Chris Parkin

Chris Parkin

The future of coaching in the sport of bowls is in safe hands. That’s the message from Bowls England and the English Indoor Bowling Association (EIBA) who will assume responsibility for Coach Bowls from the Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) on 1st April 2019.

 

Coach Bowls was formed in 2011 under the direct management of the BDA and is the only recognised bowls qualification for flat green indoor and outdoor bowls, offering a range of courses to meet the need of current and prospective coaches.

 

The BDA and the two National Governing Bodies have been working towards a phased transition over the last 18 months. Bowls England and the EIBA have formed a new Company, ‘Coach Bowls Ltd’, as part of the agreement.

 

The current Coaching Manager, Amanda Scriven-Purcell, will transfer to Coach Bowls Ltd to ensure it is ‘business as usual’ for clubs, coaches, county coaching co-ordinators, tutors and other key stakeholders and will continue to be supported by Adam Durnin.

 

Tony Allcock MBE, Bowls England Chief Executive and Director of Coach Bowls Ltd, said: “Coaching is vital to the long-term future of the sport of bowls and this will be a significant investment for both national governing bodies in the future. We have been working behind the scenes with the EIBA and BDA to achieve a seamless transition for this key service.”

 

Peter Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of the English Indoor Bowling Association and Director of Coach Bowls Ltd, added: “The formation of Coach Bowls Ltd is part of a long-term sustainability plan to ensure that coaching is embedded into the sport of bowls and is a great example of the two National Governing Bodies working together towards a common goal in conjunction with the BDA.”

 

The BDA will continue to work in partnership with Coach Bowls Ltd, by encouraging clubs that are part of its Club Development Programme to invest in qualified coaches.

 

Susan Cooper, Development Director for the Bowls Development Alliance, said: “As part of the agreement with Sport England, coaching will transition across to Bowls England and English Indoor Bowling Association. Work carried out under the banner of Coach Bowls over the past eight years has resulted in the development of a nationally recognised coaching structure for the sport of bowls. We are delighted that Bowls England and the English Indoor Bowling Association are now in a position to take Coach Bowls forward so that it can be truly embedded into the sport.”

 

Coach Bowls Ltd will continue to work in partnership with the British Crown Green Bowling Association (BCGBA) and English Short Mat Bowling Association (ESMBA) to ensure that their respective coaching needs are met in accordance with their current agreements.

Coach Bowls Ltd will also look to further its relationship with the English Bowls Coaching Society (EBCS), and to encourage EBCS members to benefit from the Coach Bowls Ltd membership package which includes comprehensive insurance, reduced course costs and news updates.

 

Four Directors have been appointed to run the new Company on behalf of the partner National Governing Bodies – Tony Allcock MBE and John McGuinness (Bowls England); Peter Thompson and Gordon Thomas (EIBA).

 

Any queries related to Coach Bowls Ltd should be directed to Amanda Scriven-Purcell (Coaching Manager) on 01926 334910 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday, 01 February 2019 08:30

2019 Spring Package Window Open

The Bowls Development Alliance [BDA] are delighted to announce that the 2019 Spring Play Bowls package application window has now opened. The window will remain open until 5pm, Tuesday 30th April 2019.

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

Thursday, 24 January 2019 08:40

The WI partner with Women Can

The Bowls Development Alliance is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with the National Women’s Institute.

The partners will be working together across the country to provide opportunities for WI members to get involved in the sport of bowls. This project is part of the national WOMEN CAN project which aims to encourage more women to play bowls, coach bowls and volunteer in bowls.

Currently only 39% of the bowling club population in England are women, and this campaign has been developed to increase that number to 45% by 2021.

Anna Coulson, WOMEN CAN lead, said:

“We are very excited to be working with the Women’s Institute on this project to encourage more women to become involved in the sport. We hope that we can inspire more women to join the bowling community and enjoy the playing and social opportunities the sport has to offer.”

