Chris Parkin

Chris Parkin

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. 

 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 08:26

Staff Contacts

 

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 nine 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

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

Jon Hart - Development Manager

Jon’s role is to oversee and manage the club and community delivery of the BDA. This includes the Club Development Programme and Just Bowl, ensuring that both are hitting their targets outlined in the Play Bowls Strategy 2017-2021. He also has the responsibility of leading on the Data and Insight for the BDA to ensure that all areas of work are hitting their targets which is reported to Sport England on a 6 monthly basis. Jon works within the senior management team alongside the Development Director and the Finance & Governance Manager.

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Mobile: 07795 555907

 

George Babalev - Club Development Co-ordinator

George’s role is to Co-ordinate 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. George is also the BDA’s Disability Lead and is part of the Disability Steering Group, responsible for the implementation of the National Strategic Disability Action Plan.

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Mobile: 07826 929604

 

Conor Grogan - Club Development Officer

Conor is the Club Development Programme officer for the south of England. His role is to ensure the clubs that have successfully applied for the programme have the support they need to grow new members, retain existing members and in doing so reinforcing the long-term sustainability of clubs.  

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Kara Purvis - Administration Officer (Part-Time)

Kara works in our head office at Melton Mowbray and works closely with the Finance & Governance Manager works to ensure the smooth running of the office. Her main duties included the administration of the Play Bowls Package scheme and leading our Women Can programme. Kara works Monday to Thursday, 10am to 2pm.

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Monday, 30 January 2017 10:50

Disability Bowls

An imperative part of BDA’s 2017-2021 strategy is continuing to champion and embed disability in every aspect of our work.  As a result of our 2013-2017 strategy, we have now seen just over 3,500 disabled participants playing bowls regularly (figures correct as of March 2017) after attending BDA funded events.

The following major steps have also been made in the past few years:

  • Release of yearly advisory guides relating to disabled participation and adaptive equipment and funding (accessible from our website).
  • Creation and launch of an annual National Participation Survey, which includes disability.
  • Creation of a Working with Disabled People in Bowls coach education course.
  • Creation of a Bowls Disability Mark Accreditation Scheme for bowls clubs.
  • Creation and launch of the annual Love Fisher Brown Award

The BDA, along with Bowls England, English Indoor Bowling Association, Disability Bowls England and Activity Alliance form the Disability Steering Group - a body that oversees the progress and development of disability bowls in the country. In the autumn of 2018 the Disability Steering Group published the new National Strategic Disability Action Plan 2018-2021. The aim of the Action Plan is to ensure collaboration and integration of the work of all key partners towards developing bowls into a genuinely inclusive sport by 2021. The Disability Steering group will oversee the successful implementation of the Action Plan in order to achieve its vision to promote inclusion, increase participation and develop performance within disability bowls.

Here is what George Babalev, BDA’s disability lead, had to say about the publication of the strategic document: “The Action Plan provides a co-ordinated approach between the organisations responsible for the development of disability bowls. It ensures strategic accountability and improved efficiency of the Disability Steering Group members. It is also important for the bowling community to be aware of the work undertaken by the Disability Steering Group and how one can benefit from it.

There are 4 key strands the Action Plan focuses on, namely:

1. Data Collection – obtaining and sharing robust and reliable information about disability bowls participation levels in clubs and accessibility of clubs’ facilities for disabled bowlers.
2. Marketing and Communication – producing an all-inclusive information pack that can be used as a guidebook by any clubs that are willing to become more inclusive.
3. Support for Clubs, Coaches and Volunteers – supporting more clubs to obtain a Bowls Disability Mark accreditation scheme; helping train and upskill clubs’ workforce and committees by running more Working with Disabled People in Bowls Modules and Disability Engagement Events; through the Love Fisher Brown Award, acknowledging and rewarding the work of those clubs that lead the way and showcasing them as a model for other clubs to strive towards.
4. Elite Pathways and Competitive Structure – making sure all regional and national competitions remain fully inclusive and cater for disabled participants, officials and spectators.

The full Action Plan is published as an attachment at the bottom of this page and can be accessed at any time.

If you require any additional information on what we do to support disability bowls, please contact George Babalev on 07826 929 604 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday, 30 January 2017 10:49

About Us

The Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) is the body for Bowls England (flat green outdoor) and English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd (flat green indoor).

2017-2021:

Play Bowls supports Sport England’s vision to produce a more productive, sustainable, resilient and responsible sport sector. This plan puts bowls customers at the heart of its delivery with the aim to make bowls clubs more welcoming and inclusive, particularly for those who are older and those who are currently under-represented in the sport but also help to reinforce a physical activity habit well into later life.

This strategy has aimed to align itself to the priorities laid down by Sport England in the new strategy “Towards an Active Nation” looking to develop more resilient habits, encourage those older people who are presently inactive to become active and develop a more diverse volunteer workforce.

