Try Bowls

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?

To register your club as a Try Bowls Club, click on the purple "Try Bowls Registration" button in the top right corner of our website and enter the clubs details.

Alternatively, clubs can email providing their club name and main contact's email and phone number.

More information, NDO contact details and top tips can be found in our 2023 Try Bowls Leaflets


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

2022 Try Bowls Highlights

Last season saw an increase in clubs moving to the new Try Bowls Club format with 256 clubs registering across Scotland that their doors are open to the local community to come along to the club.

Click on the links below to re-visit some of the stories from clubs that engaged with support from our National Development officers (NDO’s)

Insch BC | Marchmount BC | Kettle BC


Try Bowls Survey

In 2022, a total of 256 clubs across Scotland signed up and registered as a Try Bowls club. This represents 31% of clubs across Scotland, although we are aware of clubs who run their own recruitment events independent of the programme.

At the end of the 2022 season all 256 clubs were asked to complete a Try Bowls survey to evaluate the support provided via Try Bowls; help identify any additional support required and evaluate the impact the programme had on membership recruitment.

Thank you to the 76 clubs that took time to complete the survey. The results of the survey can be found by clicking here.


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