Lynne Stubbings, Chair of the NFWI, said:

“We are delighted to be working with the Bowls Development Alliance on this exciting new project which will inspire and empower WI members to become involved and participate in the sport of bowls. This programme is open to all members, regardless of age or ability and we hope that it’ll be successful in increasing the percentage of women in the English bowling community. For members who already have an interest in bowls, and others that have never played the game before, the programme will offer fun, friendship and a chance to get active outside of WI meetings.”

For more information on this exciting new programme and the  WOMEN  CAN campaign please contact Anna Coulson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website where our campaign video can be viewed at www.playbowls.org/womencan  showcasing what the sport can offer women of all ages.

Friday, 30 November 2018 09:13

BDA Statement - Coach Bowls

As agreed in 2016 with Sport England and the Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) the transition of coaching to the member National Governing Bodies will be effective from April 1st 2019. This transition forms part of a long-term sustainability plan to ensure that coaching is embedded into the sport.

From 1st April 2019 responsibility will move across to English Indoor Bowling Association (EIBA) and Bowls England (BE) who have made a joint commitment to continue to support and develop coaching for the benefit of the sport.

Both British Crown Green Bowling Association and English Short Mat Bowling Association will continue to support Coach Bowls and to encourage all their coaches to move across to the nationally recognised qualifications.

The BDA and the member National Governing Bodies have been working towards a smooth managed transition over the past twelve months and will continue to do so over the remaining four months.

“Coach Bowls” remains under the direct management of the BDA until 31st March 2019.

The BDA will continue to deliver its’ “Play Bowls Strategy” through to March 31st, 2021.

Early next year information will become available from Sport England regarding applications for further funding to take the BDA through to March 31st, 2025.

Finally, as per the joint statement issued by BDA, EIBA, and BE on 1st August 2015, Coach Bowls is and continues to be the only recognised bowls qualification for flat green indoor and outdoor bowls.

Further details about the progress of the transition will be released in early January 2019.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 10:40

Women Can resource pack has launched!

We have now launched our WOMEN CAN resource pack! We would love for clubs to keep us updated with the great work you are doing whether it be taster sessions, open days, events and don’t forget to sign up to our campaign by going to www.playbowls.org/womencan.

How do I get my hands on a WOMEN CAN pack you asked? Sign up now!

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 09:21

Women Can Sign Up

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Please complete the form below to Sign Up for Women Can and to receive your free electronic Women Can resource pack.

Tuesday, 02 October 2018 13:19

Women Can on TV

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Please watch the below a clip of Women Can on BBC Spotlight broadcast on Friday 7th September 2018

 

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Thursday, 19 July 2018 11:43

Women Can Sign Up Complete

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Thank you for signing up to receive information about the Women Can campaign.

To complete the process please can you verify your email address by the following the link in the email we have just sent you (it might have been flagged as junk or spam, so please check these folders!)

Thanks

The BDA Team

 

Friday, 25 May 2018 10:46

Privacy & Cookies Policy

PRIVACY POLICY AND COOKIES POLICY

 We at the Bowls Development Alliance, Pera Business Park, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, Leics, LE13 0EX (“we” or “our” or “us”) want to make sure all the personal information we have collected about you, , is safe and secure whether we collect it through our website’s at playbowls.org, coachbowls.org and justbowl.org (“Site”) or from other sources.  This Policy set outs our commitments to you, in compliance with and beyond the General Data Protection Regulation (commonly known as the GDPR) and explains how we collect, store and use your personal information.

We have not appointed a Data Protection Officer to oversee our compliance with data protection laws as we not required to do so, but our Finance & Governance Manager has overall responsibility for data protection compliance in our organisation.  If you have any questions about this Policy or what we do with your personal information, their contact details are set out in the "Contact" section below.

Privacy NOTICES

Collecting specific, relevant personal information is a necessary part of us being able to provide you with any services you may request from us or in providing services to our customers and members or just managing our relationship with you.