The strategy will also provide opportunities for both physical and mental well- being and to encourage more bowls clubs to be the heart of the local community through the provision of more diverse services.

The next four years will see the following actions:

  • Intensive support to 200 identified clubs to help strengthen resilience in the core market through the new Club Development Programme
  • Support clubs to encourage those who are presently inactive to engage with bowls through the Play Bowls Package
  • Upskilling of volunteers so as to impact directly on sustaining membership and to continue to grow participation particularly providing more opportunities for those with a disability
  • Assist bowls clubs to become an integral part of the local community
  • Ensure clubs have the support and guidance they need to keep their facilities at a standard that will maintain the habit of physical activity of their members

Vision

"Working with flat green clubs to help them and the bowlers within them develop more resilient habits to ensure a stronger sport, the benefits of which can be enjoyed for a life time"

Core Values of the Organisation:

  • To focus on the needs of the bowler
  • To ensure everyone regardless of age, gender ethnicity or disability has access to a quality experience
  • To provide a safe environment in which to play

Objectives:

  • To strengthen resilience in the bowls core market
  • To continue to introduce new people into the sport so as to develop a habit of regular physical activity
  • To ensure all projects are fully inclusive
  • To contribute to the physical and mental wellbeing of participants
  • To develop accurate data collection and insight methods alongside key partners
  • To upskill the volunteer workforce to ensure participants receive the best possible experience
  • To ensure clubs have support in the maintenance and development of their facilities and so strengthen resilience
Monday, 30 January 2017 10:49

Love Fisher Brown Award

2019 LOVE FISHER BROWN AWARD

 

The 2019 Love Fisher Brown Award, sponsored by Para Handy and Drakes Pride, was created to recognise clubs that provide disabled participation opportunities for their bowlers. This award, named after the remarkable and inspiring Commonwealth Games achievements of Bob Love, David Fisher and Paul Brown, showcases the excellent work being undertaken by clubs with disabled bowlers around the country, and provide a benchmark for other clubs to aspire to.

All clubs affiliated to either Bowls England or English Indoor Bowling Association that offer opportunities for disabled bowlers are encouraged to nominate. We welcome applications from all clubs working with disabled people, including: running regular sessions for disabled bowlers; positively affecting a disabled person or group’s physical, social and/or mental well-being through bowls; or successfully integrating a number of disabled people into the club. Nominations can be submitted by anyone within the club (e.g. club member, volunteer, coach or committee member), or outside the club (e.g. disabled participant, carer, friend or relative).

Andy Semple from Para Handy said of the Love Fisher Brown Award: “We have been lucky enough to witness first-hand the incredible positive impact of disabled bowlers on the sport of bowling. That is why we at Para-Handy Bowling Wheelchairs are honoured to be associated with the Love-Fisher-Brown award.

Clubs can be nominated by completing the 2019 Love Fisher Brown nomination form below. Nominators can either email the completed form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or complete the paper form and post it to:

Bowls Development Alliance,
Pera Business Park,
Nottingham Rd,
Melton Mowbray
LE13 0PB

Entries for the 2019 award are now closed. More information about the 2019 winners and runners-up can be found in the next paragraph. The 2020 nomination window will open in the autumn of 2020. The award guidance notes, nomination form and further information can all be accessed from the attachments below.

 

2019 LOVE FISHER BROWN AWARD

The prize winners of the 2019 Love Fisher Brown Award are:

  • 2019 Love Fisher Brown Award Winners – The Griffin Bowls Club
  • 2019 Love Fisher Brown Award Runner Up – Kempston Park Indoor Bowls Club
  • 2019 Love Fisher Brown Award Runner Up – Lincoln & District Indoor Bowls Club

Furthermore, for their outstanding achievements over the past year and the quality of their nominations, the following clubs have been Highly Commended: Charnwood Indoor Bowls Club, Oundle Bowling Club, Desborough Indoor Bowls Club.

On behalf of the award panel, George Babalev (Club Development Co-ordinator and Disability Lead for the Bowls Development Alliance) said: “For a second year in a row the standard of the nominations was exceptionally high and the nature of the activities detailed within them were both inspiring and humbling. I congratulate all of this year’s nominated clubs for their commendable efforts towards making the sport and their clubs more inclusive. I hope they all continue to build on the successes of 2019 and progress even further next year in their endeavour to provide opportunities for disabled people to participate in bowls.”

Throughout the next year, Love Fisher Brown Award entrants will be profiled, and their great work showcased. We will soon be uploading case studies about the nominated clubs which you can access as attachments at the bottom of this page.

