These nominations are a chance to celebrate and recognise outstanding efforts across our sport over the past 12 months.  There are 14 awards up for grabs and we welcomed nominations from everyone in our sport. Nominations closed on Friday 25th November. Some of the awards will be decided by an expert panel, others by a public vote. All awards will be presented at the Awards Night on Saturday 25th February 2023 at The Athena, Leicester and those short-listed will receive complimentary access to this wonderful occasion.

Here are the list of our 14 Awards. Nominations are now closed but take a read through the awards to see how people will be recognised at the Awards Night in February!

Tickets for this event are available here!

You can take a look back at the Awards winners of 2022 here.

Fit for the Future Award - New award for 2023

Bowls England strategy is focused around increasing the numbers of people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds playing our sport.  This accolade celebrates an incredible marketing initiative at club or county level, which has led to a growth in participation or has increased exposure for our sport.  Particular focus will be on clubs who made bowls more diverse and inclusive.

Nominations are open to individuals, clubs or County Associations.  The nominations will be shortlisted by an expert panel with an online vote held to determine the winner.

Thank you for your nominations for this award. Nominations have now closed.

England Bowler of the Year - Men & Women

The outstanding male and female bowler who have represented England in international bowls, or performed exceptionally in 2022 national domestic competition.  After an exceptional performance at the Commonwealth Games and European Championships, this will be fiercely contested.

This award will be decided by the other England players, management staff and the international selectors.

England Rising Star - Men & Women

The outstanding male and female bowler (under 27 at 1 April 2022) who have represented England in junior international bowls, or performed exceptionally in 2022 national domestic competition.

This award will be decided by the other England players, management staff and the international selectors.

County of the Year

County Associations play a pivotal role in the administration of our sport.  This award is for the County Association, which has done the most outstanding work across all areas of development, competition, governance, promotion and national initiatives.

There are no nominations.  The award will be shortlisted and decided by an expert panel.

Club of the Year, sponsored by Sutton Winson

Clubs are the heartbeat of our sport, so which of our 2000 clubs will follow Kingswood and Hanham BC and receive this year’s coveted title?  This award celebrate clubs that have made the most significant contribution over the last 12 months across all facets of club management and development.

This award is open to all clubs which are affiliated to Bowls England.  A club can nominate itself or be nominated by their County Association.  The shortlist and winner will be decided by an expert panel.

Thank you for your nominations for this award. Nominations have now closed.

Team of the Year

There’s little better than the camaraderie of being part of a team.  This award recognises the team that has performed admirably on the green over the past 12 month, at national, county or club level. That could be a team of any size, from Pairs all the way up to a Middleton or Johns.

This award is open to all teams, whose players are affiliated to Bowls England.  A team can nominate itself of it can be nominated by its club or County Association.  The shortlist and winner will be decided by an expert panel.

Thank you for your nominations for this award. Nominations have now closed.

Greenkeeper of the Year, sponsored by Dennis Mowers and SISIS

Quality playing surfaces are critical for the enjoyment of bowlers and the growth of our sport.  This prize will be awarded to a greenkeeper at an affiliated club who has done outstanding work on their green.

Greenkeeper of the Year is open for nominations from clubs or County Associations. This will be shortlisted by Bowls England, with the winner decided by an expert panel, including greens specialist Alan Lewis and Dennis Mowers and SISIS.

Thank you for your nominations for this award. Nominations have now closed.

Coach of the Year

Coaches play a huge role in helping bowlers at all levels to reach their potential and enjoy our sport.  Celebrating the best of the coaching community in England, this gong will honour the most outstanding and motivational coach of the past 12 months.

Nominations are open to recipients of great coaching, clubs and County Associations.  This award will be decided by an expert panel featuring a Coach Bowls representative.

Thank you for your nominations for this award. Nominations have now closed.

Umpire of the Year

Without umpires, playing competitive bowls is simply not possible.  This award will be presented to the umpire or marker who has gone above and beyond in 2022.  Their work will have helped deliver great experiences for participants this year.

Nominations are open to players who have experienced excellent officiating, clubs and County Associations.  This award will be decided by an expert panel including an English Bowls Umpires Association (EBUA) representative.

Thank you for your nominations for this award. Nominations have now closed.

Unsung Hero

“You make a living from what you get.  You make a life from what you give.”  Our sport is full of people who work tirelessly behind the scenes. This accolade will recognise someone who has contributed impressively to any area of voluntary activity to support the delivery of our sport over the last 12 months.

Nominations are open to clubs and County Associations.  The shortlist will be decided by an expert panel and then be put to an online vote to decide the winner.

Thank you for your nominations for this award. Nominations have now closed.

Certificate of Merit

This is Bowls England’s most prestigious award.  Our equivalent to a Lifetime Achievement Award, this will recognise someone who has made an outstanding contribution to our sport at club or county level over an extended period of time.

Nominations are open to clubs and County Associations.  A Bowls England expert panel will decide the shortlist and winner.

Thank you for your nominations for this award. Nominations have now closed.

Bowls Maker of the Year

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our sport and we could not deliver our event programme without those who give their time to support the Bowls England team.  This award is specifically for the outstanding volunteer at Bowls England events, such as the National Finals.

This will be decided by an expert panel, with the shortlist drawn up by the Bowls England staff team.

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