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Bowls England has agreed a new-look award process for its highly-prestigious Certificate of Merit.
The Certificate of Merit was introduced to recognise the work of volunteers who support the sport at club and county level. It is presented annually to individuals who are deemed to have provided outstanding service to the sport of outdoor bowls at club and county level in England.
The revised method of nomination and assessment will enable applications from a greater cross-section of Bowls England’s membership.
Tony Allcock MBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “It was generally felt that the previous system of nomination and marking was inflexible and, as such, may prohibit applications from many members who deserved to be considered for the award. The Review Panel’s decision to combine an easier-to-use form with the greater flexibility for the awarding panel should ensure that many more individuals may be considered for the award in recognition of their exceptional efforts at both club and county level, usually but not always over a sustained period of time. The Review Panel also encouraged County Associations to consider the introduction of a similar award that should be used to recognise the efforts of members within their area, for example those who have tended the green or acted in an administrative capacity for their club over a number of years.”
The Certificate of Merit is open to anyone who is involved with a club, county, organisation or association affiliated to Bowls England, except for those who have already received Life Membership or Honorary Membership of Bowls England. The closing date for nominations is 31st August annually

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:



The Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) is delighted to announce that the English Short Mat Bowling Association (ESMBA), the English Bowling Federation (EBF) and the British Crown Green Bowls Association (BCGBA) are to join the Safeguarding Bowls group alongside Bowls England (BE) and the English Indoor Bowling Association (EIBA) under the umbrella of the BDA to ensure that the sport is kept safe for everyone to play.

This will mean that the five National Governing Bodies and their affiliated members will follow the same policy, guidelines and templates which will be available to all clubs regardless of which format is played.
County and Club Welfare Officers across the various codes will be able to access training to support them in their role and provide them with knowledge and information on any action they would need to take if a concern was raised within their club.

Susan Cooper the Development Director of the BDA commented: “The sport of bowls can now work together to secure the Advanced Safeguarding Standards and in so doing will go some way to keeping all those who participate in this sport safe in what they do and wherever they play”

This is a big step forward for the sport and it has been welcomed by both Sport England and the NSPCC.

Macmillan Cancer Support is the BDA’s Chosen Charity

The 1st April 2017 not only signals the start of a new funding period for the BDA but also the commencement of its 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. It is hoped 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 the BDA’s target.
The BDA has chosen to hold a fundraising week for Macmillan and it is 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 the BDA is giving clubs fundraising packs to support their activity. However, Clubs 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 is 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:



Disability Bowls England National Pairs and Singles Finals took place on Saturday, 15th & Sunday, 16th July 2017 at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa, home of the Bowls England National Championships, and one of our young County bowlers was there, and achieving top honours too. Kieran Rollings, Kettering Lodge BC, was in the Pairs event with Paul Brown of Yorkshire, and he had also qualified through the play offs in the Singles.
Players from across the country met up to contest the outdoor Pairs competition which is increasing in popularity and with DBE ranking points on offer, included many of the top bowlers. Winners of the Pairs were Kieran Rollings & Paul Brown who beat fellow DBE Internationals Bob Love & Gary Swift in a high-quality final.

This year saw the introduction of Regional Play Offs in the Singles event which resulted in the top 2 players from each region progressing to the finals. Matches were keenly fought and the large crowd of spectators enjoyed watching a high standard of play.
It was a good showcase for Disability Bowls with many players from the “Elite Squad” making it through to the latter stages in both events.

Winners and Runners-up were as follows:

National Pairs
Winners :- Kieran Rollings & Paul Brown
Runners up : Bob Love & Gary Swift
National Singles
Winner:- Mike Robertson
R/U Kieran Rollings

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