For more details on the Love Fisher Brown Award, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Monday, 30 January 2017 10:46

Support for Clubs, Coaches and Volunteers

The Bowls Development Alliance, working in partnership with Disability Bowls England, Bowls England, English Indoor Bowling Association and Activity Alliance have produced a support package for clubs, coaches and volunteers who wish to develop their workforce, facilities and activities to better cater for disabled participants. Our package includes the 'Guide to Disabled People's Participation', Working with Disabled People in Bowls module and the Bowls Disability Mark.

DISABILITY BOWLS ADVISORY GUIDE

The aim of the advisory guide is to provide clubs, volunteers and coaches with ideas and guidance on ensuring that everyone, regardless of disability or health condition, has access to the sport of bowls, whether as a beginner or an elite performer.

The Advisory Guide has been developed as a handbook for club officials, coaches, volunteers and bowlers who:

•    Are committed to making their clubs more accessible to disabled people/bowlers
•    Are experiencing barriers to their own or their fellow members’ participation
•    Want to learn more about how their clubs can offer a more inclusive environment for disabled bowlers The latest “Guide to Disabled People’s Participation” is available to download below.

The new guide encompasses all of these topics in greater detail including information about:

•    Using inclusive language when communicating to disabled bowlers.
•    Impairment specific adaptions that clubs may consider making to ensure the sport is as accessible as possible for disabled bowlers.
•    Case studies from clubs and organisations across the country who are already providing excellent participation opportunity for disabled people.
•    Disability Bowls England and the participation pathways which disabled bowlers may wish to follow.
•    Adaptive Equipment, with contact details of equipment providers.
•    Coach Bowls courses, including the “Working with Disabled Bowlers module”.
•    Advice on Safeguarding including details of the “Safeguarding in Bowls” module.
•    Useful contacts across a range of key organisations.

We encourage every club committee to familiarise itself with the content of this handbook because disability in its various forms has an impact on every club in the country. An electronic version of the document can be downloaded from our website http://playbowls.org/disability-bowls/advisory-guide. Alternatively, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to obtain an electronic copy.

 

'WORKING WITH DISABLED PEOPLE IN BOWLS' MODULE

This 4-hour module is predominantly practical and is aimed at both coaches and volunteers that would like to make their clubs more inclusive. Working with Disabled People in Bowls Module

The theory elements of the workshop focus predominantly on inclusive coaching regardless of the disability of the individual and cover the basics of working with bowlers with different impairments. By the end of the workshop those attending will be able to: 

·         Reflect on past experiences; recognise and share best practice.

·         Make appropriate modifications, adaptations and progressions to a planned session to include all participants.

·         Explore the participant pathway for disabled participants within bowls. 

The workshop focuses on looking at why people with a disability play bowls; what our coaching should look like; what makes an inclusive coach; how to adapt and personalise our coaching sessions; and how to communicate effectively. Using real case studies from bowlers with various disabilities and impairments including social bowlers, club members and even Commonwealth Games medallists. To book a place on a course visit www.coachbowls.org or if your club would like to host a course please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

BOWLS DISABILITY MARK

The Bowls Disability Mark 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. It can help clubs follow the right steps towards becoming a fully inclusive club.

What are the other benefits associated with such a status?

  • Increasing the profile of the club, which can lead to more new members joining.
  • Increased club membership – the Bowls Disability Mark provides the information and confidence disabled bowlers require before they make the decision to join the club. Indirectly, they can bring non-disabled bowlers with them.
  • Significantly more likely for the club’s facilities to be hired by groups and organisations who work with disabled people.
  • Priority given for hosting Disability Bowls England competitions.
  • It is an important factor taken into consideration by funders, sponsors and potential partners when such organisations are making decisions whether to fund, sponsor or work with the club.

The Bowls Disability Mark Club Pack is available as an attachment below. If your club would like to be considered for the Bowls Disability Mark then please email George Babalev on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on the next steps.

 

 

Monday, 30 January 2017 10:46

National Disability Sport Organisations

National Disability Sport Organisations (NDSO’s) provide opportunities for people with specific impairments to take part in, as well as offer advice and support. For many disabled people, the NDSOs are the starting point to get involved in sport and if they choose to develop their talent. They also support National Governing Bodies of sport to deliver more inclusive programmes. The NDSO’s work closely with the Activity Alliance to achieve their collective aims.

If you are interested in learning more, contact one of the organisations below:

 

Activity AllianceActivity Alliance

Activity Alliance is the strategic lead for sport and physical activity for disabled people in England providing support to National Governing Bodies and a range of other partners to develop sport for disabled people in England.

Contact: www.activityalliance.org.ukThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01509 227750

 

British Blind Sport LogoBritish Blind Sport (BBS)

Since its formation in 1976, BBS has become the leading voice for blind and partially sighted people in sport and leisure in the UK. From grassroots to Paralympic representation, BBS encourages participation in sport at all levels

Contact: www.britishblindsport.org.uk , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01926 424247

 

Cerebral Palsy Sport LogoCerebral Palsy Sport (CP Sport)

CP Sport are the sports organisation for people with Cerebral palsy. They provide advice and guidance as well as delivering sporting opportunities to people of all abilities, from play to performance.

