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We are today pleased to release a special edition of our newsletter focusing on the funding opportunities that we have available to all affiliated clubs of Bowls England and EIBA Ltd. 

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2018 Love Fisher Brown Award Winners Rookery Bowling Club.

The Bowls Development Alliance, Bowls England, Disability Bowls England and the English Indoor Bowling Association, who together form the Bowls Disability Steering Group, are delighted to announce the new launch of the Love Fisher Brown Award.

The 2019 Love Fisher Brown Award, sponsored by Para Handy and Drakes Pride, was created to recognise clubs that provide disabled participation opportunities for their bowlers. This award, named after the remarkable and inspiring Commonwealth Games achievements of Bob Love, David Fisher and Paul Brown, showcases the excellent work being undertaken by clubs with disabled bowlers around the country, and provide a benchmark for other clubs to aspire to.

Andy Semple from Para Handy said of the Love Fisher Brown Award:We have been lucky enough to witness first-hand the incredible positive impact of disabled bowlers on the sport of bowling. That is why we at Para-Handy Bowling Wheelchairs are honoured to be associated with the Love-Fisher-Brown award.

All clubs affiliated to either Bowls England or English Indoor Bowling Association that offer opportunities for disabled bowlers are encouraged to nominate. We welcome applications from all clubs working with disabled people, including: running regular sessions for disabled bowlers; positively affecting a disabled person or group’s physical, social and/or mental well-being through bowls; or successfully integrating a number of disabled people into the club. Nominations can be submitted by anyone within the club (e.g. club member, volunteer, coach or committee member), or outside the club (e.g. disabled participant, carer, friend or relative).

Clubs can be nominated by completing the 2019 Love Fisher Brown nomination form, accessible from Bowls Development Alliance’s website: http://playbowls.org/disability-bowls/love-fisher-brown-award. Nominators can either email the completed form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or complete the paper form and post it to:

Bowls Development Alliance,
Pera Business Park,
Nottingham Rd,
Melton Mowbray,
LE13 0PB.

The Love Fisher Brown Award Winner will receive:
1.    A Winner’s Trophy.
2.    A Winner’s Framed Certificate.
3.    A Para Handy Bowls Wheelchair with the winning club logo on the wheel.
4.    A celebration event with Disability Bowls England.

The two Love Fisher Brown Award Runners-up will receive:
1.    A Runner-up framed certificate.
2.    1 Drakes Pride Bowling Arm

Entries for the award open on Thursday 5th September at 9am and close on Friday 22nd November at 5pm. The winner and the two runners-up will be announced on 3rd December 2019.

The award guidance notes, nomination form and further information can all be accessed on BDA’s website: http://playbowls.org/disability-bowls/love-fisher-brown-award. For more details on the Love Fisher Brown Award, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07826 929 604.

Tuesday, 06 August 2019 09:43

2019 National Participation Survey

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The Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) are delighted to announce the launch of the National Participation Survey which allows current and former players, alongside those who have not played the sport of bowls before, to tell the BDA why they do, what they do. 

Understanding the key motivating factors which influence how, why and where people spend their leisure time will greatly assist the BDA in ensuring that the marketing, branding and products offered, align in such a way that they can best connect with the relevant target markets. 

The Survey is also a chance for current and former players to donate a small amount of their time back into bowls in order to make a big difference to the future direction of the sport, particularly at grass roots level where the BDA focuses its activities. 

Jon Hart, Development Manager for the BDA, “For the survey to be fully effective, it is vital that it is promoted as widely as possible, not just through the traditional networks to the current bowls community but further to the general public so we can receive responses from those outside the sport currently. This will enable the BDA to significantly enhance its position when working to increase the numbers of people playing bowls. More than 4,000 people completed the survey last year and we hope that even more of you will do so this time around, which will help us to shape our future work in the development of the sport of bowls.

 To complete the survey, please visit the following link before the closing date of Friday, 31st December 2019 - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TJN98L2

We have received notification from Sport England that, as of November 2019, the Clubmark accreditation scheme will be coming to end.

