County Secretary's News



Today public voting for the first ever Coach Bowls Coaching Awards has opened. We had a large number of nominations this year, and an independent panel have spent time deciding the top coaches in each category. Anybody from any affiliated club can vote, so get the message out to your club members so that they can vote as well! You can cast your vote here:


Voting closes on February 14th, so don’t delay! Please note you can vote once per device!


The 2018 Coaching Conference ‘Making a Positive Difference’ was filled before Christmas! We are compiling a waiting list should people still wish to put their names down. Speakers include Nigel Redman (Head of Performance Team Development at British Swimming), Giselle Mathers (Director of Rugby for Wasps RFC), Emma Atkins (Director of Coaching at UK Coaching), David Turner (GB and England Javelin coach and UK Coaching staff), Graeme Foreman (International Tennis coach, author and director of Performance Mind Academy). They will be presenting on the current coaching landscape, coaching young people and sport psychology.


Today, 1st February, also sees the launch of the new Coaches Log book and Recognition Scheme. Every Coach Bowls member will be receiving their new log book in the post over the coming weeks. This exciting development will give Coach Bowls the ability to track the numbers of people you are coaching so that we can better recognise and reward the excellent work that coaches do on a regular basis. All you will need to do is keep a record of the people you are coaching, your courses and training, we’ll award you some points and you earn a Bronze, Silver or Gold Reward. We hope you enjoy this new development and look forward to earning your first recognition reward that you can share with your club!


2nd Feb 2018

Bowling Tours Award of Excellence Competition.

The inaugral Award of Excellence Competition attracted 24 submissions by clubs within the County. This was an excellent response taking into account the submissions within other Counties and that this was the first time this type of challenge has been floated. It was to be expected that the range of submissions would be varied, but it was considered by the sponsors that overall they indicated that clubs had taken care with the content and information they supplied. 

The final results were as follows:

Overall Winners - Cranleigh BC who recieve  £1000, a flag and a match versus the President's Team in 2018. The sponsor's comment on the submission was "that the extensive and well presented evidence of their recruitmment efforts and work within the community showed a clear winner"

First Runner-up - Walton on Thames BC who receive £500. The sponsor commended the club for bringing colour and creativity into the sport and their dedication to recruitment including success with the Deaf Bowlers Association.

Second Runner-up - Wimbledon Park BC who receive £500. The sponsor was impressed that a small club based on a council green proved to be resourceful in their approach to recruitment and the use of their modern captivating website. 


Mention was made regarding submissions from Dorking BC, Cheam BC and Bletchingley BC who just missed out this time. 


A special event is being arranged at Cranleigh for the new season where the presentations will be made.


Secretaries Note: The sponsor has agreed to the Award being run again in 2018 with an emphasis on use of the internet as a tool in the recruitment programme of clubs. Clubs are urged to take the opportunity to be involved with what is after all what clubs should do .......increase membership.

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