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Bowls Coaches and Umpires we need you!

Calling all bowls Coaches and Umpires

Bowls Central has been delivering greenkeeping and club management advice for 5 years now and we have grown a substantial readership as a result.

Now that the site is established as an online destination for bowlers and clubs looking for help, I’d like to expand the range of advice offered.

In particular I see a need for detailed articles on the following subject areas:

  1. The Rules of the game (all disciplines and federations) and the decisions that are made about these during matches by Umpires.
  2. Coaching techniques and advice for players to help them improve their game and advice on how to deliver effective coaching at club level.

With this in mind, I’d like to ask if you, or any of your friends have experience in either of these fields and would be interested in writing an article, a series of articles or even a regular column for Bowls Central?

I’d like to see this type of help expanded as much as our readership feels it needs to be on Bowls Central so am happy to support you in any way I can to help you deliver advice on these subjects. There is no direct payment available for this work, but depending on the quality and frequency of articles you are able to provide, we can support writers in some or all of the following:

  • Editing and formatting articles for publication
  • Publicising your work through the site, our mailing list and our social media channels
  • Helping you to sell (on bowls central) any services or publications you’ve created that will be of benefit to our readership relating to these subject areas.
  • Help with design, editing, layout and publishing of any longer written works you create on these subjects.

Please feel free to reply with any questions you have about this, or to make a suggestion. I’d also be pleased if you could alert any of your friends or contacts who might be interested.


Please reply using the contact form.



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Bowled Over

Historic England have published a new, lavishly illustrated book by bowls historian Hugh Hornby that is the first study of its kind. The book explores the history and architecture of some of the UK’s oldest bowling pavilions.

This fascinating book chronicles the the game over the centuries and looks at the emergence of the different codes that are followed around the UK.

More photos in this BBC article

Get the book here:

Bowling Club Turnaround- the 5 Actions you MUST Take now! FREE REPORT

Bowls TurnaroundFirst it was a double dip and now it seems that the UK is on for a Triple Dip recession! With all this doom and gloom around, its no wonder that many bowling clubs are like rabbits caught in the headlights.

It seems like there is nothing we can do to ensure the survival  of our bowling clubs never mind actually increasing revenue and building a successful, thriving club for the future.

Well, its easy to get caught up in the misery of it all, especially when you look out of the window and see grey skies and rain. Then the news comes on and its all flood warnings and danger triangles! Long summer evenings on the green seem like a universe away!

However, this is exactly the time when you have time on your hands to get your bowling club set up for a bright future.

Ignore the news and just take these 5 easy steps to turning your club around for the long term. I’ve written a new report detailing the 5 most important steps you Must take now to make sure your club is one of the lucky ones. There’s actually no luck involved, its just a matter of employing the right actions at the right time to set your club up for future success that many dismiss as impossible.

Download your FREE report NOW!

How to use the Winter Months to Transform your Bowling Club.

A large proportion of Bowling Clubs are currently experiencing a downturn in their fortunes.

The finances at many of these clubs just don’t make sense, yet they struggle on year after year and somehow manage to hang on, even when member numbers are ridiculously low.

This shows a determination and drive by clubs to survive regardless of how hard things get and that is to be applauded.

However, so many of these clubs needn’t be struggling in the way they are now.

Ask any bowling club member; what is the most important attribute for a bowling club to thrive and they will say: A Great Bowling Green

Why is it then that the very industry that claims to be there to support clubs in achieving better quality greens is actually just bleeding the sport dry by continually hard selling products and services to cash strapped clubs when there is very good evidence that these methods are actually detrimental to the green.

How many bowling greens have you played on that are of consistently high performance year in year out?

How many crises, have you experienced on your green in the last 20 years and how many magic remedies have you tried to fix it with? More importantly, how much cash has your club burned through  in an effort to reach the Nirvana of a high performance and reliable bowling green?

Well the answer to all of this grief is to think differently about bowling green maintenance.

For too long we have been sold the idea that a few bags of this and a bottle of that will cure all of our problems, but this is Symptom Management in action.

The real causes of poor green performance are  the underlying problems on greens perpetuated by following flawed traditions in turf maintenance, such as top-dressing.

This plays us right into the hands of the salesmen, who don’t really want things to get better in the long term.

For this weekend only I have reduced the price of our best selling eBook: Performance Bowling Greens, a practical guide, in order to make sure that as many clubs as possible have access to this step by step plan for improving your bowling green for the long term.

This 100 page eBook:

  • Blows away all of the commonly held myths about bowling green maintenance.
  • Exposes the expensive greenkeeping “traditions” that run away with cash and actually harm your green.
  • Reveals an amazingly simple but powerful formula that you can follow to turn the performance of your green around starting today.
  • Details a sustainable and common sense approach to future maintenance that will allow your green to continue improving for ever more.
  • Explains what is actually going on under the surface so that you can easily measure progress at each step of the way.
  • Shows you how the majority of problems experienced on bowling greens are related very closely to just one common maintenance mistake that nearly every bowling club is making right now.
  • Leaves you with a comprehensive plan for your future maintenance, that will not only result in a high performance green, but will actually save the majority of UK clubs money on their maintenance bills.

I’ve included Performance Bowling Greens in a 72 Hour sale where you can also make great savings on all of our current publications.

If you have any questions you know you can always just drop me a line here.

The Maintenance YOU MUST do now for a PERFORMANCE BOWLING GREEN next season!