The scheme has brought about a significant improvement in standards across the community sports sector. In part due to Clubmark’s success, there are elements of the existing scheme (e.g. safeguarding/duty of care and governance) which were positioned as ‘best practice’ at its creation but are now deemed to be essential aspects of any club’s operations.

In order to continue to promote club development, a new ‘Health Check’ tool will be launched in December 2019 on the Club Matters platform. The new tool will offer bespoke support depending on the club’s size and needs and will guide clubs through different stages of their development. Furthermore, Club Matters will continue to provide resources, tools and new content to support the development of your club and keep you up to date!

For those clubs that already have Clubmark, your accreditation will remain valid until it expires. It will continue to be acknowledged and a toolkit is being prepared to help you maintain the standards that Clubmark has promoted.

For those clubs that are interested in becoming accredited you need to express an interest via the Clubmark website by the 2nd August at the latest and be prepared to complete the process by mid- November.

If you have any further questions regarding the Clubmark accreditation scheme or the new Sport England ‘Health Check’ tool, please contact the Club Matters team on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Bowls Development Alliance [BDA] are delighted to announce that the 2019 Summer Play Bowls package application window has now opened. The window will remain open until 5pm, Monday 30th September 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 (BDA) is delighted to announce the launch of the exciting new project with the National Federation of Women’s Institute (NFWI)which aims to introduce more women into 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 140 WI groups mapped with local bowls clubs who will take the women through six FUN weekly sessions introducing them to the game. 237 bowls clubs have expressed an interest in taking part (196 outdoor clubs and 41 indoor clubs) 

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”

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.” 

For more information on this exciting new programme and the WOMEN CAN campaign please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website where our campaign video can be viewed at www.playbowls.org/womencan  showcasing what the sport can offer women of all ages.

Monday, 03 June 2019 15:20

50 Women Can Packages available now

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Does your club need more women members? Have you thought about running a special event just for women?

If you have now is the chance to apply for £250 to help you set up and run the event.

We are inviting 50 clubs to apply for a Women Can Funding Package to support an exciting women only event at your club.

It might be a Prosecco & Bowls evening , Cappuccino & Bowls morning or Cake & Bowls on a lovely sunny afternoon all focused on introducing new women into your club.

To for more details and to download the application form please click here or call Kara in the BDA office 01664 777001 for more information.

The event needs to be run by the end of November 2019. Applications are open to clubs that may have applied this year for a Play Bowls Package but is not available to clubs that are working with the Women’s Institute programme.

All clubs must be affiliated to Bowls England and/or the EIBA. 

Let us know how it goes!

Friday, 10 May 2019 12:37

Calling all clubs!

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Calling all clubs!

You may or may not be aware that we recently (the BDA) announced an exciting new partnership with the National Federation of Women’s Institute (NFWI)

The partnership aims to provide opportunities for WI members to get involved in the sport of bowls through our WOMEN CAN campaign.

Currently, only 32% of the bowling club population in England are women and this campaign has been developed to increase that number to 45% by 2021 and of course bring more members to your bowls club.

The programme invites WIs and Federations to take part in a 6-week bowls programme, hosted by a bowls club like yours, local to the applicant WI. Members will be required to pay a small nominal weekly fee of £3 per person, per week to take part (payable to hosting club). 

Your club will need to identify someone to communicate with the local WI to make all the necessary arrangements

What is required from your club?

  • A friendly, welcoming approach
  • Capacity to host a WI group for 6 weeks (1-2hrs once a week for 6 weeks)
  • Club equipment to loan to the group (bowls)
  • Refreshments available for the group to purchase/ tea and coffee facilities
  • A coach or club activator to meet the group and support them through the 6-week programme
  • A relaxed dress code which allows the group to bowl in smart/casual clothes

We are now inviting all affiliated clubs to express an interest in hosting a WI group. This is not a guarantee that you will be selected to be part of a programme as there may not be any groups in your area, but we aim to get as many clubs involved as possible.

If you would like to put your club forward, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Kara on 01664 777001 with your club name, location, key contact name and contact details including phone number and email address by no later then Monday 20th May 2019.

