Bowls Development Alliance Education Courses

The BCGBA has advertised another week of training workshops organised by the BDA. At the time of writing, I don’t know if there are available places (I think there are as the BCGBA have only recently sent this out) but there are also many other courses you or your club may want to look at. It is also possible that if there is a high demand for these courses then more may be arranged.

Thanks to the BCGBA for sending this out.

The Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) are hosting another ‘Week of Learning’ commencing on Monday 15th May 2023. 

They are running 3 workshops that will raise awareness of the Play Bowls Platform and Bowls Bash, Club Health Checker, and a Bowls’ Big Weekend-specific Club Helpers Workshop.  

Free tickets are available for the workshops listed below via their Education platform on the following link: and they went live on Monday 1st May for booking. Numbers are restricted to 100 attendees per workshop and the club you represent must be affiliated with the British Crown Green Bowling Association (BCGBA) or another National Governing Body. 

Participant details will be checked and challenged before the start of each course.  

Bowls Big Weekend Club Helpers Workshop – Tuesday 16th May (6pm) – Thursday 18th May (10am)

This workshop aims to provide you with hints and tips on how to structure the first session for new people attending your Bowls’ Big Weekend Open Day, whilst providing a process for all club volunteers (members) to follow when meeting and greeting new people on their first visit to your club.

It will give you practical ideas that keep the session fun and engaging for people trying the sport for the first time as well as ideas to ensure new bowlers come back for a second visit.

Play Bowls Platform and Bowls Bash Awareness Workshop – Monday 15th May (6pm) – Wednesday 17th May (10am) – Friday 19th May (1pm)

The workshop aims to give your club an understanding of the Play Bowls Platform and the benefits it provides. The platform gives clubs an opportunity to increase participation on their greens as well as increasing revenue and the potential to recruit new members whilst advertising the facilities at the club.

Bowls Bash is a great introductory format of the game for new players which provides a fun, exciting way to play our sport with more points on offer and is a short introduction to bowls based on external research.

Club Health Checker Awareness Workshop – Monday 15th May (10am) – Tuesday 16th May (1pm) – Thursday 18th May (6pm)

This workshop aims to give you an overview of how to use the Club Health Checker and the benefits it provides. You will gain an understanding as to why you should use the tool annually, who should complete it, what questions it covers, and an understanding of the report produced at the end based on the answers given.

This tool is being seen as a fantastic opportunity to identify the key development areas of focus within your club and provides a range of accessible opportunities to assist where required.

There are also several online training modules and quick guides which you can undertake in your own time and at your own pace via our education platform so please take time to see what is available for the benefit of your club or individual learning.

On the Education page you can find brief details on two safeguarding courses, one aimed at clubs with juniors and the other aimed at clubs with adult only membership.

There is a long list of free courses aimed at volunteers and clubs and they can be found on the link above.

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Throughout his bowling career Steve has always supported the admin side of the game as well as a keen player of the game. As a club secretary, association secretary, county delegate on the BCGBA (National Governing Body) Management Committee, Media Officer for the BCGBA, Merseyside champion in 2002 and Merseyside County President (2014-15) Steve has always been keen to promote the game especially through the broadcast of the game on TV or Internet. Steve set up the LIVE BOWLS YouTube channel which became the Bowls Observer channel and, through the LDBA, runs national competitions. Seeing an avenue to report on and promote the game Steve set up the Bowls Observer on-line magazine.