Bowls is played by people of all ages, the basics are easy to pick up and you can play anytime, day or night. Traditionally its been seen as an older person`s game, but in recent years an increasing number of younger people are taking up the sport. To find out more about a local club near you, contact your local county from the  LIST OF SECRETARIES or contact the adminstration team









Why get onto            Its an accessible game that`s quick to learn and combines physical activity with precision and patience,  



Who is it for?             Played indoors on an artifical 45ft surface, bowls can be played by all ages and abilities


Is there a cheap       Some clubs pay and play and some have a yearly subscription 



What if i want a         It can improve muscle strenth, flexibility and endurance,  

proper workout


Can i take it to           It can be played at a competitive level, for those who want more of a challenge.

 another level?


Is there a                   Its a non-contact sport which is enjoyed by all, including people with disabilities

disability optio?


Is there a family        the game can be played for fun with the whole family



Short mat bowls can be enjoyed by all ages, played on a flat 45ft retangle carpet, The aim is simple - to get your bowls as close as possible to a small yellow ball called the "jack". However to play consistently well demands determination, concentration and practice. Because it is low impact sport, bowlers are able to continue playing for many years.





Bowls can be played in Singles, Pairs, Triples or Fours. Each player uses two Bowls with exception of the singles which a player has four bowls.




At this years World Championships, Local Schools enjoying themselves



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Short Mat In British Isles


Depending on your location the attached links may help you to find a Short Mat Bowling venue within the British Isles


Welsh Short Mat bowling Association            Scotland Short Mat Bowling Association       Irish Short Mat Bowling Association


        Manx Short Mat Bowling Association





If you find out Short Mat Bowls is not for you there are many varibles of the game including outdoor or indoor long mat. To find out more visit


Bowls England

English Indoor Bowling Association

Bowls Development Alliance

Welsh Bowling Association

Bowls Scotland

Northern Ireland Bowling Association

British Crown Green Bowling Association


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