Bowls England News Letter Feb 2014


Deadline Extended for National Championship Entries

Is your Club celebrating an anniversary or a special event in 2015?

Your chance to donate a National Trophy

‘Our Clubs, Counties and the Law’ – Your Invite to Bowls England Annual Conference 2014

Free Recruitment Material For Your Club

Apply now for a club recruitment funding package worth up to £600

Subsidised greenkeeping courses now available

50 per cent off Coach Bowls courses

Deadline Extended for National Championship Entries

The deadline for entries into the 2014 Bowls England National Competitions including the Top Club and Two Fours competitions has been extended until Monday 17th February 2014.

Bowls England would like to remind entrants that the qualifying rounds of the Men’s Senior Singles and Senior Pairs (Former Over 55s) will now be played within county areas, therefore reducing travel during the qualifying stages and enabling all 35 county winners in both events to participate at the National Finals in Royal Leamington Spa.
To download competition entry forms, please click HERE, or call the Bowls England Office on 01926 334609 if you wish to receive entry forms for the Champion of Champions or to pay by card.
Bowls England is also delighted to announce that the inaugural Sutton Winson Trophy, an open under 18 singles tournament to be played at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa on the weekend of 9/10 August 2014, has reached the limit of 128 entrants.
A reserve list is now in place. If you wish to be placed on the reserve list, call the Bowls England Office on 01926 334609.

Is your Club celebrating an anniversary or a special event in 2015?

Bowls England Celebration Matches are a great way for Clubs to celebrate an anniversary or a special event. Celebration Matches can be held when a Club or County reaches its 50th anniversary and then rising in multiples of 25 years. Special occasions will also be considered such as the opening of a new club house.  The closing date for applications for 2015 matches is the 21st February 2014.

If anyone would like any further information about these matches please contact Amy Stanton on 01926 334609 or email

Your chance to donate a National Trophy

Would you or your Club like the opportunity to be annually remembered at the Bowls England National Championships? Bowls England is giving individual members and clubs the opportunity to donate a trophy for future use following a review of future requirements.

Tony Allcock MBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “We have conducted a thorough review of our requirements and have several trophies that are in need of replacement whilst other events do not currently have a trophy that can be presented to either the winner or finalist. Previously members have donated in memory of a loved one or an anniversary, but we would be pleased to hear from anyone who wishes to provide a National Trophy in their chosen name for use year after year.”

Trophies are required for the following events:

-         Women’s National Fours Championship (Finalist)

-         Women’s Senior Singles (Finalist)

-         Women’s Senior Pairs (Finalist)

-         Women’s National Top Club (Finalist)

-         Walker Cup (Finalist)

-         National Family Pairs (Winner)

-         National Family Pairs (Finalist)

If you would like to donate, please contact Adam Durnin on 01926 334609 or e-mail:

Date for your diary: Bowls England Annual Conference 2014

‘Our Clubs, Counties and the Law’ will be the title of the Bowls England Annual Conference when it is held at the Town Hall, Royal Leamington Spa, on Wednesday 2nd April 2014 from 11am. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear first hand from a number of specialist speakers on a wide range of legal issues including disciplinary matters, the duties of trustees and committees, food hygiene and refusal of membership. Each session will be followed by a question and answer session with the relevant speaker, whilst there will be the opportunity to meet Directors, Officers and speakers during the lunch period.
Tony Allcock MBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “We continue to receive an increasing number of enquiries from Clubs and County Associations regarding legal issues. The Conference will therefore provide answers to many of the most frequently asked questions that we get. This event is open to all members, and we are very keen that more club volunteers take the opportunity to come along and benefit from the specialist advice available.”

A full agenda including details of all speakers will be circulated in due course. The event is scheduled to finish not later than 4pm.

