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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 12:17

What the WI's and clubs are saying

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"I'm pleased to say that the three ladies who participated in the scheme really seemed to enjoy themselves with the result that two of them have already joined our Club. Thanks for your help"
Elizabeth Dack, Ladies Hon. Sec. Wivenhoe Bowls Club

"We have been very appreciative of the time and effort that every member of the club (Dean Cross and Oreston Bowls Club), especially the ladies’ team, has given to introduce us to what had previously been a relatively unfamiliar activity.  They were very welcoming and ensured we had a selection of different weight bowls to practice with, guiding us as to which weight to try, ensuring that we were able to play, whilst ensuring we were confident that we would place the bowls on the green in the area they were supposed to be. 

The sessions were so enjoyable that some of our ladies have already expressed an interest in joining the club, which shows that without the implementation of the campaign, they probably would not have even thought of approaching the club let alone the sport itself.

Thank you for introducing Bowls to us."
Pam Bugler, President Elburton WI

"Solihull Municipal Club are looking after us fantastically and we are all having a lot of fun and learning a new skill!"
Louise Thornton, Hockley Heath WI

"They (The Avenue Bowls Club) were super people, very welcoming and friendly and we did enjoy our taster sessions.  I think some ladies, including myself, may continue next year but at a more local club to us.  Overall it was a very enjoyable experience!   Thanks again for all your help!" 
Pat Middleton, Packwood & Bentley Heath WI

"We started our Bowls sessions yesterday, at Steeple Morden Bowls club, and had a wonderful time-everyone so friendly, and two lady coaches really good."
Jean Emes, Royston (PM) WI

"On behalf of Everton & Lymore WI, we would like to say a big thank you for putting us in touch with New Milton Bowls Club, we have had a couple of sessions and we are really enjoying it and everyone at the club has been very friendly and welcoming.  We look forward to many more happy hours bowling."
Penny Clark,Everton & Lymore WI

Wednesday, 09 October 2019 12:11

Clubs and the WI

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Get you club involved with our new WI partnership 

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 39% 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 (Tuesday-Friday 10am-2pm) with your club name, location, key contact name and contact details including phone number and email address.

Wednesday, 09 October 2019 12:07

WI & Women Can

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The WI partner with Women Can 

The Bowls Development Alliance is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with the National Federation of Women’s Institute (NFWI). 

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” 

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 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 interested WI groups mapped with local bowls clubs, who will take the women through six FUN weekly sessions introducing them to the game. 261 bowls clubs have expressed an interest in taking part so far (214 outdoor clubs and 47 indoor clubs) 

Kara Purvis, WOMEN CAN lead, said: “Bowls Development Alliance and I are very pleased to be working with the Women’s Institute on this initiative to encourage more women to become involved in bowls. Our hope is that through this initiative 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: “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.”

If you are a WI member and wish to get your group involved in the initiative, then please fill in the Expression of Interest form available at the bottom of the page. 

We have a special ‘Club Finder’ tool available too, so if you are an individual WI member you can use this to see if you have any clubs in your local area who are taking part in the scheme whom you can contact directly. Please click here to go to the tool

If you are a bowls club reading this and you would like to get involved then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Kara on 01664 777001 (Tuesday-Friday 10am-2pm)

Monday, 30 September 2019 10:06

Bowls Disability Mark

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BOWLS DISABILITY MARK – recognising clubs who aim to be inclusive to all

The Bowls Disability Mark is an accreditation scheme developed to recognise and reward those affiliated bowls clubs who are inclusive and welcoming to disabled people.

It represents another step forward for disability bowls within England. Aside from the recognition that the accreditation will bring to clubs, it will also allow national and local bowling and/or disabled organisations to have the confidence to recommend your club’s facilities to disabled, and non-disabled people, who wish to take up the sport.

It is important that all clubs strive to be as inclusive as possible and embed themselves within their local community.

In addition, obtaining the accreditation will:
•    Raise the profile of your club                                              
•    Bring your club new members
•    Give your club priority for hosting Disability Bowls England competitions
•    Increase your club’s chances for funding, sponsorship and facility hire

More information about the scheme can be accessed on the BDA website from where the Bowls Disability Mark Club Pack can be downloaded. If your club would like to be considered for the Bowls Disability Mark then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on the next steps.

Monday, 03 June 2019 15:40

Women Can Package

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Women Can Package

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

  • Prosecco & Bowl / Cocktails & Bowl / Sangria & bowls
  • Rock & Bowl
  • Cappuccino & Bowl
  • Afternoon tea & bowl
  • Mum & Daughter Get Bowling 

We are inviting 50 clubs to apply for a Women Can Funding Package while up to £250 to support an exciting women only event at your club. The application form should be quick and easy to completed and can be found from the Download attachments section below!

Please note that the funding is paid out after then events and completed monitoring forms returned. It is subject to terms and conditions and certain requirements being met please see the terms and conditions on the application form for more details.

