Bowls Development Alliance - Club Development Programme

Posted: Mon, 21 Jan 2019 16:20

Bowls Development Alliance - Club Development Programme

Created in 2017 as part of Bowls Development Alliance (BDA)'s four-year Sport England-funded Delivery Plan, the Club Development Programme offers Bowls England and English Indoor Bowling Association affiliated clubs across the country a unique support programme to develop and better sustain their current membership numbers and recruit new members into the sport.

Every club that signs up to the programme will receive direct support from the BDA to create a Club Development Plan that will help the club not only to provide the best experience for its present members but support new recruitment initiatives to increase their current membership. Each club involved is allocated one of our club development officers who will be supporting the club committee throughout their engagement in the programme.

The Criteria:

To be eligible to apply, clubs need to meet the following criteria:

• Clubs must be affiliated to either Bowls England or the English Indoor Bowling Association.
• Clubs must have seen a net membership decline of 3% or more over the past 2 years.
• Clubs must be willing to be proactive and take on tasks set out in a Development Plan.
• Clubs must have a demonstrable capacity for membership growth.

To apply, clubs need to fill in a simple online application form [click here to apply online]. To apply, register your interest or to ask for more information, email

The application window remains open until further notice. As the BDA are expecting a high number of applications, they encourage clubs to apply as soon as possible to ensure a timely start. For those clubs that do not meet the criteria, please be aware that the Play Bowls Package is available to all affiliated clubs via the twice-yearly application windows.

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