Become a Coach

Coaches are essential for teaching and developing players at every level of Bowls - the role of the coach ought not to be underestimated. It is recommended that all Clubs have at least one BDA recognised Coach and at least two ‘Play Bowls Activators’.  If the club has 40+ members, we recommend having more than one BDA recognised Coach.

Training courses are provided under the ‘Coach Bowls’ banner and is the only bowls coaching system supported and funded by Bowls England.

Coaching Pathway

Coach Bowls uses the UK Coaching Framework as a guideline for development, and its stated aim is to provide ‘a world class bowls coaching system for all’. For more details on Coach Bowls, including information on membership and training opportunities for coaches, go to:

1. Play Bowls Activator course

The purpose of this 4 hour Play Bowls Activator Module (formally Play Bowls Introductory Module) is to equip both new and existing coaches and volunteers with some basic knowledge, information and skills to offer a fun, informal and relaxed introduction to the sport of Bowls. A new bowler’s first impression of the sport is often the difference between them taking up membership of the club or not.

This course will provide you with:

  • Skills to welcome any new bowler into your club
  • Confidence to organise an entertaining, relaxed and an enjoyable introductory session
  • Ability to create a positive lasting impression

The cost of the course is just £35.

2. The Level One Award in Coaching Bowls

The purpose of this 2 day course is to equip coaches & volunteers to develop an understanding of safe, ethical and effective bowls coaching. It will also allow Level 1 Bowls coaches who are aged 18+ to independently deliver four taster sessions to beginners as part of the Play Bowls 4 Fun programme.

It provides an opportunity to study and be assessed on both the practical and theoretical aspects of coaching bowls to groups of beginner adults and children in an appropriate environment.

The course includes the completion of a portfolio and an assessment.
The cost of the course is £130. *

3. The Level Two Award in Coaching Bowls

The qualification will support coaches to effectively PLAN and DELIVER series of structured sessions to bowlers from beginner stages through to competitive club players. It puts the bowler at the centre of all developments and concentrates not just on what to coach but on how to get the best from the people you are working with.

The course takes 5 days to complete in total followed by the completion of a portfolio and an assessment.
The course costs £220. *

* Bursaries for coaches from Bowls England affiliated clubs are available. See FUNDING section for more details.

Coach Bowls & Insurance

The BDA Coach Bowls membership scheme provides insurance, support and benefits to all levels of coaching, whatever code you coach. By joining the BDA Coach Bowls Membership scheme you are actively supporting all of the work we do, helping invest in the development of Bowls coaching, supporting the future of the sport from grass roots to elite.

Qualified Coaches in Leicestershire

County Coach

Frank Muston
Tel: 01455 612060

Level 2 Coaches

  • Martin Shipley (Hinckley BC)

Level 1 Coaches

  • Brenda Galubickas (Kegworth BC)
  • Martin Shipley (Hinckley BC)