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.
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.
The application window remains open until further notice. 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.
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.
Additional Support for Clubs
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.