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By Ruth Bown (Webmaster) Hampshire Bowls Coaching Association

Monday, 27 November 2017


Hampshire Bowls Coaching Association Contributor



Bowls England is delighted to announce a number of courses to assist members inclining coaching and safeguarding.

Bowls England would like to remind its members that Coach Bowls is the only nationally recognised coaching qualification for the sport of bowls in England – the latest course availability can be found below.

Qualifications are delivered in partnership with 1st 4 Sport, as the awarding body, and all successful candidates receive an externally accredited qualification that is regulated by Ofqual (The Government body for the award of national qualifications). Coach Bowls qualifications are wholly recommended by Bowls England and the English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd.

Any individual affiliated member of Bowls England may apply for financial assistance for up to 50 per cent of the cost of the course.

Level 1 Courses:

Ilminster BC, Somerset

Day 1: Saturday 2nd December 2017

Day 2: Saturday 3rd February 2018

Horsham IBC, Sussex

Day 1: Thursday 11th January 2018

Day 2: Thursday 8th February 2018

Clacton-on-Sea IBC, Essex

Day 1: Thursday 18th January 2018

Day 2: Thursday 15th February 2018

Donyngs IBC, Surrey

Day 1: Sunday 21st January 2018

Day 2: Sunday 4th March 2018

Acle IBC, Norfolk

Day 1: Sunday 4th February 2018

Day 2: Sunday 18th March 2018

Geddington and Newton BC, Northamptonshire

Day 1: Monday 14th May 2018

Day 2: Monday 11th June 2018

Dorset Bowls Resort, Dorset

Day 1: Sunday 27th May 2018

Day 2: Saturday 30th June 2018

Level 2 Courses:

Dorchester BC, Dorset

Day 1: Friday 12th January 2018

Day 2: Friday 16th February 2018

Day 3: Friday 16th March 2018

Day 4: Friday 20th April 2018

Day 5: Friday 18th May 2018

Tilbury IBC, Essex

Day 1: Saturday 14th April 2018

Day 2: Saturday 28th April 2018

Day 3: Saturday 12th May 2018

Day 4: Saturday 26th May 2018

Day 5: Saturday 28th July 2018

Play Bowls Activator Courses

Wednesday 14th February 2018: Hatfield IBC, Hertfordshire

Applicants must be at least 17 years old, and for Coach Bowls Level Two courses and above applicants must hold a recognised Coaching Certificate. Each application must be supported by the applicant’s club and the appointed administrator of the relevant County Association that is affiliated to Bowls England.

The Level Three qualification will be launched later this year, aimed at coaches working with county and national level bowlers and developed by a team of highly credible and successful bowlers at International level, all of whom are also qualified coaches

Due to demand, funding is limited to one member per affiliated club per year. Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis.

To download a Coaching Bursary application form, or for more information, visit

For more information or to book a place on any of the Level 1 courses (apart from Acle IBC) please contact Sport Structures on 0845 241 7195 or email

Courses are also available to members who wish to safeguard.

Safeguarding Courses

Friday 8th December 2017: Atherley BC, Hampshire

Sunday 11th February 2018: Donyngs IBC, Surrey

For more information or to book a place on any of the remaining courses, please contact Coach Bowls on 01664 777001 or visit

Contact Information

Ruth Bown (Webmaster)

Find Hampshire Bowls Coaching Association

Basingstoke, Hampshire