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Bowls

Played outdoors on a flat square of grass, or indoors on an artificial surface, bowls involves throwing/rolling a ball to end up as close to a target as possible.

See Also:
Petanque

An Overview of Bowls

Bowls truly is the sport for all - all ages, all sexes and all abilities.

There are many different formats of the game recognised – flat green outdoor, flat green indoor, crown green and short mat – so there are plenty of opportunities for you to give it a go.

Bowls is also a relatively cheap game compared to other sports, whether you choose to join an indoor or outdoor club, or 'pay and play' at your local park.

Benefits

  • Lawn bowls provides open-air exercise
  • Comradeship
  • Improved mental and physical facilities

Costs

The cost of taking up lawn bowls varies from club to club, so it is always best to contact your local one direct to find out the exact prices. Some clubs ask only for a one off membership fee, but most ask for an annual fee, plus an additional playing fee. Some also offer sessions where you can pay and play.

Equipment

Playing equipment consists of:

  • A set of 4 matched bowls
  • The jack - a small white ball
  • A mat

Facts

  • The 1930 British Empire Games - the first of what would later become known as the Commonwealth Games - were also the first to feature lawn bowls as one of just seven sports on the programme.

Find Bowls Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

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National Governing Bodies

Bowls England

Contact Name
Bowls England General Enquiries
Contact Email
enquiries@bowlsengland.com
Contact Telephone
01926 334609

British Crown Green Bowling Association

Contact Name
Bowls England General Enquiries
Contact Email
enquiries@bowlsengland.com
Contact Telephone
01926 334609

English Indoor Bowling Association

Contact Name
General Information
Contact Email
enquiries@eiba.co.uk
Contact Telephone
01664 481900
Bowls England Coaching Bursary

Bowls England Coaching Bursary

Coaching Bursary Scheme to assist members of affiliated clubs who wish to obtain a Coach Bowls qualification.

Bowls England Development Loan

Bowls England Development Loan

Development Loans are available for Bowls clubs affiliated with Bowls England and relates to any item such as clubhouse improvements, fencing, car parks and changing rooms and loans of up to £20,000 (free of interest), repayable over up to eight years, are available.

Alistair Hollis

Operational Services Manager

Stephen Rodwell (Indoor Bowls)

Development Manager

Steve Bacon

Leicestershire Development Coordinator

07870 327568

Partners

  • Charnwood LSA
    Sport England
    Active Rutland
    NWL LSA
    Active Hinckley and Bosworth
  • Safeguarding
    Active Partnerships
    Blaby LSA
    Harborough LSA
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Melton LSA
    Equality Standard
    Active Leicester
    Active Oadby and Wigston

Partners

  • Melton LSA
    NWL LSA
  • Active Rutland
    Blaby LSA
  • Harborough LSA
    Active Leicester
  • Active Partnerships
    Safeguarding
  • Equality Standard
    Charnwood LSA
  • Sport England
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Active Hinckley and Bosworth
    Active Oadby and Wigston