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BowlsParc LogoThe Bowls Development Alliance are delighted that Factory Eleven will be supporting the ‘Coach Bowls’ National Coaching Conference to be held on the 22nd March 2018 at the Woodland Grange Hotel in Leamington Spa.

Factory Eleven have been designing and manufacturing sports equipment ranges in the UK since 1996, their business also delivers sports participation promotional events that brings sport to everyone.

Their services have been used by Blue Chip Companies, National and International Sports Governing Bodies, Local Authorities, and a diverse range of sports delivery stakeholders in and across the broader community and within education.

Sports and commercial partners have included the England & Wales Cricket Board, the Lawn Tennis Association, the European Tour, Vodafone, Maersk and the Yorkshire Bank.

Peter Gray, Factory Eleven commented:

“We are extremely pleased to have been offered the opportunity to support the BDA’s inaugural National Coaching Conference in 2018. The BDA have been using our Bowlsparc equipment range since its launch at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and we have received excellent feedback over the last three years on the way this equipment has impacted on their work across club and community activities, which aim to engage new participants by creating inclusive and accessible playing opportunities”

Many Coach Bowls qualified coaches are using this equipment as part of their coaching activities to ensure their coaching is both inclusive and fun, as well as engaging those who are currently outside the club structure.

Some key individuals from the world of coaching will be passing on their experience at the Conference alongside the opportunity for delegates to attend two workshops, one focusing on coaching children and young people and the other the importance of psychology on performance.


David Turner, a Great Britain and England Coach for the javelin throw and resident javelin coach at Loughborough University will be leading the “Working with Children & Young People” workshop at the Coaching-Making A Positive Difference conference to be held on 22nd March 2018 at the Woodland Grange Hotel in Leamington Spa.

David has co-authored several books on coaching children including “First Steps into Coaching”, “Coaching Children 5-12” and “How to Coach the Fundamentals of Movement”

David is passionate about coaching children and young people in a developmentally appropriate way throughout their sporting life and is a huge advocate of the “Youth Physical Development Model”

The highlight of his coaching career to date came in July 2017 when David coached Hollie Arnold to a gold medal and a world record for javelin at the IPC World Para-athletics Championships in London

We are delighted that David will leading the workshop.

For more information regarding Coach Bowls or the Coach Bowls Confernace please visit or click here

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Coach Bowls Conference - Breaking news 26/10/17

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The BDA are delighted to have secured Nigel Redman, the current Head of Performance Team Development for British Swimming as the keynote speaker at the Coaching-Making A Positive Difference conference next March

In his current role he is tasked with supporting and developing the Performance Team on their journey to Tokyo 2020

Nigel played for Bath Rugby club on more than 300 occasions and gained 20 caps playing for England

He was also a member of the successful British and Irish Lions team on their tour of South Africa in 1997 where he captained the team on two occasions.

After retiring in 1999 Nigel began his coaching career that included time with England and in the Aviva Premiership.

Nigel is a believer in the saying “you owe it to your players to be the best coach you can possibly be” and during his time as a coach has worked his way through the coaching awards to become only one of a handful of coaches to be awarded Level 5 status. He has worked alongside some of UK’s best Olympic coaches as part of the UK Sport Elite Coach Programme.

As well as British Swimming he has worked as a coach and mentor to coaches and leaders of Winter Olympic and Summer Olympic sports, Premier League Football and the Rugby Football Union

We are delighted he will be our keynote speaker and look forward to hearing more about his career in coaching.

More news to follow

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Coach Bowls Conference

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£2We are delighted to announce that on Thursday 22nd March 2018 Coach Bowls will be hosting the first ever coaching conference for bowls coaches.

The event will take place at the Woodland Grange Hotel in Royal Leamington Spa and will run from 11am (10.30am registration) to 5pm (to include a 3 course lunch and refreshments all day).

The event aims to be inspiring and thought provoking as well as providing coaches with the opportunity to take away ideas that they can use in their own coaching plans.

More than 600 coaches recently replied to a survey asking for their thoughts and ideas and we are incorporating many of these in the day. It will include ideas on working with children and young people and looking into how the psychology of sport can improve performance.

The BDA are delighted to have secured Nigel Redman, the current Head of Performance Team Development for British Swimming as the conference keynote speaker. The new Coach Bowls National Coaching Awards will also be launched and awarded at this event.

Places are limited so early booking is advised

The price of the conference is:

  • £45 for non-Coach Bowls Members
  • £30 for Coach Bowls Members.

You can book online by clicking here

More details will be released in due course.

A new initiative that aims to help bowls clubs across England to develop, better sustain their current membership numbers and recruit new members in the sport has been launched.

The Club Development Programme has been created by the Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) as part of its four-year Delivery Plan funded by Sport England.

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.

Susan Cooper, BDA Development Director, said: “The BDA was delighted to secure a further four years of funding from Sport England that will help to both sustain and grow the sport of bowls through to the 31st March 2021.

 The Club Development Programme forms a key part of our overall Delivery Plan for this period. It is an invite only programme that has been created to directly support those clubs who are most in need of external support and have found it especially hard to maintain their membership levels and to recruit new members. We will continue to review the programme and more clubs will be invited to take part as we move forward.”

