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 2024 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 Activator 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

2023 Try Bowls Highlights

Last season saw an increase in clubs moving to the new Try Bowls Club format with 397 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)

Ellon BC | Eskmills BCGrant Park BC |


Try Bowls Survey

2023 saw a 46% increase in the number of clubs registering as a Try Bowls club, bringing the total to 375 clubs across Scotland.  In addition, last year, we committed to invest £65,000 to create 24 Try Bowls Activator positions to provide strong, meaningful, localised support for clubs; specifically, community to club transition, retention, and membership growth in addition to the support provided by our wonderful National Development Officers.

At the end of the 2023 Season, we surveyed Try Bowls clubs as well as capturing feedback from the 8 Try Bowls Activators to gather insights on the Try Bowls programme and how we can continue to progress this club development support offering.  

The results of the survey can be found by clicking here.


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