Free Recruitment Material For Your Club
We all have a role to play - individual members, clubs, county associations and Bowls England - in encouraging new people to try our sport and to continue playing for years to come. Our ‘Bowls - The Sport for All’ campaign is designed to reflect the unique position that our sport holds, with its capacity to engage participants of all ages and abilities.
Over the last three years clubs across our 35 counties have ordered more than 200,000 individual items including leaflets, drop cards and posters, to assist them with their recruitment drives. Overall, the material has been well received with positive feedback regarding the addition of new members from many of those clubs who have participated. However there is still much more to do, so Bowls England is delighted to offer, free of charge, our recruitment material to clubs for next season.

 Click Here for order form
Please calculate the number of posters/leaflets and drop cards that your club wishes to receive and return this sheet with your order to the Bowls England office in Royal Leamington Spa. Don’t forget, as an additional service to clubs, we can now arrange to print personalised labels for your posters and leaflets with your club’s details already on - meaning all you have to do is stick them on and distribute them! For more information on this additional service, for which minimal costs will be charged to your club, please telephone Bowls England on 01926 334609 or

Apply now for a club recruitment funding package worth up to £600

The Bowls Development Alliance has developed a new package system offering affiliated clubs across the country the opportunity to apply for BDA funding. The BDA Packages have been designed to help support clubs to organise events that have been proven to attract new members into the sport. The application form is quick and simple and can be downloaded from Clubs have until 5pm on Monday 31st March to submit their package applications.
The Spring 2014 package window is particularly exciting for the BDA as it sees the launch of 4 brand new packages – a revamped Silver and Gold package and a new Platinum and Disability package. Since the first package window in Spring 2013, over 750 new people aged 55 and over have been recruited into clubs across the country. In addition to the excellent recruitment figures, many clubs reported back vital learning lessons which the BDA has taken on board and used to shape our 2014 package offering.

If you have any questions regarding the new packages, or you wish to discuss your application in more detail, contact the BDA Head Office on 01664 777001 or e-mail

2014 Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) courses

Places are now available on the latest Bowling Green Foundation and Intermediate Greenkeeping courses organised by the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) - and Bowls England is pleased to offer financial support to help members of affiliated clubs to attend. Foundation courses have been organised at Culm Valley Bowls Club in Devon on Wednesday 2nd April followed by the same course at Pulborough Bowls Club in Sussex on Sunday 27th April. It is recommended that there is at least one person in every club with this basic knowledge.
Prices for the Foundation course are £114 (including VAT) for IOG members or £228 (including VAT) for non-IOG members, but Bowls England through the Greens Maintenance Scheme will provide a subsidy of £57 for one member of each club that wishes to attend. Pulborough BC will also host an Intermediate course on Sunday 28th September. The Intermediate course will cost £144 (including VAT) for IOG members or £288 (including VAT) for non-IOG members, but Bowls England through the Greens Maintenance Scheme will provide a subsidy of £72 for one member of each club that wishes to attend. To request assistance with course costs from the Bowls England Greens Maintenance Scheme, please contact Arnold Goad on 01926 612280.
For more details on future courses please contact the IOG on 01908 312511 or go to:

50 per cent off Coach Bowls Courses

Coach Bowls is the comprehensive coaching system being developed by the Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) on behalf of Bowls England and the English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd (EIBA Ltd) to meet the needs of players and coaches at all levels. It is the only bowls coaching system supported and funded by Bowls England.

Any individual affiliated member of Bowls England may apply for financial assistance for up to 50 per cent of the cost of a Coach Bowls course. Applicants must be at least 17 years old, and for Coach Bowls Level Two courses and above applicants must hold a recognised Coaching Certificate.

Tony Allcock MBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “We recognise that the provision of coaching to all players at all levels, but particularly new bowlers within our clubs, is vital to the long-term development of the sport of bowls. The Bowls England Coaching Bursary has therefore been introduced to assist members of affiliated clubs who wish to obtain a Coach Bowls qualification. This represents a significant investment by Bowls England in the future of bowls coaching on behalf of our members and further illustrates our commitment to the Coach Bowls programme.”


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