Bowls England is delighted to announce that Malcolm Evans has been appointed to the Board as Director of Coaching.
Evans brings over 35 years of service as a teacher, including 26 years as a Physical Education teacher and 20 years as Head of Department. He has coached in a professional capacity for all of his working life, working with all levels of ability within schools which he describes as ‘a challenge that was both testing but extremely rewarding’.
Having played bowls since the age of 14, Evans became a coach under the English Bowls Coaching Scheme in 1985 and has since completed Coach Bowls Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications, as well as becoming a Course Tutor for Coach Bowls at the end of 2017. Last year, he also became an Assessor for Coach Bowls and is one of the first coaches in the country to be working towards his Level 3 qualification.
Upon his appointment, Evans said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Bowls England’s Director of Coaching and I am keen to show that I have the necessary attributes, qualifications and skill set to be able to make a difference at this very exciting time for the sport of bowls.
“I firmly believe that coaching has an important role to play in the sport of bowls, not only at an initial level, ensuring that all prospective new bowlers receive the best possible and appropriate introduction to the game so that they can prosper and develop, but also to existing players who wish to take their game to the next level.
“It is an ambition of mine to get a coach in every club and continue to grow the game of bowls. I would like to encourage all those people who may have considered taking a Coach Bowls qualification to check out the Coach Bowls website (www.coachbowls.org) to see the available courses.”
Evans has played bowls for 48 years and has qualified for the National Championships on numerous occasions, reaching the final of the Middleton Cup with Warwickshire in 1998 and he still plays in their Middleton Cup team.
Evans’ working role within sports teaching and coaching, led him to challenge himself further where he has also been a District Level Coach in both Rugby and Basketball for over 20 years.
As a qualified ski instructor since 1993, Evans holds a Level 3 coach award with Snowsport England, which was achieved by in-depth analysis of his coaching with both beginner and performance level skiers.
Evans will officially join the Board on 1st April 2019 where he joins David Mitchell-Gears (Chair), Margaret Docherty (Director of Competitive Events), Adam Tanner (Director of Development), Stephen Hemsley (Director of Finance), David Tucker (Director of Governance) and Dr Anna Molony (Independent Director) on the Board for 2019.
Evans will replace John McGuinness, who resigned from the Board following his appointment as Bowls England’s High Performance Director.