When we hold or use your personal information as a data controller (see below for a description of what this is) we will provide you with a privacy notice which sets out in detail what information we hold about you (such as your contact details, address, etc.), how your personal information may be used and the reasons for these uses, together with details of your rights. 

Where we collect personal information from you directly, we will provide this privacy notice at the time we collect the personal information from you.  Where we receive your personal information indirectly, we will provide this privacy notice when we first contact you, first pass the data to someone else or within a month, whichever is the earlier.

We will only provide this privacy notice to you once, generally at the start of our relationship with you.  However if the applicable privacy notice is updated substantially, then we may provide you with details of the updated version.  You are encouraged to check back regularly for updates.

Copies of our current privacy notices can be found below:

  • Member privacy notice – coachbowls.org/downloads/CoachBowlsPrivacyNotice.pdf

Please note that it is possible for you to be covered by more than one privacy notice, for example you may be a member who comes onto our premises and is recorded on CCTV.  In this example both our member privacy notice and our CCTV privacy notice would apply to you.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DATA CONTROLLERS/PROCESSORS

A data controller is a person who controls how personal information is processed and used.  A data processor is a person who processes and uses personal information in accordance with the instructions of a third party, i.e. the data controller.

This distinction is important.  You have certain rights in relation to your personal information, for example the right to be provided with the personal information held about you and details of its use and the right to have certain of your personal information either erased or anonymised, commonly referred to as the right to be forgotten (see below to see what rights you have).  These rights can generally only be exercised against a data controller of your information. 

In most cases we will not be a data controller of your personal information.  In any case where we are not a data controller this means that you cannot exercise these rights against us directly (i.e. where we only act as a data processor), but you can do so against the data controller (i.e. the person who controls how we process the personal information).  In these cases we will endeavour to inform you who is the data controller of your personal information so that you can direct any such requests to them.

Also it is only a data controller that will provide you with a privacy notice about your personal information, so where we process your personal information as a data controller we will provide you with a privacy notice.  Where we process your personal information as a data processor for a third party, that third party should provide you with a privacy notice which will set out details regarding the processing of your personal information, which should also include the processing to be carried out by us on their behalf.

HOW DO WE USE YOUR PERSONAL information?

We will use your personal information as described in the privacy notice provided to you, but, for example, we may use your personal information to administer any account(s) you have with us or to send you information we think you might find useful, provided you have indicated that you are happy to be contacted for these purposes.  To see how we use your personal information, please see our current privacy notices, which can be accessed below:

  • Member privacy notice – coachbowls.org/downloads/CoachBowlsPrivacyNotice.pdf

WHO DO WE SHARE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION WITH?

Details of how we disclose your personal information are set out in the relevant privacy notice provided to you, but generally it is where we need to do so in order to run our organisation (e.g. where other people process information for us). In such circumstances, we will put in place arrangements to protect your personal information.  Outside of that we do not disclose your personal information unless we are required to do so by law. 

If we transfer personal information about you outside the European Economic Area (EEA), we will let you know and ensure that all reasonable security measures are taken and that any third party processers will be required to process the information in accordance with information protection laws and we will notify you in your privacy notice if we are the information controller.

We do not sell, trade or rent your personal information to others.

HOW LONG DO WE HOLD ON TO YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?

Further details of how long we hold onto your personal information for are set out in the relevant privacy notice provided to you, but we will only hold your information for as long as is necessary or where you ask us to delete records we may delete it earlier. 

The duration for which we retain your personal information will differ depending on the type of information and the reason why it was collected. However, in some cases personal information may be retained on a long term basis: for example, personal information that we need to retain for legal purposes will normally be retained for at least six years in accordance with usual commercial practice and regulatory requirements.

what are Your rights?

Full details of your rights set out in the relevant privacy notice provided to you, but you are entitled by law to ask for a copy of your personal information at any time. You are also entitled to ask us to correct, delete or update your personal information, to send your personal information to you or another organisation and to object to automated decision making. Where you have given us your consent to use your personal information in a particular manner, you also have the right to withdraw this consent at any time. 

