English Bowls Youth Development Scheme

A Partnership Initiative to provide a pathway to develop the sport for young people


The EBYDS Partnership comprises the National Governing Bodies of the Indoor and Outdoor Flat Green Bowling Associations together with the Umpires Associations and the English Bowls Coaching Scheme. The principle funding comes from the National Governing Bodies.

 The Scheme promotes Bowls for the young : both boys and girls in the 10 – 18 year-old age range. Juniors are in the range 10 – 14 and Seniors in the 14 – 18 range. It gives access to developmental competitions at all levels not usually available to all but the top experienced young players.


Each year, the Counties invite young players from their Clubs to play in the County Events : each Event varies in size but overall just over 1,000 youngsters play. There are two parts to the day : a round robin singles competition culminating in a semi-final and final for each group of Seniors and Juniors and also a Skill Exercise Competition. This latter part is unique to EBYDS and has a number of exercises to test and develop the basic skills needed to play the sport of bowls and hence improve the players’ game and potential. This section is run by experienced coaches who also have a short clinic after each skill for personal development. Points are awarded from the two parts of the day to determine the winners who go forward to the next stage. Those who do not go forward all benefit from the Event and our feedback from players and parents is very complimentary.

There are then 6 Regional Events with 32 players at each, drawn from the Counties. The format is the same as for the Counties but of course much more competitive. Just under 200 players compete, with the top 2 Juniors and top 2 Seniors going through to the National Event plus other high performers to make up 32 finalists.

The National School has 16 Juniors and 16 Seniors competing. The format is the same with different skills exercises being used. This is an exciting event, well attended by parents and supporters and by Officials from the Partnership, including National Officers and Presidents. We have always enjoyed exceptional bowling and been impressed by the skills that our young bowlers possess and demonstrate.

Many young bowlers have used this pathway to develop their bowling and have progressed onto selection for National teams both indoor and outdoor.

 Pat Osler

Chair, EBYDS Steering Group

If any Surrey Club would like to nominate any of their young bowlers for the Surrey Event would they please contact :-  Surrey County Co-Ordinator Shirley Clarke 01932 568581

EMail Shirley

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