The BDA is working closely with Bowls England and the English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd to identify those clubs for whom participation in the programme will be of greatest benefit.

Tony Allcock MBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted that our clubs will benefit from this initiative. I am sure those clubs who do sign up to the programme will benefit from the specialist advice and support that will be available. We would encourage any clubs who are invited in future to take up this opportunity.”

Peter Thompson, EIBA Ltd Chief Executive, added: “The English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd is pleased that there is funding and support available to our Clubs who are wanting to maintain and ultimately increase their membership. The opportunity to utilise the services and experience of dedicated development staff is a huge boost for the growth of the sport.”

Clubs that have been selected to participate in Phase One of the programme are:

  • Bilton Bowls Club (Warwickshire)
  • Consett Park Bowls Club (Durham)
  • Darlington and District Indoor Bowls Club (Durham)
  • Entaco Bowls Club (Warwickshire)
  • Horsham and District Indoor Bowls Club (Sussex)
  • New Earswick and District Indoor Bowls Club (Yorkshire)
  • Oxford University Press Bowls Club (Oxfordshire)
  • Painswick Bowls Club (Gloucestershire)
  • Riverside Indoor Bowls Club (Hampshire)
  • Uxbridge Bowls Club (Middlesex)

Clubs for Phase One were identified using the following criteria:

  • Clubs must be affiliated to either Bowls England or the English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd
  • Clubs must not reside in a 2016 BDA Hotspot area
  • Clubs must have the capacity for membership growth
  • Clubs must have had significant membership percentage decline or gross membership loss over recent years

Clubs who take part in the programme will meet with a BDA Club Development Officer and agree as a partnership a Club Development Plan that will focus on the needs of the club. They will work to complete the actions within the Development Plan across an agreed time frame. Clubs will be supported throughout by the BDA and they will receive £500 to support actions identified within their Development Plan.

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Summer Package Window Now Open!

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The Bowls Development Alliance [BDA] are delighted to announce that the 2017 Summer Play Bowls package application window has now opened. The window will remain open until 5pm, Thursday 31st August 2017.

In addition to postal applications, clubs can also apply online using the following link:

For more details about BDA package funding visit

We are delighted to announce Macmillan Cancer Support as our ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2017/18. We are kicking off our partnership with a fundraising week from the 22nd May – 29th May and we are encouraging all Bowls Clubs to join in to help us raise awareness and vital funds for people living with cancer.

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. 

To launch the partnership, the BDA are hosting a Macmillan week from 22nd May to the 29th May and are encouraging as many clubs as possible to host a charity “spider”, with the proceeds going to Macmillan. There is also a prize draw for the club who sends the best photo of the spider in progress, judged by a panel consisting of Peter Gray of Factory 11 who manufacture the BowlsParc equipment which is being offered as first prize in the draw, Susan Cooper BDA development director and Jo Anne Wilson from Macmillan.

To enter the prize draw, send your photos and how much money your spider raised to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tweet @BowlsDA or post to the Bowls Development Alliance Facebook page. Of course, you can always submit hard copies to our Head Office in Melton Mowbray by post, the address of which is available via

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Professional Bowls Performance Coaching

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We have had a number of queries regarding the establishment of a new coaching organisation offering services to bowlers.

Coach Bowls would like to clarify that ‘Professional Bowls Performance Coaching’ is not an associated body of Coach Bowls, Bowls England or English Indoor Bowling Association. It is not run by Coach Bowls Qualified coaches and is not endorsed by the organisations and has not approached Coach Bowls in any official capacity.

There is no conflict of interest at the present time between the organisation and Coach Bowls, as Coach Bowls currently does not offer direct coaching to players. Coach Bowls offers training to coaches who may also be in a position to offer appropriate coaching to performance bowlers.

The Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) has been awarded £1,628,512 from the Sport England investment strand that aims not only to bring new people into the sport but to ensure that the club environment is such that members develop an activity habit that continues well into later life.


The BDA is the umbrella organisation for flat green bowls and it works in partnership with Bowls England and the English Indoor Bowling Association to both grow the sport and provide opportunities for people to keep active by playing bowls and in so doing maintain an active lifestyle. The sport provides both a social and competitive environment in which to play and is accessible for everyone.


Funding will be used to support over 200 bowls clubs over the next four years to ensure clubs can be the very best they can be. Clubs will be encouraged to identify those areas where they believe they can improve to help provide the very best environment where people want to spend their leisure time.


In order to continue to bring new people into the sport of bowls, funding will also be used to help clubs recruit new members through the updated Play Bowls Package Scheme. The first window for applications opens on the 1st February (details to be found on


Susan Cooper, the Development Director for the BDA is delighted with the award:


 “This funding will allow the team to build on the work of the past four years and directly support clubs for the first time. It also reflects on the excellent work since 2013 with more than 12,000 new people taking up bowls not including the 3,000 more people 16 and over with a disability who have taken up the sport over this period of time”


Further information on all new initiatives will become available over the next few months and can be viewed on or by calling the team on 01664 777001