To exercise any of your rights, or if you have any questions relating to your rights, please contact us by using the details set out in the "Contact" section below. You can also unsubscribe from any direct marketing by clicking on the unsubscribe link in the marketing messages we send to you.

You should note that some of your rights may not apply as they have specific requirements and exemptions which apply to them and they may not also apply to personal information recorded and stored by us.  However your right to withdraw consent or object to processing for direct marketing are absolute rights.

If you are unhappy with the way we are using your personal information you can complain to the UK Information Commissioner’s Office or your local data protection regulator. More information about your legal rights can be found on the Information Commissioner’s website at https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/.  However, we are here to help and would encourage you to contact us to resolve your complaint first.

linking with third party sites

Our Site may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our commercial partners, other national and regional bodies, advertisers and clubs.  If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and they will be a data controller of your personal information. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies and you should check these policies before you submit any personal information to these websites.

In addition, if you linked to this Site from a third-party site, we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of the owners or operators of that third-party site and recommend that you check the policy of that third party site and contact its owner or operator if you have any concerns or questions.

SECURITY

We employ a variety of technical and organisational measures to keep your personal information safe and to prevent unauthorised access to, or use, or disclosure of it. Unfortunately, no information transmission over the Internet is guaranteed 100% secure nor is any storage of information always 100% secure, but we do take all appropriate steps to protect the security of your personal information. 

Cookies

Certain parts of our Site use "cookies" to keep track of your visit and to help you navigate between sections. A cookie is a small data file that certain websites store on your computer's hard-drive when you visit such websites. Cookies can contain information such as your user ID and the pages you have visited. The only personal information a cookie contains is information that you have personally supplied.

We use cookies on our Site to enable us to deliver content that is specific to your interests and gives us an idea of which parts of the Site you are visiting and to recognise you when you return to the Site. Reading cookies does not give us access to other information on your computer's hard-drive and our Site will not read cookies created by other websites that you have visited.

You may refuse to accept cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. If, however, you select this setting you may be unable to access certain parts of the Site. Unless you have adjusted your browser settings so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies when you access the Site.

Please note providers of third party content may also use cookies over which we have no control.

LOG FILES

In common with most websites, our Site logs various information about visitors, including internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP) information, referring / exit pages and date / time stamp.

We may use this information to analyse trends, administer the Site, track your movement around the Site and gather broad demographic information.

Changes to this policy

Any changes we may make to this Policy in the future will be posted on our Site and, where appropriate, notified to you by e-mail. When we change this Policy in a material way, we will update the version date at the bottom of this page. Please check back frequently to see any updates or changes to this Policy and should you object to any alteration, please contact us as set out in the "Contact" section below.

Contact

In the event of any query or complaint in connection with the information we hold about you, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write to us at BDA, Pera Business Park, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 0PB

Our Finance & Governance Manager can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Whilst this privacy policy sets out a general summary of your legal rights in respect of personal information, this is a very complex area of law. More information about your legal rights can be found on the Information Commissioner’s website at https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/.

Version Date: 25th May 2018

 

Wednesday, 09 May 2018 10:36

Women Can Merchandise

Time to get more women playing, coaching and volunteering in bowls!

Women Can LogoThe Bowls Development Alliance (BDA), are delighted to offer the following offical WOMEN CAN products now available to purchase:

Women Can Jute Bag

36.5cm wide x 30cm tall Jute Bag with handles with the Women Can logo printed on both sides. (Sizes are appox)

 

Women Can Polo Shirt

100% Cotton White Polo Shirt with the Women Can Logo on the Left Hand Breast. Machine Washable at 30deg. Sizes S - XL

 

Price £5.50 each including postage

To order a Jute Bag please click here

 

Price £9.95 each including postage

To order a Polo Shirt please click here

 

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