Try Bowls

Try Bowls in 2022

Watch our Try Bowls Clubs video, where National Development Officer, Stuart Bell outlines the changes made to support our clubs grow their membership in the 2022 season and beyond:


What is a Bowls Scotland Try Bowls Club?

A Try Bowls Club provides…

Opportunities for the local community to try bowls – whether that’s targeted one off events, open days, or a series of drop in sessions

Access to equipment and / or coaching

A fun, safe, warm & welcoming environment for everyone

Opportunities to 'try before you buy' with discounted or flexible membership options

How do clubs sign up?

Register your club as a Try Bowls Club by competing the registration form and returning to your National Development Officer

Registration Forms are available as PDF or Word documents and can be returned to 

Forms work best on a desktop computer, if you have any problems completing a form, just contact your NDO who will help with the process.

What are the benefits of signing up to be a Bowls Scotland Try Bowls Club?

  • National Development Officer (NDO) Support
  • Try Bowls resource pack including posters, event guide plan, top tips & more
  • Use of Equipment – subject to availability
  • Recognition on Bowls Scotland Club Finder map as a Try Bowls Club
  • Use of the Try Bowls Logo

What is Try Bowls?

Try Bowls is Bowls Scotland’s national campaign aimed at getting new people into bowls and increasing membership in clubs.

In 2021, Bowls Scotland surveyed member clubs to gather information on what additional support is required - Membership growth was the number one priority going into 2022.

21% of our clubs delivered membership recruitment drives in 2021, but only half signed up to Try Bowls.  Feedback from clubs suggested that there needed to be a more flexible, less prescriptive approach to supporting clubs with recruitment.

With this in mind, Try Bowls in 2022 and beyond, will move from a single event sign up to a Try Bowls Club concept, providing clubs with more flexibility to help meet the needs of their club and local community.

More information...

To help clubs deliver recruitment sessions, the Bowls Scotland Introduction to Bowls Coaching Award (IBCA) teaches coaches to lead fun activities within a safe and inclusive environment. 87% of recent IBCA candidates stated they felt confident to deliver a Try Bowls event after completing the course.

In 2021 Gourock Park BC held 'come and try' sessions every Saturday during the summer to offer the community a chance to Try Bowls. Read more here and watch the video below.

More information, NDO contact details and top tips can be found in our 2022 Try Bowls Leaflets.

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