Ever thought of Coaching Bowls?

‘Coach Bowls’ has developed a number of courses and qualifications on behalf of Bowls England (BE) and English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd (EIBA). The courses available are the only ones recommended to club coaches by BE and EIBA and are the only bowls courses and qualifications recognised by Sport England. Bursaries to assist coaches to cover part of the cost of these courses are available through your National Governing Body (BE & EIBA) or local County Sport Partnership.

Please see our website www.playbowls.org or the relevant National Governing Body website (www.bowlsengland.com or www.eiba.co.uk) for further bursary information.

Level 1 Award in Coaching Bowls (£130)

The 1st4Sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Bowls (QCF) is a vocationally related qualification that provides learners with an opportunity to study and be assesed on both the practical and theoretical aspects of coaching bowls to groups of beginner adults and children in an appropriate environment. The knowledge gained from this award will enable learners to develop an understanding of safe, ethical and effective bowls coaching. It will also allow Level 1 Bowls coaches who are aged 18+ to independently deliver four taster sessions to beginners as part of the Play Bowls 4 Fun programme.

Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Bowls (£220)

This qualification is delivered in partnership with 1st4Sport Qualifications (Awarding Body) and gives an externally accredited nationally recognised qualification (regulated by Ofqual). It is also the only Nationally Recognised Qualification for the sport of bowls in England and is wholly supported by Bowls England and EIBA. The qualification will support coaches to effectively plan and deliver a series of structured sessions to bowlers, from beginner stages through to competitive club players. It puts the bowler at the centre of all developments and concentrates not just on what to coach but on how to get the best from the people you are working with.

Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Bowls Bridging Modules

For those coaches who hold a Level 2 or Level 3 accreditation from another body there is the opportunity to have this experience recognised and are eligible to apply to attend a “Bridging Course”. This can be a separate course, if numbers demand, or it could mean attending a full Level 2 course already arranged, but for fewer days and at a lower cost. Attending the bridging course will ensure that coaches bring their skills and knowledge in line with current national coaching standards which are required for the assessment part of the 1st4Sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Bowls. A world-class coaching system for all Bowls Development Alliance Limited Registered in England and Wales no: 07205402 www.playbowls.org Version: November 2014.


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  • Level 2 Qualified £200
  • Level 3 accredited to
  • Level 2 Qualified £180

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‘Play Bowls’ Activator Module (£35)

The purpose of this four hour Activator Module is to equip both new and existing coaches and volunteers with some basic knowledge, information and skills to offer a fun, informal and relaxed introduction to the sport of bowls. A new bowler’s first impression of the sport is often the difference between them taking up membership of a club or not. 

This course will provide you with the: 

  • skills to welcome any new bowler into your club
  • confidence to organise an entertaining,
  • relaxed and an enjoyable introductory session
  • ability to create a positive lasting impression
  • 1st subscription to Coach Bowls Membership scheme (normal cost £8)

For more information or to book your place on a course please visit https://online.playbowls.org/bookonline or contact the BDA office on 01664 777001 or email: courses@playbowls.org

Coaching Disabled Bowlers’ Module (£35)

This 3 hour module includes both practical and theory aspects to working with bowlers who may have a disability. The theory elements of the workshop look predominantly at inclusive coaching regardless of the disability of the individual and covers the basics of working with a variety of different types of disability.

By the end of the workshop coaches and club volunteers will be able to:

  • Reflect on past experiences and recognise and share best
  • practice
  • Make appropriate modifications, adaptations and progressions to a planned session
  • to include all participants
  • Explore the participant pathway for disabled participants within bowls.

The workshop focuses on looking at WHY people with a disability play bowls; WHAT our coaching should look like; WHAT makes an inclusive coach; HOW to adapt and personalise our coaching sessions; HOW to communicate effectively.

Using real case studies from bowlers with various disabilities and impairments including social bowlers, club members and even Commonwealth Games medallists.

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For more information on the Level 1 course, please call Sport Structures on 0845 241 7195 or visit www.playbowls.org


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