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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.

Make your Move

Tue, 06 Nov 2018

The greatest benefits to our physical and mental health comes when we go from doing no physical activity at all to doing just a little bit!

Your local Physical Activity, Sport & Health Team

Delivering programmes to support you to become more active.

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

Older People's Activity Group

The Older People's Group has been running for five years and has made a
massive difference to all who have been involved. Members attending have
a choice of activities which they select when they arrive, It's usually a choice
from gym activities, table

Harborough Leisure Centre

The wide range of activities available ensures there is something for you - whatever your age or ability.

Disability Bowls England

Disability Bowls England aim is to be the governing and co-coordinating body of Bowls for athletes and players of all ages and abilities with a physical, sensory or learning disability.

Games Morning Thurmaston

Games Morning Thurmaston

A weekly session of sociable games, including Kurling, Bowls and table top games. Just turn up and join in. Refreshments included in price.

Bowls Development Alliance - Play Bowls Package

4:41pm - Fri 27th September, 2019

£250 is available for affiliated Bowls England and English Indoor Bowls Association (EIBA Ltd) to deliver a Play Bowls Day (Open Day) followed by 4 x Play Bowls 4 Fun sessions, which are an informal, relaxed, coaching session with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment!

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.

Bowls England Coaching Bursary

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

Alistair Hollis

Operational Services Manager

Stephen Rodwell (Indoor Bowls)

Development Manager

Steve Bacon

Leicestershire Development Coordinator

07870 327568

Partners

  • Harborough LSA
    Blaby LSA
    NWL LSA
    Charnwood LSA
    Active Rutland
  • H&B LSA
    Leicestershire County Council
    Active Partnerships
    Melton LSA
    Equality Standard
  • Active Leicester
    Safeguarding
    O&W LSA
    Sport England

Partners

  • Equality Standard
    H&B LSA
  • Safeguarding
    Blaby LSA
  • Active Leicester
    Melton LSA
  • Harborough LSA
    O&W LSA
  • Charnwood LSA
    Active Rutland
  • NWL LSA
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Active Partnerships
    Sport England