The Bowls Development Alliance [BDA] are delighted to announce that the 2019 Spring Play Bowls package application window has now opened. The window will remain open until 5pm, Tuesday 30th April 2019.
In addition to postal applications, clubs can also apply online using the following link: http://playbowls.org/clubs/online-play-bowls-package-application-form
For more details about BDA package funding visit http://playbowls.org/clubs/play-bowls-package-funding
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.”
As agreed in 2016 with Sport England and the Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) the transition of coaching to the member National Governing Bodies will be effective from April 1st 2019. This transition forms part of a long-term sustainability plan to ensure that coaching is embedded into the sport.
From 1st April 2019 responsibility will move across to English Indoor Bowling Association (EIBA) and Bowls England (BE) who have made a joint commitment to continue to support and develop coaching for the benefit of the sport.
Both British Crown Green Bowling Association and English Short Mat Bowling Association will continue to support Coach Bowls and to encourage all their coaches to move across to the nationally recognised qualifications.
The BDA and the member National Governing Bodies have been working towards a smooth managed transition over the past twelve months and will continue to do so over the remaining four months.
“Coach Bowls” remains under the direct management of the BDA until 31st March 2019.
The BDA will continue to deliver its’ “Play Bowls Strategy” through to March 31st, 2021.
Early next year information will become available from Sport England regarding applications for further funding to take the BDA through to March 31st, 2025.
Finally, as per the joint statement issued by BDA, EIBA, and BE on 1st August 2015, Coach Bowls is and continues to be the only recognised bowls qualification for flat green indoor and outdoor bowls.
Further details about the progress of the transition will be released in early January 2019.
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.
How do I get my hands on a WOMEN CAN pack you asked? Sign up now!