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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 four 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.

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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.

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

Aldercar High School & Community Centre

Aldercar High School and 6th Form Centre is an important resource for all the community, providing an excellent service not only to students, but also to the wider community it serves.

Church Gresley Indoor Bowls Club

Bowls is a sport for all ages and ability, we have a junior section who train every Thursday evening. Juniors and adults welcome anytime for a free go.
Junior membership now FREE.
Disability section meet on Thursdays but we encourage in

PfP Leisure

Not-for-profit organisation provided leisure facilities to clients across the country including local authorities. Manage over 120 leisure centres in England.

Belper Meadows Community Sports Club

Belper Meadows Community Sports Club is a multi-sport, volunteer-run, self funding organisation that exists to provide sporting facilities to the local Community. We have an all weather hockey pitch, cricket pitch, tennis courts & bowls green & 2 pavilion

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.

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.