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.”
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.
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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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Time to get more women playing, coaching and volunteering in bowls!
The Bowls Development Alliance (BDA), are delighted to offer the following offical WOMEN CAN products now available to purchase:
Women Can Jute Bag
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PA WALKER, 41 FROM LEICESTERSHIRE
It was approximately 10 years ago when I went down to my local Bowls Club with my husband, John who was meeting a friend to have a roll up. Unfortunately, the friend wasn’t able to make it, so I reluctantly agreed to give it a try and have a practice with John. In truth, having played badminton and volleyball in my native country of Thailand, playing sport has always appealed to me and having watched John play, I had been interested in what it was all about. According to John, it was immediately obvious that the hours I had spent watching had not been waisted!
People at the club said that I was a ‘natural’ and it wasn’t long before the ladies in the club approached me to start to play properly. It was Di Hurst and Jan Everitt, two of the clubs committee members who took me under their wings and encouraged me to join them playing in competitive games. We started to win county competitions, we qualified through to the national championships, and one year, we won the National Fours! Our success at the nationals attracted interest, and I was over the moon when the England selectors asked me to go to an England trial. In Glasgow in 2013, my dream came true, I played in the British Isles Fours Championships with my club mates and also got my first international for England playing lead in a rink against Jersey.
My experience at international level was cut short, as following some time spent back in Thailand, for family reasons, we decided to move back there for a while. When back in my native country, bowls took a bit of a side step as there are very few greens around where my family is from, with the nearest being in Bangkok, some 4 hours away. However, when we moved back to the UK recently, bowling, again became my number one recreation. I re-joined my original club, Birstall Ladies, who had made me a life member for both my achievements and contributions to the club and who I feel, is my second family. I feel very much at home there and I get heavily involved in club activities, both on and off the green. In the past, I have performed various duties on the committee i.e. league captain and selector and I also do a lot of catering at the club, including Thai food nights which seem to go down well! This year, I intend to play as many competitive games as possible and hopefully do well. It is very much my ambition to represent England again and give back something to the sport that has given me so much.
I think bowls has a lot to offer women. As well as providing competitive opportunities, more importantly it is an extended family that you can belong to and feel part of whether you are in your native home or adopted country.
SUE ALEXANDER, 63 FROM CAMBS/SUFFOLK
I have always played sport from the age of 11, playing hockey and tennis for Spalding High School until leaving. On leaving school, I then started to play Table Tennis in local leagues which I did for several years before I discovered Badminton which then became my sport. I played for several years for the Ely Badminton club.
I stumbled into bowls a bit by accident. My husband John, who had also played Table Tennis, was struggling to play at a standard that he enjoyed thanks to his knees. He was trying to decide between golf and bowls when our next-door neighbour, Ian, said that he was a member of the local village club and to go down with him to give it a go. He did and was hooked! When he first started, every now and then I would go down to watch and take our children with me and on one occasion, I was asked to play in a competition as they were one short. The long and short of it, was, I played, enjoyed it and started bowling the following season. This was thirty years ago now!
Bowls really has been a focal part of our family life for the last 25 years. Not long after I started, both my daughters decided to try the game. Ellen carried on, whilst Sara decided it wasn’t for her. Both my parents then began playing before they retired and bowls then became a big part of their retirement, keeping them busy, fit and active. One of the things that I love most about bowls is that I have been able to play with both my mother and daughter. The icing on the cake being winning both national and British Isles titles.
As well as enjoying the competitive side of the game, I enjoy the social side too. Through bowls, I have met and made friends with people from lots of other clubs, counties and countries. That’s the great thing about bowls, it has no boundaries and brings people together from different places and backgrounds.
Alongside playing, I have always been active in the administration of the sport, holding roles within both club and county including Secretary, Chairperson and President. I have also sat on national committees too. As well as being an active administrator, I have also recently ventured into coaching as I felt it was time to give something back to the sport to enable others to participate and enjoy the sport I love.
Bowls can give women independence, confidence and improves their social life by allowing them to meet others in a relaxed and social environment. It is something that women can do independently, with their friends, partner, children or grandchildren; it is something all generations of the family can do together which I think is both unique and special.