Research and Information Services

Bowls, Lawn

Welsh Bowls Federation
Hon. Secretary
The Grange
Trevaughan
Whitland
SA34 0QL
Tel:
Email:
Web: www.welshbowlsfederation.org

Date established: 2002
Disciplines: The Federation is the national coordinating body for bowls in Wales and leads bowls in areas of common interest such as the development of junior and senior bowls, marketing and fund raising.

Committee Structure: The Federation is administered by a committee comprising two representatives from each of the governing bodies – The Welsh Bowling Association, The Welsh Indoor Bowls Association, The Welsh Ladies’ Indoor Bowling Association, The Welsh Women’s Bowling Association and The Welsh Short Mat Bowls Association – and one representative from each of the 2 service associations – The Welsh Bowls Coaching Association and The Welsh Bowls Umpires Association.

Regional Structure: None

Welsh Bowling Association
Hon. Secretary
6 Nordale Court
Fidlas Road
Llanishen
Cardiff
CF14 5NJ
Tel:
Email:
Website: http://www.welshbowlingassociation.co.uk

Date established: 1904
Disciplines: Men’s flat green bowls.

Committee Structure: Executive, Council, Selection and Sponsorship.

Regional Structure: The Association has 10 affiliated County Members: Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, Mid Glamorgan, Mid Wales, Monmouthshire, Montgomeryshire, Pembrokeshire, South Glamorgan, Vale of Glamorgan, and West Glamorgan.

Relationship to National Bodies: A member of the Welsh Bowls Federation and affiliated to the British Isles Bowls Council.
International Relations: Affiliated to the World Bowls Board.

Publications: Yearbook.

Membership Figures:

1991

1996

1999

2000

2001

2002

Clubs

n/a

n/a

299

296

295

299

Adult Members

n/a

n/a

10,900

10,434

10,276

10,198

Junior Members

n/a

n/a

n/a

270

318

392


Welsh Women’s Bowling Association
Hon. Secretary
Ffrydd Cottage
2 Ffrydd Road
Knighton
Powys
LD7 1DB
Tel:
Email:
Website: www.welshwomensbowling.co.uk

Date established: 1932
Disciplines: Women’s outdoor flat green bowling.

Committee Structure: Executive, Selection
Regional Structure: The Association comprises eight counties: South Wales and Monmouthshire, Glamorgan, Mid Wales, West Wales, Ceredigion, West Glamorgan, Carmarthenshire, Pen-y-Glyn.

Relationship to National Bodies: A member of the Welsh Bowls Federation and the British Isles Bowls Council.
International Relations: A member of the World Bowls Board.

Publications:

Membership Figures:

1991

1996

1999

2000

2001

2002

Clubs

n/a

162

164

167

168

Adult Members

n/a

3,529

3,677

3,747

3,757

3,767

Junior Members

n/a

260

250

250

250

250


Welsh Indoor Bowls Association
Hon. Secretary
50 Penyrheol Road
Gorseinon
Swansea
SA4 4GA
Tel:
Email:
Website: http://www.welshindoorbowls.com

Date established: 1934
Disciplines: Men’s flat green indoor bowls.

Committee Structure: Management, Executive, Development, National Fixture, Tournament and Championship.

Regional Structure:

Relationship to National Bodies:
A member of the Welsh Bowls Federation and the British Isles Indoor Bowls Council.
International Relations: A member of the World Indoor Bowls Council.

Publications: Handbook.

Membership Figures:

1991

1996

1999

2000

2001

2002

Clubs

n/a

n/a

24

24

25

25

Adult Members

n/a

6,792

7,466

7,366

7,237

6,799

Junior Members

n/a

n/a

n/a

282

288

326


Welsh Ladies’ Indoor Bowling Association
Hon. Secretary
19 Dinam Park Avenue
Ton Pentre
Rhondda
CF41 7AT
Tel:
Email:
Website: http://www.wliba.com

Date established: 1988
Disciplines: Women’s indoor flat green bowls.

Committee Structure: The Association is administered by an Executive Committee.

Regional Structure:

Relationship to National Bodies: A member of the Welsh Bowls Federation and the British Isles Women’s Indoor Bowls Council.
International Relations: A member of the World Indoor Bowls Council.

Publications: Handbook.

Membership Figures:

1991

1996

1999

2000

2001

2002

Clubs

n/a

n/a

23

23

23

23

Adult Members

n/a

n/a

3,062

2,900

2,841

2,645

Junior Members

n/a

n/a

24

40

23

42


Welsh Short Mat Bowls Association
Hon. Secretary
Cwmsadde Farm
Llangadog
Carmarthenshire
SA19 9PR
Tel:
Email:
Website: http://welsh-shortmat-bowls.mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/

Date established: 1987.
Disciplines: Men’s and women’s short mat bowls.

Committee Structure:

Regional Structure:
The Association is organised into 10 counties: Brecon & Radnor, Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, Clwyd, Gwent, Gwynedd, Monmouthshire, Montgomeryshire, Pembrokeshire and West Glamorgan.

Relationship to National Bodies: The Association is a member of the Welsh Bowls Federation.
International Relations: A member of the British Isles and World governing bodies.

Publications:

Membership Figures:

1991

1996

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

Clubs

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

130

Adult Members

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1,300

Junior Members

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

120


Additional Information

Bowls Participation
(n.b. this information covers both lawn and crown green bowls.)

Outdoor bowls participation has shown a slight decline in recent years. Indoor participation has fallen more sharply. In both cases the decline has been more marked in male participation.

Outdoor Bowls - % Adult Participation (aged 15+)

1991/92

1993/94

1995/96

1997/98

1998/99

2000/01

2002/03

Male

1.5

1.7

1.8

1.4

1.2

1.1

0.9

Female

0.6

0.4

0.5

0.7

0.4

0.3

0.4

Total

1.0

1.1

1.1

1.0

0.8

0.7

0.7



Indoor Bowls - % Adult Participation (aged 15+)

1991/92

1993/94

1995/96

1997/98

1998/99

2000/01

2002/03

Male

2.1

1.7

1.9

1.9

1.6

1.5

0.8

Female

0.9

0.9

0.9

1.0

1.1

0.8

0.6

Total

1.5

1.3

1.4

1.4

1.4

1.1

0.7



Participation in outdoor bowls is highest in the Vale of Glamorgan, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Conwy, Powys and Wrexham; indoor participation is highest in the Vale of Glamorgan, Pembrokeshire, Denbighshire, Ceredigion and Blaenau Gwent. Both indoor and outdoor bowlers had played an average of two times in the past 4 weeks.

Profile of Bowlers (n.b. this information covers both lawn and crown green bowls.)

There are around twice as many male as female bowlers, but the gap is narrower for indoor bowls. The majority of indoor and outdoor bowlers are aged over 55. For outdoor bowlers participation is highest in social groups B and C, whilst for indoor bowlers the highest rates are in social groups A, B and C1.

Provision for Lawn Bowls

Lawn bowls is played either on outdoor flat greens – almost always natural turf although there are a very small number of synthetic outdoor greens – or on indoor rinks. There are currently 25 indoor bowls halls in Wales having a total of 139 rinks.