Contact: www.cpsport.org , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 0115 9257027

 

Dwarf Sports LogoDwarf Sports Association UK

Launched in 1993, the Dwarf Sports Association UK aims to make opportunities accessible to anyone of restricted growth in the UK.

Contact: www.dsauk.org , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01246 296485

 

 

Mencap LogoMencap Sport

Mencap Sport is the national organisation promoting and developing sport for people with a learning disability across England.

Contact: www.mencap.org.uk/sport , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Special Olympics GB LogoSpecial Olympics Great Britain (SOGB)

SOGB is a provider of year-round training and competition opportunities for people with a learning disability across England, Scotland and Wales. They also offer a “Find a club” service, accessed via http://specialolympicsgb.org.uk/find-a-club1

Contact: www.specialolympicsgb.org.uk , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 0207 2478891

 

UK Deaf Sport LogoUK Deaf Sport (UKDS)

UK Deaf Sport encourages people who are deaf or hard of hearing to participate, enjoy and excel at sport. They provide information on sporting events throughout the UK and are linked and affiliated to ICSD (the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf) as well as Deaflympics.

Contact: www.ukdeafsport.org.uk or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 07944 467980

 

Wheelpower LogoWheelPower

WheelPower, the national charity for wheelchair sport, provides opportunities, facilities and equipment to enable disabled people to participate in sport and lead healthy active lives. Through its annual programme of events, links to its member sports associations and other organisations, WheelPower supports individuals to find sports which they are passionate about.

Contact: www.wheelpower.org.uk , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01296 395995

 

Limb Power LogoLimb Power

LimbPower is a National Disability Sport Organisation that supports amputees and the limb impaired reach their sporting potential. The Charity's mission is to engage amputees and the limb impaired in regular and sustained participation in recreational and competitive sport, to improve quality of life and aid physical, social and psychological rehabilitation. LimbPower aim's to put each amputee and limb impaired person in touch with the right sport and leisure activity for their needs and ability.

Contact: www.limbpower.co.uk , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 07503 030702

Monday, 30 January 2017 10:45

Customer Charter

Our service pledge is to:

•    Reply to all emails to within 3 working days of receipt
•    Reply to all phone calls and voicemails within 3 working days of the phone call / voicemail being left
•    Reply to all letters sent in the post within 7 working days of receipt

We will also

•    Process all Coach Bowls Membership applications within 21 working days of receipt
•    Process all Play Bowls Road Show applications within 10 days working days of receipt

Monday, 30 January 2017 10:45

Packages

Fun at a club open day

What is the “Play Bowls Package”

The Play Bowls Package has been designed based on the successes of the 2013-2017 Package Scheme which saw nearly 9,000 new people take up club memberships! The scheme aims to 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.

£250 is available for affiliated Bowls England and English Indoor Bowls Association (EIBA Ltd) to deliver a Play Bowls Day (Open Day) followed by 4 x Play Bowls 4 Fun sessions, which are an informal, relaxed, coaching session with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment!

Once all the events are finished and the completed Play Bowls Package Attendance Monitoring Forms are returned to the BDA Office, (forms supplied along with guidance notes) and providing the club has attracted at least 7 new members aged 55 and over or aged 16 and over with a disability, a cheque for £250 will be sent out to the club. (If less the 7 members are retuned the amount is pro-rotated down accordingly)

How can my club apply?

Clubs can apply for one package per year during a package application window and it is open to all affiliated Bowls England and English Indoor Bowls Association (EIBA Ltd) clubs that have a Coach Bowls registered or Coach Bowls Qualified coach.

The application window is currently open and will remain open for applications until 5pm on Friday 31st January 2020 for clubs affiliated to EIBA Ltd only. Please note applications must be submitted at least 28 days prior to the first event Play Bowls Day (Open Day)

The next window for affiliated clubs of Bowls England will open on Monday 3rd February 2020 and close at 5pm on Thursday 30th April 2020.

Please see the downloads section below for the 2019 application form along with terms and conditions. 

Questions?

If you have further questions, please give Chris or Kara a call in the office on 01664 777001 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, 30 January 2017 10:44

Equality in Bowls

The Bowls Development Alliance working in partnership with Bowls England and the English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd has a desire and a duty to provide services fairly, without discrimination, and is fully committed to the principles of equality of access and opportunity. It is widely recognised that sport has an important role to play in society. In this respect the partnership has developed this Equality Policy to illustrate its commitment to the principles of equality of opportunity.

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