After much discussion, the ESMBA Management Committee has ratified its previous decision to withdraw from the Bowls Development Alliance (BDA). The BDA had been advised of our concerns and although some were addressed it was agreed that a 4-year financial commitment of £18,000 plus a further £15,500 toward the coaching scheme could not be justified to our membership based on the results shown over the past 4 years.
The ESMBA Management Committee has also decided to align with the Association of Bowling Codes, (ABC), alongside British Crown Green, English Bowls Federation, English Bowls Coaching Society and the Safeguarding panel.
The ABC is a newly formed association that intends to provide mutual cross code co-operation to promote the sport at an affordable and amicable level.
The Association of Bowling Codes
Tuesday 11th December 2012
It is with great pleasure that the English Short Mat Bowls Association (ESMBA), together with The British Crown Green Bowling Association (BCGBA), and the English Bowling Federation (EBF), have joined together to form The Association of Bowling Codes (The ABC of Bowls). The previous Safeguarding Panel will advise the ABC of Bowls and its constituent NGBs, Counties and Clubs on all Safeguarding matters. The English Bowls Coaches Society (EBCS), the British Crown Green Coaching Scheme and The English Short Mat Bowling Association, have formed a Coaching Forum under the ABC of Bowls to advise on all coaching matters. The ABC of Bowls aims are to Identify Funding opportunities and apply for that funding for the benefit of all members. It will also identify good practice within the Family of Bowls and share such practices with all NGBs. Further it will identify savings on products and services for the benefit of all members. It will maintain links with Sport England, Sports Coach UK, The Sport and Recreation Alliance and any other body nationally or locally deemed to be of help to the Family of Bowls.
Between the three NGBs there are some 4500 Clubs and some 275,000 bowlers who through the ABC of Bowls will have a National Voice.