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Website Review

Bowls England is currently undertaking a review of its website, – and is welcoming the feedback from its members and supporters to assist with this process.

We have prepared a number of questions below and your input would be appreciated:
- What do you like about the current website?
- What do you dislike about the current website?
- What are your main reasons for visiting the Bowls England website?
- What features and functionalities would you like to be incorporated within a new website?
- What other websites do you like? Why are they attractive to you? (E.g. ease of navigation, bright colours, features, animation)

Please email your comments to

Bowls England Extends Eligibility Criteria for Coaching Bursaries

Bowls England is delighted to announce additional support in a bid to help more members to undertake Coach Bowls qualifications.
The Bowls England Coaching Bursary offers affiliated members 50 per cent of the cost of recognised Coach Bowls courses. Since its introduction in 2013, a total of 225 members have been awarded a bursary towards the formal coaching qualifications and modules offered under the Coach Bowls banner.
Now, the criteria for awards has been revised to enable two members of any affiliated club to apply for a bursary within any two year period – meaning that two members of the same club wishing to attend the same course can now apply for funding support.
Tony Allcock MBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “The provision of coaching to bowlers of all levels is vital to the long-term future of our sport. Bowls England therefore introduced the coaching bursary to demonstrate its support to all members wishing to obtain Coach Bowls qualifications and has been very well received. However, feedback has been received that the criteria of one member per club, per year, restricted some of those who wished to attend a course with one of their fellow club members. Therefore, we trust the revised criteria will enable even more members to attend courses in the future and help to make a big difference to their clubs in particular and the sport in general.”
To download the Coaching Bursary application form, or to visit the frequently asked questions, visit:
Coach Bowls is the only nationally recognised coaching qualification for the sport of bowls in England. For more details on Coach Bowls, including information on membership and training opportunities for coaches, go to:

Celebration Matches

Bowls England has published the information below with regards to BE celebration matches.

a) The Board resolved that from 2015 – 2019 Bowls England would be prepared to consider requests for matches from Clubs celebrating 25 years. In addition, Clubs that have special celebrations such as the opening of a new clubhouse or green would be considered.

b) The Board resolved that during this period County Associations would be invited to apply for a celebration match against Bowls England.

It is expected that over the coming years there will be a reduction in the amount of requests for celebration matches due to the war years. I would be grateful therefore, if you would let your Clubs know of this change and should your County wish to host a celebration match during this period then please contact Bowls England for further information.

Use of Chemicals on Bowling Greens

Bowls England wishes to inform clubs that anyone using or purchasing chemicals for their greens maintenance programme must have undertaken suitable training. The Plant Protection Products (PPPs) Regulations 2012 state that all users must have a recognised certificate of competence, and it is illegal to purchase PPPs unless the unless the user holds a certificate of competence.

The exemption for those who spray using the ‘Grandfather Rights’ clause (for those suitably trained and competent to do the job born before 31st December 1964) ceases on 26th November 2015. A new City & Guilds qualification has been introduced to enable those who currently apply chemicals under the ‘Grandfather Rights’ exemption to comply with the legislation.

Funding is now available via the Bowls England Greens Maintenance Scheme to assist members of affiliated clubs that wish to attend a spraying course.

Tony Allcock MBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “There has been some confusion amongst our members with regard to the legislation regarding spraying, particularly with regard to the ‘Grandfather Rights’ exemption. We would encourage all clubs to ensure that anyone that is spraying chemicals on the green meets the requirements of the PPP Regulations, and to assist we are pleased to be able to make funding available to support those who wish to attend a relevant course.”

Anyone wishing to apply for assistance should forward copies of the appropriate certificates and receipted invoices to Arnold Goad, Bowls England Greens Maintenance Scheme, on 01926 612280 or e-mail:


British Crown Green Bowling Association (BCGBA) forms Partnership with BDA

BCGBA is delighted to announce that it is forming a partnership with Coach Bowls, the partnership between the Bowls Development Alliance, Bowls England, English Short Mat Bowling Association and The English Indoor Bowling Association. This partnership will lead to improvements in Coaching Ability and Technique for the Sport of Bowls, lead to a nationally recognised qualification and support from Coach Bowls. Qualifications will be awarded, assessed and verified by Coach Bowls / 1st 4 Sport.
During 2018 Coach Bowls will transition away from Bowls Development Alliance to come under the domain of the National Governing Bodies by April 2019 supporting the four bowls codes to deliver the Coaching Qualification Scheme.

BCGBA existing approved Coaches will be able to Grandfather their awards onto Coach Bowls at Coach Bowls Level 1, providing these coaches become members of Coach Bowls. This will allow them to be recognised as BCGBA Level 1 accredited coaches for the purposes of Insurance. Any awards given after 1st January 2018 will not be recognised. All coaches are advised that the insurance available through Coach Bowls is the recommended insurance that all coaches in bowls should hold.

Under Coach Bowls courses will be available at:
Coach Activator, Level 1 initially. Level 2 and 3 will be developed in due course to ensure it is suitable for the code, for those coaches who wish to progress to a higher level. Activator and Level 1 will have generic bowls content in the main, but assessments will reflect the BCGBA rules. Code specific courses will be arranged in time or attendance at mixed bowls codes courses will also be possible. A range of CPD Modules will be available in due course.
Further information will be available soon.



Disability Bowls England held its Open Pairs competition recently at Solihull IBC, and two County players were involved.

Kieran Rollings, Kettering Lodge BC was paired with the well known DBE bowler and England Captain Bob Love, and Steve Bigg of Wellingborough BC was paired with Alex Comack

Unfortunately both County men lost their first matches, Bob & Kieran to Mac Otton & Gary Swift, and Alex & Steve to Jonathan Stokes & Dave Fisher, but this qualified them to play in the ‘Plate Competition

Plate Competition – for 1st Round losers.
Bob Love & Kieran Rollings dominated their way to the final beating Mark Cooper & Tim Swann and then Alex Comack & Steve Bigg. The Plate Final started as a tight affair but slowly the class of Bob Love & Kieran Rollings shone through and they beat Craig Bowler & Joe Peplow 14-7 shots

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