Autumn and Winter Bowling Green Maintenance GuideHow has your bowling green performed this season?

If the answer is “brilliantly”! we truly have a high performance bowling green, then congratulations you probably need read no further.

However, if your club is like many I speak to then its probable that your answer will be somewhat less positive and that you could benefit from my new 34 page guide to Essential Autumn and Winter bowling green maintenance and preparation.

During this season has your green suffered from:

  1. Slow play?
  2. Un-even surface?
  3. Un-predictable rinks?
  4. Inconsistent surface?
  5. Soft and spongy turf?
  6. Bumpy rinks?
  7. Fungal disease, slime, moss, weeds or dry patch?

These are all common problems in the UK and the answer to beating them lies in the Autumn and Winter Maintenance you do starting NOW.

In my new Autumn/Winter Maintenance guide you will learn:

  1. The 3 most important issues in Performance Green Management
  2. The reason many greens never improve, this is an eye opener for many clubs!
  3. The Maintenance items you MUST DO NOW to prepare your green for next season
  4. The commonly used maintenance practices YOU MUST AVOID if you don’t want to make your green worse than it already is. Unfortunately, many clubs will already be preparing to undertake these tasks unaware that they are about to damage their green further.
  5. A guide to the Autumn/Winter maintenance you need to do to get your green off to a flying and early start next spring

Please don’t fall into the trap that many clubs will this autumn: make sure you are performing the correct maintenance tasks to give your green the best chance next season.

Autumn and Winter Bowling Green Maintenance Guide
Autumn and Winter Bowling Green Maintenance Guide
The ultimate guide to Autumn Renovation and Winter Bowling Green Maintenance detailing the essential maintenance your bowling green needs through this most critical of maintenance seasons. What you do now will determine how the green performs next season. INSTANT DOWNLOAD ebook more details
Price: £9.97

Beer application reduces maintenance costs by half!

Scientists in South America are developing a new strain of turfgrass that responds to applications of beer slops by only growing at half the rate of normal grasses.

Turf managers are already getting excited about the development saying that the beer swilling turf drastically reduces labour costs for bowling green maintenance and potentially creates a use for beer slops and half drunk pints from the clubhouse bar.

The breakthrough was spotted by accident by a greenkeeper at Lirpa Premia Bowling Club. When interviewed by Bowls-Central, greenkeeper Avril Primo said “its amazing, the grass seems to come up “half cut”, it’s going to revolutionise bowling greenkeeping the world over and I can finally put all of the half pints left over on Sunday night to good use”.

We tried to contact the Science team involved but we were told that we couldn’t speak to anyone until the second day of April.

Bowls Social Network

Getting started on bowls-central’s new social network is easy. In a few minutes you can be set up and start benefiting from the many new features the social network brings to the site and its members.

To get started just Register and you will be up and running in minutes.

Use the top most menu on the any page to register for your free membership and to organise and manage your profile and the type of content you want to get involved with.

What is a Member?

Everyone who signs up to bowls central is a member of the community and is free to use all of the site features including:

Activity Streams 

Activity Streams allow you to keep track of the information you are following on the site. Global, personal, and group activity streams with single-stream view. Included are threaded commenting, status updates, favourites, @mentions, RSS feeds, and email notifications.

User Groups

You can join user groups; I’ve set up some initial special interest groups and members are free to join any of these or request a new group specific to their interests.

Groups can be public, private or hidden to allow members to break the discussion down into specific topics.


Each user group has its own fully featured discussion forum to allow for more in-depth conversations between members. Simply add to an existing discussion or start your own in the forum that best suits the topic. If it isn’t there just request a new user group and forum and you’ll be up and running straight away.

Private Messaging

Private messaging allows members to talk to each other directly, in private. Members can even send messages to multiple recipients at a time.

Friend Connections

Members can make friend connections so they can track the activity of each other, and focus on the people they are most interested in.

Member Settings

Members can change their notification options and sensitive account information, for example to be notified by email when new activity occurs in a group they are interested in.

Future Developments

We will continue to add further features as and when they are available or by demand. This will include making it possible for every member to set up their own blog.

So don’t delay…join up today and join in the conversation on bowls central social! You can register here.

New Bowls Social Network

chat and share ideas within the new Bowls Social area

Today sees the launch of a host of new interactive features here on bowls-central.

Although not very prominent at the moment if you look at the top left of any main page you will see a new menu called Bowls Social Network, although we would like to arrive at a better name soon and I’ve put up a little competition to see if we can do that!

The new features include Special Interest Groups which you can join to enter the discussion with other members. Membership is free and setting up your profile is very straight forward.

I have set up a few starter groups including ones for the four home nations of Great Britain and Ireland and groups focussed on Performance Greens, Club Survival and Club Membership issues. I will be happy to set up any other relevant groups requested by members.

Once you join a group or groups you will have access to a host of features including discussion forums, private messaging, extended member profiles, friend connections, user groups, activity posting etc.

Don’t worry if you don’t understand everything at the outset just jump in and set up your profile today.

Its easy…just click here choose a user name and password and join the conversation today! Alternatively select “Register” from the Bowls Social Network menu at the top left of any main page.

I’ve put up a few starter questions on the forums to get things moving.

Site users who have previously signed up for the Bowls Club Mastermind Network will be able to sign in with their existing user name and password, or alternatively set up a new account.

As usual, if you have questions or need any help with any of this; just drop me a line by clicking here.

Hope to see you on our new bowls social network!

John Quinn