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Macmillian LogoThe 1st April 2017 not only signals the start of a new funding period for the BDA but also the commencement of our year long partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support

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.

We have chosen to hold a fundraising week for Macmillan and we are encouraging all Bowls Clubs to join in and help raise awareness and vital funds for people living with cancer.

The fundraising week will be coinciding with the May Bank Holiday from the 22nd May – 29th May inclusive, and we are giving clubs fundraising packs to support their activity. However, you can run a fundraising event at any time throughout the year.

Jo-Ann Wilson, from Macmillan Cancer Support said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as the Bowls Development Alliance’s first charity partner.

“No one should have to face cancer alone and with the support the BDA and Bowls Clubs across England, they won’t have to.

“We would like to thank the 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 funding 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. 

For information on fundraising for Macmillan as a business, group or individual, call 0300 1000 200 or visit

To access support from Macmillan visit or call 0808 808 00 00.

If you require a fundraising pack please contact the BDA office via email with your club details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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