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Club Development ProgrammeA unique club support programme


Created in 2017 as part of Bowls Development Alliance (BDA)’s four-year Sport England-funded Delivery Plan, the Club Development Programme offers Bowls England and English Indoor Bowling Association affiliated clubs across the country a unique support programme to develop and better sustain their current membership numbers and recruit new members into the sport.

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. Each club involved is allocated one of our club development officers who will be supporting the club committee throughout their engagement in the programme. Up to £500 in funding is available to support clubs working on this programme.

The Criteria:

To be eligible to apply, clubs need to meet the following criteria:

• Clubs must be affiliated to either Bowls England or the English Indoor Bowling Association.
• Clubs must have seen a net membership decline of 3% or more over the past 2 years.
• Clubs must be willing to be proactive and take on tasks set out in a Development Plan.
• Clubs must have a demonstrable capacity for membership growth.

To apply, clubs need to fill in a simple online application form [click here to apply online], which is also accessible as a word document at the bottom of this page. To apply, register your interest or to ask for more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

When can you apply?

The 2020 application window for outdoor clubs is currently closed. We will be updating this page once a new application window opens. If indoor clubs are interested in applying, please fill in the application form or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

As we are expecting a high number of applications, we encourage clubs to apply as soon as possible to ensure a timely start. For those clubs that do not meet the criteria, please be aware that the Play Bowls Package is available to all affiliated clubs via the twice-yearly application windows.

The Process:

CDP Process Chart

Our engagement with each club is unique, and depending on the needs, challenges and circumstances we offer a bespoke support package of direct advice and consultation, courses, workshops, templates, guides, examples of best practice and more. Having said that, the core of our engagement with each club involves what is described in the graph above.

To find out more information about what the programme involves, evidence of how its impact on clubs and quotes from club committee members and county officials, please read the Guidance Notes attached below. We have also attached a number of case studies showcasing the positive influence of the Club Development Programme on clubs that took part in it.

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Club Development Programme Related Downloads

Application Forms & Guidance Notes

Guidance Notes (PDF Format): Click here to download

Application Form (Word Format): Click here to download

Case Studies

Banbury Chestnuts BC (PDF Format): Click here to download
Brimfield & Little Hereford BC (PDF Format): Click here to download
Calne BC (PDF Format): Click here to download
Evesham BC (PDF Format): Click here to download
New Earswick IBC (PDF Format): Click here to download
Oasis IBC (PDF Format): Click here to download
Oundle BC (PDF Format): Click here to download