The process:

  • Identify date & time for the event
  • Identify date & time for 4 follow up FUN sessions
  • Send your Women Can Package Application in prior to the events leaving enough time for the application to be approved!
  • Identify female club members to run the event (including any female qualified coaches) but ensure all club members are aware of the event and can help promote. Identify a specific role for everyone
  • Use flyers from the “Women Can” package to promote the event:
  • Target specific women groups
  • Identify local businesses and hand out flyers to female staff
  • Ask all your club members to invite a female friend/family member
  • Put out a press release in local papers/speak to local radio
  • Targeted leaflet drop
  • Identify a local female ambassador/England player to support the event – they can help you to market the event so get them involved right from the start
  • Produce banners and display in prominent places.
  • Purchase food/drink as appropriate
  • Prepare music list for the Rock & Bowl event
  • Prepare a flyer for those attending to take away with details of follow up opportunities. 

On the day:

  • Make the club look its best -add bunting/flowers give a welcoming feel
  • Set out green/rink with equipment -have a selection of sizes of bowls and some FUN equipment
  • Have name badges available for members and those new attending
  • Complete Women Can register as part of meet and greet
  • Get participants on the green -make it FUN
  • Have refreshments available for the entire event.


  • Call all those who attended and confirm if they are coming to the follow up event
  • Thank you letter to ambassador
  • Thank you email to all club members who helped both prior to the event and at the event it’s self.
Tuesday, 20 November 2018 09:21

Women Can Sign Up

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 Women Can Logo SIGN UP

Please complete the form below to Sign Up for Women Can and to receive your free electronic Women Can resource pack. Please note this process is not to apply for the Women Can Package funding. if you are looking to apply for the Women Can Package funding please click here

Tuesday, 02 October 2018 13:19

Women Can on TV

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 Women Can Logo ON TV

Please watch the below a clip of Women Can on BBC Spotlight broadcast on Friday 7th September 2018


Women Can Logos

Thursday, 19 July 2018 11:43

Women Can Sign Up Complete

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Women Can Logo Sign up Complete

Thank you for signing up to receive information about the Women Can campaign.

To complete the process please can you verify your email address by the following the link in the email we have just sent you (it might have been flagged as junk or spam, so please check these folders!)


The BDA Team


Friday, 25 May 2018 10:46

Privacy & Cookies Policy

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 We at the Bowls Development Alliance, Pera Business Park, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, Leics, LE13 0EX (“we” or “our” or “us”) want to make sure all the personal information we have collected about you, , is safe and secure whether we collect it through our website’s at, and (“Site”) or from other sources.  This Policy set outs our commitments to you, in compliance with and beyond the General Data Protection Regulation (commonly known as the GDPR) and explains how we collect, store and use your personal information.

We have not appointed a Data Protection Officer to oversee our compliance with data protection laws as we not required to do so, but our Finance & Governance Manager has overall responsibility for data protection compliance in our organisation.  If you have any questions about this Policy or what we do with your personal information, their contact details are set out in the "Contact" section below.


Collecting specific, relevant personal information is a necessary part of us being able to provide you with any services you may request from us or in providing services to our customers and members or just managing our relationship with you.

When we hold or use your personal information as a data controller (see below for a description of what this is) we will provide you with a privacy notice which sets out in detail what information we hold about you (such as your contact details, address, etc.), how your personal information may be used and the reasons for these uses, together with details of your rights. 

Where we collect personal information from you directly, we will provide this privacy notice at the time we collect the personal information from you.  Where we receive your personal information indirectly, we will provide this privacy notice when we first contact you, first pass the data to someone else or within a month, whichever is the earlier.

We will only provide this privacy notice to you once, generally at the start of our relationship with you.  However if the applicable privacy notice is updated substantially, then we may provide you with details of the updated version.  You are encouraged to check back regularly for updates.

Copies of our current privacy notices can be found below:

  • Member privacy notice –

Please note that it is possible for you to be covered by more than one privacy notice, for example you may be a member who comes onto our premises and is recorded on CCTV.  In this example both our member privacy notice and our CCTV privacy notice would apply to you.


A data controller is a person who controls how personal information is processed and used.  A data processor is a person who processes and uses personal information in accordance with the instructions of a third party, i.e. the data controller.

This distinction is important.  You have certain rights in relation to your personal information, for example the right to be provided with the personal information held about you and details of its use and the right to have certain of your personal information either erased or anonymised, commonly referred to as the right to be forgotten (see below to see what rights you have).  These rights can generally only be exercised against a data controller of your information. 

In most cases we will not be a data controller of your personal information.  In any case where we are not a data controller this means that you cannot exercise these rights against us directly (i.e. where we only act as a data processor), but you can do so against the data controller (i.e. the person who controls how we process the personal information).  In these cases we will endeavour to inform you who is the data controller of your personal information so that you can direct any such requests to them.

Also it is only a data controller that will provide you with a privacy notice about your personal information, so where we process your personal information as a data controller we will provide you with a privacy notice.  Where we process your personal information as a data processor for a third party, that third party should provide you with a privacy notice which will set out details regarding the processing of your personal information, which should also include the processing to be carried out by us on their behalf.


