Wednesday, 09 October 2019 12:07

WI & Women Can

The WI partner with Women Can 

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

Susan Cooper, Development Director of the BDA, said:“The BDA are delighted to be working with the National Federation of Women’s Institute (NFWI) to provide more opportunities for women of all ages to get active.  It is also a fantastic opportunity for bowls clubs to grow their female membership and to re-address the current gender unbalance” 

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 BDA’s 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. 

The project will see interested WI groups mapped with local bowls clubs, who will take the women through six FUN weekly sessions introducing them to the game. 261 bowls clubs have expressed an interest in taking part so far (214 outdoor clubs and 47 indoor clubs) 

Kara Purvis, WOMEN CAN lead, said: “Bowls Development Alliance and I are very pleased to be working with the Women’s Institute on this initiative to encourage more women to become involved in bowls. Our hope is that through this initiative 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: “This is an 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.”

If you are a WI member and wish to get your group involved in the initiative, then please fill in the Expression of Interest form available at the bottom of the page. 

We have a special ‘Club Finder’ tool available too, so if you are an individual WI member you can use this to see if you have any clubs in your local area who are taking part in the scheme whom you can contact directly. Please click here to go to the tool

If you are a bowls club reading this and you would like to get involved then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Kara on 01664 777001 (Tuesday-Friday 10am-2pm)

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