Umpires and Markers play a vital role in the organisation of the sport of bowls at club, county, national and international level.

Many find umpiring and marking a very rewarding experience – and an opportunity to officiate at many different events.

Umpires have the opportunity to develop their skills and, if they wish to do so, to reach international level and experience the sport of bowls at the highest level.

The English Bowls Umpires Association also offers a markers course, which gives a very basic insight into the principles of marking a singles match and some instruction on some measuring exercises. The rest is up to you!

If you wish to find out more about the opportunities available (including latest course information), go to:

To officiate at events such as Commonwealth Games, World Bowls and other events governed by World Bowls Ltd, Umpires need to attain the World Bowls Ltd International Technical Officials (ITO) assessment which is required to be eligible for selection.

For more information on World Bowls’ commitment to Umpiring, go to:

For more information contact Lee Rowland on 07340 887687 or email and he would be pleased to assist you.

Umpiring Bursaries

The Bowls England Umpire Bursary helps members of affiliated clubs to obtain an English Bowls Umpiring Association (EBUA) qualification.

All successful applicants will be reimbursed up to £100 to assist with the cost of the course and necessary equipment.

Payment will only be made when an applicant has successfully completed their course and have completed this form along with providing copies of invoice, relevant certificates and receipt/s for the equipment/uniform.

Please note that due to expected demand, claims will be processed on a first come, first served basis. Any claim must be made within six months of the qualification date on the certificate.

The decision of the Bowls England awarding panel on all applications will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Please complete the form below in full to apply for a Bowls England Umpire Bursary.

Umpire Bursary Application Form (PDF)
Umpire Bursary Application Form (Word)

For more information contact Lee Rowland on 07340 887687 or email and he would be pleased to assist you.

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