We will use your personal information as described in the privacy notice provided to you, but, for example, we may use your personal information to administer any account(s) you have with us or to send you information we think you might find useful, provided you have indicated that you are happy to be contacted for these purposes.  To see how we use your personal information, please see our current privacy notices, which can be accessed below:

  • Member privacy notice –


Details of how we disclose your personal information are set out in the relevant privacy notice provided to you, but generally it is where we need to do so in order to run our organisation (e.g. where other people process information for us). In such circumstances, we will put in place arrangements to protect your personal information.  Outside of that we do not disclose your personal information unless we are required to do so by law. 

If we transfer personal information about you outside the European Economic Area (EEA), we will let you know and ensure that all reasonable security measures are taken and that any third party processers will be required to process the information in accordance with information protection laws and we will notify you in your privacy notice if we are the information controller.

We do not sell, trade or rent your personal information to others.


Further details of how long we hold onto your personal information for are set out in the relevant privacy notice provided to you, but we will only hold your information for as long as is necessary or where you ask us to delete records we may delete it earlier. 

The duration for which we retain your personal information will differ depending on the type of information and the reason why it was collected. However, in some cases personal information may be retained on a long term basis: for example, personal information that we need to retain for legal purposes will normally be retained for at least six years in accordance with usual commercial practice and regulatory requirements.

what are Your rights?

Full details of your rights set out in the relevant privacy notice provided to you, but you are entitled by law to ask for a copy of your personal information at any time. You are also entitled to ask us to correct, delete or update your personal information, to send your personal information to you or another organisation and to object to automated decision making. Where you have given us your consent to use your personal information in a particular manner, you also have the right to withdraw this consent at any time. 

To exercise any of your rights, or if you have any questions relating to your rights, please contact us by using the details set out in the "Contact" section below. You can also unsubscribe from any direct marketing by clicking on the unsubscribe link in the marketing messages we send to you.

You should note that some of your rights may not apply as they have specific requirements and exemptions which apply to them and they may not also apply to personal information recorded and stored by us.  However your right to withdraw consent or object to processing for direct marketing are absolute rights.

If you are unhappy with the way we are using your personal information you can complain to the UK Information Commissioner’s Office or your local data protection regulator. More information about your legal rights can be found on the Information Commissioner’s website at  However, we are here to help and would encourage you to contact us to resolve your complaint first.

linking with third party sites

Our Site may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our commercial partners, other national and regional bodies, advertisers and clubs.  If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and they will be a data controller of your personal information. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies and you should check these policies before you submit any personal information to these websites.

In addition, if you linked to this Site from a third-party site, we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of the owners or operators of that third-party site and recommend that you check the policy of that third party site and contact its owner or operator if you have any concerns or questions.


We employ a variety of technical and organisational measures to keep your personal information safe and to prevent unauthorised access to, or use, or disclosure of it. Unfortunately, no information transmission over the Internet is guaranteed 100% secure nor is any storage of information always 100% secure, but we do take all appropriate steps to protect the security of your personal information. 


Certain parts of our Site use "cookies" to keep track of your visit and to help you navigate between sections. A cookie is a small data file that certain websites store on your computer's hard-drive when you visit such websites. Cookies can contain information such as your user ID and the pages you have visited. The only personal information a cookie contains is information that you have personally supplied.

We use cookies on our Site to enable us to deliver content that is specific to your interests and gives us an idea of which parts of the Site you are visiting and to recognise you when you return to the Site. Reading cookies does not give us access to other information on your computer's hard-drive and our Site will not read cookies created by other websites that you have visited.

You may refuse to accept cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. If, however, you select this setting you may be unable to access certain parts of the Site. Unless you have adjusted your browser settings so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies when you access the Site.

Please note providers of third party content may also use cookies over which we have no control.


In common with most websites, our Site logs various information about visitors, including internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP) information, referring / exit pages and date / time stamp.

We may use this information to analyse trends, administer the Site, track your movement around the Site and gather broad demographic information.

Changes to this policy

Any changes we may make to this Policy in the future will be posted on our Site and, where appropriate, notified to you by e-mail. When we change this Policy in a material way, we will update the version date at the bottom of this page. Please check back frequently to see any updates or changes to this Policy and should you object to any alteration, please contact us as set out in the "Contact" section below.


In the event of any query or complaint in connection with the information we hold about you, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write to us at BDA, Pera Business Park, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 0PB

Our Finance & Governance Manager can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Whilst this privacy policy sets out a general summary of your legal rights in respect of personal information, this is a very complex area of law. More information about your legal rights can be found on the Information Commissioner’s website at

Version Date: 25th May 2018


Wednesday, 09 May 2018 10:36

Women Can Merchandise

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Time to get more women playing, coaching and volunteering in bowls!

Women Can LogoThe Bowls Development Alliance (BDA), are delighted to offer the following offical WOMEN CAN products now available to purchase:

Women Can Jute Bag

36.5cm wide x 30cm tall Jute Bag with handles with the Women Can logo printed on both sides. (Sizes are appox)


Women Can Polo Shirt

100% Cotton White Polo Shirt with the Women Can Logo on the Left Hand Breast. Machine Washable at 30deg. Sizes S - XL


Price £5.50 each including postage

To order a Jute Bag please click here


Price £9.95 each including postage

To order a Polo Shirt please click here


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