Bowls Development Alliance

The sport of bowls has a large and strong club structure and Just Bowl looks to support and enhance this structure, by engaging new participants within community settings such as Leisure Centres, Care Homes, Retirement and Community Spaces.

Just Bowl has a specific focus on:

  • People aged 55 and over
  • People with a disability aged 16 and over

Activator training is available and will equip you with the skills and tools to deliver engaging, fun & inclusive sessions by spending time on the mat and playing bowls in a variety of formats! All resources are provided and equipment is loaned out following the course for a 6-week trial period.

For more information and to see Just Bowl in action, follow this link  or contact Brett Crowhurst 

Bowls Development Alliance Initiatives

Play Bowls Days

Taster Sessions where potential members have an introduction to bowls.

Play Bowls for Fun 

A 4 week programme which allows people to come along to their local club andd receive 4 free (2 hr) sessions as an introduction to the game. Coaching is available and at the end of the 4 weeks it is hoped that participants will join the club.This intervention can target different age groups which will involve different types of marketing.The Bowls 4 Free package that is available consists of a template for a poster, guidance notes on how to

Play Bowls Roadshows

Play Bowls Roadshow is a promotional and advertising tool aimed at offering people of all ages the chance to try the sport of bowls whether it be in a shopping mall, local leisure centre, town hall, county show, or even the local supermarket! Those that "have a go" will receive details on their local club and a voucher for a free session at that club.The transit van contains 2 short mats and all the equipment required to run a successful roadshow. The van's driver will attend the event and work alongside club volunteers to deliver a quality experience for all who attend. Payment of expenses - £750


Clubmark is an important accreditation that Sport England offer all clubs to apply to and one that LSP will assist with any application. Any club can apply for Clubmark accreditation providing they have a junior section. To be successful in the application the club must operate to a set of consistent, accepted and adopted minimum standards as laid down by Sport England. Grant - £150

Packages Overview

Packages for Clubs

The BDA have 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 the relevant package page.

How to apply

Clubs can apply for a package during the 'Package Windows', the first of these windows was open between the 1st and 31st March 2013 with another window opening throughout July and August 2013. The next window will open on the 1st February 2014 and close again on the 31st March 2014. For more information, contact Paul Humphreys

Community Package - Is available for between 2 and 4 affiliated clubs working together to deliver:

1 x Play Bowls Road Show
2 x Play Bowls Days
2 x Play Bowls 4 Fun Programmes
Funding available (which is split between all applying clubs) £600
Gold Package - Is available to all Club Marked clubs to deliver:

1 x Play Bowls Road Show
2 x Play Bowls Days
2 x Play Bowls 4 Fun Programmes
1 x Focused Event (eg Health, Disability)
Funding available £625
Silver Package - Available to all affiliated clubs to deliver:

1 x Play Bowls Day
1 x Play Bowls 4 Fun Programme
Funding available £290

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