The course is intended for Teachers who aim to introduce the sport within the school environment. As indicated by Sports Coach UK other adults may be trained if the school feels it is appropriate for their extended curriculum. This will not provide a coaching qualification in itself but merely sufficient knowledge and technique to introduce the sport


A teacher will already have:

  • Good knowledge of the pupils
  • Class management skills
  • Knowledge of the age group, especially the younger people.
  • The school situation and facilities
  • The necessary communication skills
  • Time management of classroom lessons.
  • Setting the pace of a session as in a lesson.


The teacher will build on the above background skills and will:

Attend a course of bowls with a minimum of 6 hours (in any combination, eg.2 x 3 hours) on the game

Acquire knowledge of:

  • The mat, the jack, and the bowls.
  • The setting of the mat.
  • The delivery and setting of the jack.
  • The delivery of the bowls.
  • Basic pairs game.
  • Take a 15 minute practical session on one or more of the above.
  • Develop a set of lesson plans for a six week programme for:
  • Children and young people aged 8-10 years.
  • Children and young people aged 11-12 years.
  • Successful participants will be awarded an EBCS Teachers Certificate and be able to introduce the basis skills of bowls within the school/teaching environment as part of the school PE Curriculum or the Extended School programme.

The cost will be £50.00 per candidate (payable to the course leader). This is all inclusive of registration with the EBCS, course Certificate, the ‘Coaching for All – Beginners’ manual and club rink fees

There may be additional traveling expenses in particular areas incurred by the local coach that will need to be negotiated with the candidates.(£15 of the course fee will be payable to the EBCS).


Courses may only be commissioned with the express approval of the National Coaching Coordinator Details of course content and the EBCS registration requirements will be forwarded on approval

Duration: 6 Hours (in any combination e.g. 3 X 2 hours etc.).

Tutors: Courses will be tutored by a Level Two or above Coach on the current register of the EBCS.

This course is aimed at primary and secondary teachers, trainee teachers, and adults other than teachers assisting in schools and those sports development officers working in the community. It aims to provide participates with the necessary knowledge and skills to introduce and teach the basic skills of the sport to young people. Will include the basic knowledge and techniques required to play the sport and also receive information regarding local clubs and facilities

Qualification: EBCS Teachers Certificate

Entry Level: This course is suitable for teachers, or adults other than teachers and sports development officers working in the community with no previous experience of the sport of bowls.

Practical – Theory ratio: 70% - 30%

Assessment: Continuous assessment.

Additional information:

Participants should wear appropriate clothing and footwear (trainers) for practical work. Bring a note book pen and pencil. The cost payable to the EBCS for the Teachers Certificate Course is £15.00 including the EBCS Coaching for All – Beginners Manual.


  • Contact the EBCS National Coaching Co-ordinator, or
  • Download the relevant details of the syllabus and application forms from the English Bowls Coaching Scheme website, and post completed form to: EBCS Secretary

Venue, equipment, and facilities required on the day:

  • Suitable area for practical sessions, or local Club facilities.
  • 6 sets of bowls, assorted sizes. Small bowls – cub, carpet.
  • Variety of balls – cricket, rounders, football, tennis, golf, etc.
  • Cones, shuttlecocks, other markers, etc.
  • 12 Measuring sticks – 2 metres in length also marked at 1 metre and half a metre.
  • 12 jacks.
  • Measuring tapes, wedges, 23 metre tape, chalk, etc. Rink marking tape.

Facilities Needed to Run the Course:

  • Access to tea/refreshment making facilities.
  • Space for discussion sessions with access to two electricity points for Computer/overhead projector, TV etc for a minimum of 16 potential coaches.

Administration and Roles:

  • The following persons/organizations should be fully informed of available facilities, timings and numbers prior to the commencement of any course.
  • The Local Development Officer/Regional coach/County Coach.
  • The Course Provider.
  • The School.