance in Governance and business operations.

Tony Allcock MBE

Tony Allcock MBE – Director, representing Bowls England

Tony was appointed as a Director in 2010 to represent Bowls England.

Professionally, he is a qualified teacher and was formerly employed by Gloucestershire County Council as Head of several Educational Centres for people with Learning Difficulties. He subsequently ran a successful business before being appointed Chief Executive of the English Bowling Association in 2002. This followed his retirement from World Class Play and a playing career which spanned several decades during which he accumulated 15 World titles. He led the amalgamation with the English Women’s Bowling Association, forming Bowls England, a Company Limited by guarantee by 35 County Associations. Bowls England currently serves over 100,000 affiliated members . Tony is also a Non-Executive Director of the Kennel Club.

Tony’s role (with other Directors) is to oversee the management of the company's business; to be part of strategic and operational decisions to ensure that company meets its statutory obligations.

Denis Goodley

Denis Goodley – Director, representing EIBA Ltd

Denis was appointed Director in 2015 to represent the English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd.

Denis is the Development Director of the EIBA Ltd, a position he has held for 6 years. He is also the Club Manager of Acle Indoor Bowls Club in Norfolk. Through these positions he has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in the administration, governance and playing of the sport. His professional background was in Local Government. A career which spanned 40 years and saw him become a Local Government advisor to the Cabinet Officer.

His role on the Board is to ensure the sport of flat green indoor bowls continues to be an integral part of the BDA but to provide guidance / assistance in Governance and sustainability / growth of the sports core market.

Norma Hazzledine  

Norma Hazzledine – Director, representing Bowls England

Norma was appointed a Non-Executive Director in 2010.

Professionally her qualifications are in English with a Masters Degree in International Education. Her work in the English Department of Nottingham University was followed by the Management of the Centre for English Language Education which specialised in English for Academic Purposes training for International Students. In the Sport of Bowls, she has played at International level and voluntarily contributed to the delivery of the EWBA and Bowls England National Championships over 11 years, two Women’s World Bowls Championships, been Competition Manager for the Commonwealth Games in Manchester and is currently Director of International Events for Bowls England.

Norma has held the portfolio of Director responsible for Coaching and currently holds the portfolio of Director of Finance for the BDA Board. Her roles have been, along with other Directors, to meet the strategic aims of the BDA for development within the sport and meet the expectations and requirements of Sport England.


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