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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

Monday, 15 May 2017 13:30

BDA Job Vacancy: Club Development Officer

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Position:          Club Development Officer

Salary:             £22,000

Flexible:          Home working from a flexible location but with geographical responsibility for midlands/south. National travel and travel to the Head Office in Melton Mowbray will also be required.

Contract:         This post is on a fixed term basis until 31st March 2021 and is subject to annual confirmation of funding award thereafter.

The Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) is an organisation created to lead on the development of the sport of bowls through the clubs, counties and coaches in England. Working in partnership with Bowls England (BE) and the English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd (EIBA) the BDA aims strengthen resilience in the sport by reaching 104,145 people and directly influencing 36,661

Bowls is a popular sport with low barriers to entry and opportunities to participate throughout the year.  It is a sport that people of all ages and abilities can actively enjoy recreationally through to elite competition. There are currently 198,000 flat green club members in over 2,500 clubs playing bowls.

The BDA is seeking an enthusiastic, motivated and highly organised individual to deliver the new Club Development Programme as part of the BDA four year “Play Bowls 2017-2021“ Strategy. Your work will provide a key contribution to the BDA’s 4 year targets as agreed by Sport England.  This is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference to the core of the sport by supporting and developing clubs across the identified areas, working with key partners and so ensure both the long term sustainability of clubs and help to reinforce a physical habit well into later life.

Applicants will be expected to have a minimum of two years’ experience in sports development including working with clubs at grassroots level. You will need to be a people person with the ability to work alongside and support club committees and volunteers. Candidates will need to demonstrate a good understanding of the sporting landscape.  Knowledge of bowls would be an advantage, but is not essential.

A full job description and person specification is available to download from the download attachments section below or by calling the BDA office on 01664 777001

To apply for these exciting positions please email a CV along with a covering letter outlining how you satisfy the job description and person specification and give reasons why you would be suitable for the role to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For an informal discussion about the post please call the BDA Development Director Susan Cooper, on 07884 358202

Closing date: Wednesday 31st May 2017 (5pm)                                  

Interviews: Wednesday 28th June 2017 in Melton Mowbray

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 07:38

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