Coaching with the ESMBA

ESMBA Chairman Barry Hedges, and Coaching Director Brian Baker, pictured working with CoachBowls at Watford.


The ESMBA have elected to pursue coaching excellence through Coach Bowls.

Coach Bowls have agreed to continue to recognise ESMBA existing approved Coaches at ESMBA Level 1, providing these coaches remain members of Coach Bowls currently approx. £10 per annum. These coaches however will still not be certificated and hence may well have issues in gaining access to schools, leisure centres and other educational facilities.


The ESMBA will encourage all ESMBA existing approved short mat coaches to attend and pass Coach Bowls Level 1, current cost of these professionally recognised certificates is £130. Copies of Certificate will need to be submitted to the ESMBA Coaching Director. This qualification will help coaches in visiting schools and the like. To book a course locally visit.  




  • ESMBA coaches must hold a valid Enhanced DBS Certificate cost £12, forms are available from the ESMBA Safeguarding Officer contact     The ESMBA Safeguarding Officer will need to sign off the issued DBS.
  • ESMBA coaches should have a current First Aid Certificate, copies of current certificates if held are required to be submitted to the Coaching Director. A recognised certificated course is St. John Ambulance Essential First Aid (All Ages) cost £30. To book a course visit.



The ESMBA will recognise Coach Bowls Level 1 coaches from other codes to coach short mat providing they are current members of the ESMBA and Coach Bowls, play short mat and hold current DBS Certificate. These coaches can be added to our approved coaches list.


Intent to be added to the ESMBA Coaching list together with Copies of all certificates must be submitted to the coaching director.


Coaches will be expected to promote the game of short mat bowls and be pro-active in coaching (not wait to be asked). They will be expected to organise coaching sessions and submit coaching summaries quarterly to the ESMBA Coaching Director. Forms are provided.



A recent coaching session held at a recently formed club in Perton, Staffs. Attended by B Baker (CD) L Dean, J Scoins & S Bailey

The ESMBA may arrange CPD’s (Continuous Professional Development Modules), which will  be in written form, these may well be followed with training sessions which coaches will be expected to attend 


The ESMBA recognise that this coaching policy requires a great deal of commitment on the part of coaches and with this in mind the ESMBA will pay towards achieving the qualifications needed.

The following scale of funding will be offered: Once a pass is obtained and name/contact details added to the ESMBA Coaching Directory.


Counties with members:

  • 1-500 Members ESMBA will refund 1 coaching course cost on passing Level 1
  • 501-1000 Members ESMBA will refund 2 coaching course costs on passing Level 1
  • 1000+ Members ESMBA will refund 3 coaching course costs on passing Level 1

Level 2 Course Funding will be on a request basis.


ESMBA Coaching Director: Brian Baker

First Aid Courses will be reimbursed on sight of the certificate at the same ratio as above or by previous agreement and DBS costs will be refunded on receipt of the update registration number.


Counties are therefore requested to actively promote this initiative and formulate their own      internal application process, thus fully endorsing each coaching applicant.



If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Brian Baker

ESMBA Coaching Director

Phone: 01258 817432



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