As you may know, on August 10 2015, a joint statement was issued by the Bowls Development Alliance, Bowls England & English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd. which relates to the Level 1 Coaching Course. By way of clarification:


The statement does NOT require that new coaches must only take the course specified above and are forbidden from taking any other. It simply says that other courses are not recognised and coaches taking such courses will not be accredited by Bowls England or the EIBA.




Denise Smith  Tel: 01883 743259

Responsible for the London Boroughs and the Rural Boroughs covered by the Surrey Bowls Associations


Current BDA Coaching Courses Available

Coaching is a very worthwhile, enjoyable and rewarding aspect of bowling.

For further information about any of these courses, contact Denise.


The Play Bowls Activator Module is a 4 hour course and is an integral part of any club’s recruitment programme.  It equips volunteers and coaches with information and skills to offer a fun and informal introduction to the sport of bowls.


The Level 1 course takes 2 days and enables you to coach beginners and to run the Bowls4Fun programme in your club.


The Level 2 course takes 5 days and further enables you to coach improvers through to competitive players in your club.   It also enables you to assist experienced coaches who attend other clubs to coach a variety of skills according to the needs of the club being visited.


The Disability Module is a 4 hour course which is aimed at supporting coaches who are keen to work with bowlers who are disabled. It will increase awareness of the implications of working with a bowler who is disabled and offer a range of practical ideas on how to support their progress.


Safeguarding in Bowls - “Time to Listen” is a 4 hour bowls-specific workshop designed to support coaches and welfare officers in ensuring that all children and vulnerable adults are safe within their clubs.


Further details of all courses are on the BDA website:


Bursaries of 50% are available for all these courses.