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The National Governing Body for Outdoor Flat Green Lawn Bowls in England


‘In consideration of the favourable replies to the circular sent out by the London County Bowling Club on the 8th May it was decided forthwith to establish an ‘English Bowling Association’ – Extract taken from the minutes of the first recorded meeting of the EBA, 8th June 1903 at the Cricket Pavillion, Crystal Palace at 7 p.m.


Established on 1st January 2008, following the merge of the English Bowling Association (EBA) and the English Women’s Bowling Association (EWBA), Bowls England governs the sport of outdoor flat green lawn bowls in England.


Records of Lawn Bowls being played in England date back to the 12th Century, when the reigning monarch passed laws aimed at restricting its play.  The concern at that time was that the compelling nature of the sport, caused the kings bowman to spend too much time playing and not enough time refining their skills in battle.  At Bowls England we can understand this fascination for our sport.


There are currently 35 affiliated County Associations, as of May 2022 we had 1949 clubs registered nationwide consisting of 93,641 players.


The current home for Bowls England is within Warwick District Council House, Milverton Hill, Royal Leamington Spa, CV32 5HZ.


Warwick District Council’s Victoria Park hosts the women’s and the men’s national championships.  The greens are of an international standard, and have hosted events such as the 1996 and 2004 Women’s World Bowls Championships and the 2022 Commonwealth Games.


Read more about our purpose through our ‘Fit for the Future’ strategy.

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