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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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Governance

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, sexual orientation, religion or socio- economic status.

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.


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 EIBA Ltd

Norma was appointed a Non-Executive Director in 2009.

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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Coach Bowls Conference

£2We 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 BDA are delighted to have secured Nigel Redman, the current Head of Performance Team Development for British Swimming as the conference keynote speaker. 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.

You can book online by clicking here

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.

 

Additional Support for Clubs

Play Bowls Package Funding

Clubs who are not yet part of the club development programme can apply for Play Bowls Package Funding. Play Bowls Packages provide clubs with the necessary financial and non-financial support to continue to grow and sustain the number of people playing bowls within their facilities. Clubs affiliated to Bowls England or EIBA can apply for £250 worth of funding to deliver a Play Bowls Day (Open Day) followed by 4 x Play Bowls 4 Fun session - an informal, relaxed, coaching session with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment! More information about the packages can be found on the Play Bowls Package Funding section of our website.

Club Matters

Club Matters, the essential one-stop-shop for sports clubs, will provide you with support, learning and guidance on all aspects of running a club whether it is large, small, formal or informal. Club Matters offers free, simple and bitesize support to all clubs. To use the Club Matters' resources, simply visit their website and sign up for free. An overview of how yourclub can benefit from Club Matters is attached at the bottom of this page.

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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.

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. 

 

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.

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Mobile: 07826 929558

 

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