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Review of Bowls in Wales

Please see below correspondence from Bowls Wales regarding the survey review of Bowls in Wales which is now live.


The survey link can also be found on the BowlsWales website.


We ask all Bowlers to try and complete the Survey as the better the response rate the more representative the Survey will be and everyone will have the opportunity to share their views.

Review of Bowls in Wales


On behalf of BowlsWales and the National Governing Bodies for the Indoor, Outdoor, Short Mat and Crown Green forms of the game, I am pleased to announce that we have commissioned an independent review of the sport in Wales.

This will be a wide ranging and independent review, covering multiple areas including:

  • Governance
  • Structure
  • Communications
  • Safeguarding
  • Development
  • Performance
  • Coaching and officiating
  • PR and marketing
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion

We have commissioned Counsel Ltd (www.counselltd.com) to undertake the review on our behalf. We expect the review to take around 4-5 months to complete, though it may need longer. We are committed to making sure that this review is both comprehensive and inclusive. To this end, we plan to run a survey of bowlers and other interested stakeholders followed by a series of interviews, focus groups and public meetings to hear your views.

The survey is now open here https://counsel.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/bowls-wales-survey-2022 and will remain open for at least 4 weeks. If you or your members find this challenging, we will be happy to look at other options including an open electronic mailbox to submit responses and hard copy written responses (sent via Bowls Wales). The survey itself is anonymous but you have the option to share contact details if you wish to engage in the latter stages of the review. We would encourage everyone to complete the whole survey as there are several opportunities in the survey where you can share your thoughts on specific areas and we would encourage you to do so.

Following the survey, we will be hosting a series of interviews with key stakeholders, focus groups and public meetings (which Bowls Wales Board Members will attend to hear directly from bowlers). We are planning to run these as a mixture of online sessions and face to face sessions held at venues across Wales.

This review represents a very important opportunity for those with an interest in Bowls in Wales to articulate their views, suggestions, and concerns and to identify practical ways to move forward and to allow the sport to thrive. I look forward to hearing from you.

Richard Palmer Chair, BowlsWales

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