This is a partnership initiative which was originally set up to provide a pathway to develop the sport for young people under the age of 18 years, and partners at that time included:

Bowls England - The English Indoor Bowling Association - The English Bowls Umpires Association - Bowls Development Alliance

Bowls England ended its partnership in about 2012, and in 2016 the Scheme changed its age range, and the upper limit is now 16 years. The two groups within that age are: Under 12 years and 12-16 years.

The Scheme’s National Officers are: Chairman Bernard Millard, 7 Barton Hamlet, Great Barton, Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk, IP31 2PP Email:
Scheme Secretary: Jeremy TOWLE, 23, Axmouth Driver, Mapperley, Nottinghamshire NG3 5SX
Tel 01157 528780 Email:

The country is split into 6 Regions, and each region has an organiser to arrange Regional Schools of Excellence for the participating Counties, with qualifying young players in two age groups (Under 15 years & 15-18 years) taking part in the National Final School of Excellence, which is held annually at outdoor and indoor venues on a rotational basis.

The School of Excellence at County, Regional and National level, consists of a series of short matches, played in small groups on a ‘round robin’ basis, plus a number of skills exercises undertaken on an individual basis with a scale of points awarded. The top scoring players then play semi-finals and finals to establish the top player in each age group and by gender.

The records will show that a number of our current Junior and Senior Internationals came through the EBYDS in their early years of bowling, and they valued the encouragement and direction which the scheme gave them.


Northamptonshire, in common with many other Counties, established under the auspices of the EBYDS, its own scheme two years later in 2006, and at that time the four County Associations (indoor and outdoor men and women) formed the membership in equal numbers with delegates from each to form a group to organise the County School of Excellence. Bowls Northamptonshire (BN) is now the body for male and female outdoor bowling, and the revised Constitution reflects this.

The NBYDS under the guidance of its County Co-ordinators, firstly Andy Purcell, and then more latterly Irene Scoble, went from strength to strength, and with the encouragement from parents, clubs, coaches, and the Associations, participation by young bowlers in both age groups is very good, with around 50 youngsters taking part.

In addition to the School of Excellence, the NBYDS arranges competitions, both indoor and out, each year, with trophies, kindly presented by various individual supporters of the scheme, available to be won.

The current County officers of the Scheme are:

Chairmen: Brenice Willmott & John Cooper (BN); Keith Howlett (NIBA); Heather Lack (NWIBA) who take the chair for one year in rotation.
Secretary: Christine Cooper, 104a, Finedon Road, Burton Latimer, Northants NN15 5QA Email:
Treasurer: Christine Cooper (above) Temporary Treasurer
Co-ordinator: Vacant at present

Chairmen's Photographs as follows:

Photo awaited

Photo Awaited Photo Awaited

16. Heather Lack - NWIBA President 1
John Cooper 1

Heather Lack N.W.I.B.A.

Keith Howlett, N.I.B.A.

John Cooper BN Men's Section

Brenice Willmott BN Women's Section

Velda Cooper 4
Chris Cooper for Club 1

Velda Cooper B.N. - Women's Section

Chris Cooper Hon Secretary & Temporary Hon Treasurer

County Co-ordinator Vacant at Present

Steve Cooper Safeguarding Officer for the County

Barry Basford
County Coaching Coordinator


Andy Purcell, Founding County Coordinator for the NBYDS who retired from the Management Committee in 2012, is pictured left, and on the receiving a gift from the 2011 Chairman, Brenice Willmott

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