Club Development

A key aim of bowls Scotland is to “enable clubs to develop and grow”.

We work with bowling clubs in local communities of Scotland to help them in key areas such as developing clubs in their local area, recruiting members and volunteers, sharing relevant and up to date information on club governance and providing information and support in applying for funding and in complying with equality legislation.

Our Coach and Volunteer Education Programme also provides opportunities for all to develop skills and expertise in areas of coaching, green maintenance and business planning.

Try Bowls

Our Try Bowls campaign has one main aim: to encourage more people across Scotland to try bowls.

Over 260 Scottish bowling clubs have now signed up as a Try Bowls club.

Why should our club take part in Try Bowls?

Through our Try Bowls campaign, we aim to support bowling clubs in promoting our sport to prospective members in the local community.

All clubs that sign up will be featured on our Try Bowls website, receive promotional materials to promote their recruitment event and feature on our Social Media channels.

How do we take part?

To be part of the campaign all your club needs to do is download, complete and return the ‘Club Profile Form’ and inform us what recruitment events you have planned for that year. The information provided will be displayed on our Try Bowls website meaning that anyone looking to try bowls can find your club and more information on how they can get involved.

What can your club do to fully embrace this opportunity?

With most bowling clubs being at the heart of the community across Scotland, there are numerous opportunities for you to plan and host events to welcome individuals, families, work colleagues, community groups and even other local sports teams to your club.

Although your club can sign up by simply completing the Club Profile Form, we would strongly recommend that you plan recruitment events and activities during the bowling season.

This could be as simple as holding a Community Family Open Day, introducing new member offers or, for maximum impact, it could be regular new member coaching and/or social bowls sessions planned through August and September.

Please remember that if you don’t provide additional events for new members to come along or make participation as easy as possible, people are unlikely to come to your club. Please have a look at our ‘10 top tips for recruitment’ to help you plan your events and we also have a ‘Club Toolkit’ section on the Bowls Scotland website which provides further supporting documents and event ideas for clubs.

Here is a list of ideas of the type of events you could host throughout the year:

Looking for inspiration on organising a Try Bowls event in your area? Check out some of our Try Bowls success stories here:

To publish your recruitment event information on the Try Bowls website please complete the Event Profile Form.


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