Coaching and Umpiring - Bowls in Wales


Coaching plays a vital role in developing bowlers and improving the long-term development of the game.

Coaches can have a major influence on their understanding and enjoyment of the game, particularly for those new to the sport.

Welsh Bowls Coaching Association (WBCA) has developed a comprehensive coaching programme to meet the needs of players and coaches at all levels throughout Wales.

There are many levels of coaching available, from Introductory level through to High Performance level.

Coaching is available to ALL, whether able-bodied or with disabilities.

Coaches will be accredited via the WBCA, and will be invited to improve their own skill set from participation in a continuing education and development programme.

(Note: Candidates for 'Club Coach' will need to have been members of an official Bowls Club for at least two years, and should be supported by their club).

For all Indoor and Lawn Bowls Coaching Enquires please contact Welsh Bowls Coaching Association Officers or Regional Co-ordinators.  Contacts - John Jones (WBCA Hon Sec) - e-mail:

Lyn Perkins (WBCA Chairman) - e-mail:

Regional Co-ordinators - as in each National Governing Body Handbook

Please email to find out more.


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Umpires play an important role in managing and allowing a match to be played safely, fairly and within the laws of the sport of bowls in Wales.

The Welsh Bowls Umpires Association (WBUA) manages umpire development and qualification in Wales.

There are two grades of umpires, Level 1 and Level 2.

Level 1 Umpire Qualification

Successfully completing the Level 1 Umpire Qualification course enables qualified umpires to officiate at any internal or national competitions within Wales. This course takes place annually depending on the number of candidates.

Level 2 Umpire Qualification

Successfully completing the Level 2 Umpire Qualification course enables candidates eligible to be selected to officiate at Home, International and British Isles events. This course takes place as required by the WBUA Management Committee.


Markers Course

In order to develop the skills for those who mark games the WBUA set up a scheme for training and accrediting Markers.  The Markers Seminars are designed to brief Club Players in the correct procedures to adopt when marking a game of Bowls.  The Markers Course is recommended for all umpires, but is also open to players who have expressed an interest in Marking only.  If the candidate wishes to be registered on the WBUA Markers register the Markers Course would be followed up with an assessment procedure. This would qualify successful candidates to mark at national events and could be recognised as such by the NGBs. A qualification certificate would be issued by the WBUA and a register of qualified markers maintained.

The WBUA is looking to recruit new umpires.

If you are interested, please email or contact us at BowlsWales.



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