Once the deadline has passed Kara, our WOMEN CAN project lead, will start the process of putting the club contact in touch with the lead WI contact so that both parties can agree that best day/times for the group to come down to the club. We currently have over 125 WI Groups looking to get involved.

Thank you.

Rookery BC
 
The 2018 Love Fisher Brown Award, sponsored by Factory Eleven, was created to recognise clubs that provide disabled participation opportunities for their bowlers. This award, named after the remarkable and inspiring Commonwealth Games achievements of Bob Love, David Fisher and Paul Brown, showcases the excellent work being undertaken by clubs with disabled bowlers around the country, and provide a benchmark for other clubs to aspire to. The Disability Steering Group panel, comprised of representatives from the Activity Alliance, Bowls Development Alliance, Bowls England, Disability Bowls England and English Indoor Bowling Association, assessed each of the 16 strong nominations, and after much discussion and thought are delighted to announced that the following entries have been selected as this year’s prize winners:
 
  • 2018 Love Fisher Brown Award Winners – Rookery Bowling Club
  • 2018 Love Fisher Brown Award Runner Up – Peacehaven & Telscombe Bowls Club
  • 2018 Love Fisher Brown Award Runner Up – Donyngs Indoor Bowling Club
Furthermore, for their outstanding achievements over the past year and the quality of their nominations, the following clubs have been Highly Commended: City and County of Bristol IBC; Lincoln & District IBC; Riverside IBC; and Stoke BC.
 
On behalf of the award panel, George Babalev (Club Development Co-ordinator and Disability Lead for the Bowls Development Alliance) said: “The standard of entries proved to be exceptionally high and the nature of the activities detailed within them were both inspiring and humbling. All sixteen entries had much to be commended for and it is extremely heartening to hear of the fantastic work that is taking place to provide opportunities for disabled people to participate in bowls. Ultimately, however, there has to be a winner and Rookery Bowling Club were the award panel’s choice to receive the 2018 Love Fisher Brown Award with the entries from Peacehaven & Telscombe BC and Donyngs IBC securing the two runner-up prizes.

Throughout the year, Love Fisher Brown Award entrants will be profiled, and their great work showcased. The first entrant to be profiled is the 2018 Love Fisher Brown Award winners Rookery Bowling Club.

In the autumn of 2017, members of the committee of Rookery Bowls Club set up Stowmarket Rookery Community Bowls Group to get as many groups and people with disabilities as active as possible, meet new people and achieve personal goals of their own through bowls. The club is currently working in the community 5 days a week promoting the bowls club as a "happy" place to be. The club:
  • visits 5 care homes and now have group visits booked 4 - 5 times a week, well into 2019.
  • engages with over 60 people per week in care homes.
  • forms part of the local Dementia Action Alliance.
  • helped a visually impaired man achieve his goal of competing with sighted people.
  • invites and inspires all disabled people to leave their chairs and join the club to achieve the goals of their own!
  • is updating and refurbishing their building to become a fully accessible community hub equipped with lots of dementia friendly games, activities and films for their visitors at the community sessions. 
You can learn more about what the dedicated committee members and volunteers from Rookery BC are doing by watching this short video.
 
Chris Brooks, the club recruitment and advertisement lead said:I believe that our success in just over a year proves that if all bowls clubs adopted or adapted our project in their location it would also be a huge success for them too. It would provide a win-win situation for bowling clubs and disability groups and individuals throughout the country.

I have been blown away by the enthusiasm of the group and their appetite to create new opportunities for their local community. Through their good work they are not only reducing isolation and loneliness by bringing people together, but they are also making a positive difference to physical activity levels in the area – something that has long lasting benefits for both the individual concerned and the wider communityAdam Baker, Strategic Lead for Physical Activity Directorate of Health, Wellbeing and Children’s Services Suffolk County Council.
Thursday, 24 January 2019 08:40

The WI partner with Women Can

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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.”

For more information on this exciting new programme and the  WOMEN  CAN campaign please contact Anna Coulson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website where our campaign video can be viewed at www.playbowls.org/womencan  showcasing what the sport can offer women of all ages.