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Level 1 -Class

Completed two more Level 1 courses

Oxford: 8 new qualified coaches 28th April 2017

Followed by Cambridge with eleven qualified coaches 6th May 2017

Cambridge are already advertising their next Level 1 course in Oct 2017.
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 Safeguarding in Sport - Time to Listen
Successful Module held at the Garston B.C. on the 4th July 2016. This four hour course was well received by all who attended. The Tutor with significant experience, led the session and effectively involved the whole class ensuring they gained valuable information on their understanding of the role of a Welfare Officer at their bowls clubs. Their feedback forms showed a consistency in their responses to the need for the Module and that they would recommend to others. Hertfordshire hopes to run a further session early in 2017 and asks that interest in attending the Module should be sent to

1st4Ssport LEVEL 1
Bushey BC Clubmark Team

Latest Level 1 Course

Daventry 20th March: Another 10 ~ 1st4sport coaches ~ passing their test of competence.
Bowlers from 5 counties attended the course and demonstrated how well the offer to
join a coaching course, wherever
it is being run in England, is working well.
Daventry IBC were excellent hosts very good facilities and access from the M1 could not have been easier.

Another Activator Success

February 16th saw another 'full-house' for the Activator module delivered in Hertfordshire.
19 candidates successfully completed the module. Their Evaluation awarded the module an overall score of 9.3 with 2/3rds of scoring 10. Feedback was very positive and typical of the replies "I have a new confidence for this years Open Day"; "leant a lot that I thought I knew" ;"time and money well spent". Two of the attendees travelled to Hertfordshire from Lancashire. 


Bushey Bowls Club Gain CLUBMARK


Thursday 16th July at Bushey Bowling Club were the proud recipients of a Clubmark certificate. Catherine Newman the 'project leader' said "we are pleased to be only the second Bowls Club in Hertfordshire to be awarded this certificate of excellence". 
The award was presented by Kieran Crombie (Sports Project Officer HSP) at a Lunchtime Celebration with honoured guests from the Hertfordshire bowling community and Hertsmere Borough Council in attendance including 
Graham Marriner (HB Development Officer) who together with Kieran Crombie was said by the club to have greatly assisted them their application.


Thanks were given to all members of the Club for the work they put in on a daily basis to enable the smooth running of our club and which has helped achieve this award.


Thanks were also given to the Club's bowlers who have excelled themselves on the bowling green. This year seven Ladies reach the County finals in teams and singles, all of whom will represent Hertfordshire at the National finals in Leamington Spa this August. In addition the Club has won the County leg of the Ladies Top Club competition.

Finally thanks was given to new members to bowling who have become, or are becoming excellent bowlers and will hopefully ensure the futures of the Club.

Bushey Bowls Club {King George Recreation Ground, Chiltern Avenue. Bushey. WD23 4RF

Level 1 Course (Essex)

Braintree B.C. hosted the latest Level 1 coaching course. Twelve attendees;
four from Hertfordshire, two from Middlesex and six from Essex are to take
their Day 2 (Assessment) on the 20th June.


Seven more L1 Coaches
17th Dec. 2014: Harpenden IBC are the latest Herts. club to host the Level 1 course. All seven 'learners' gained their
1st4sport coaching qualification. The course had attendees from Middlesex and Bucks, in addition to Hertfordshire. In the last year Hertfordshire has gained 49 Level 1 (BDA) coaches. 
The BDA development pathway  for coaching is slowly being understood as the logic of candidates to first exercising their Level 1 skills, before progressing on to Level 2 and beyond is aimed at improving the quality of coaching. The forthcoming BDA courses for coaching disabled person and Welfare (Time to Listen), safeguarding in our Sport and the Activator module bodes well for coaching in 2015.      

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# StopBullying

Anti-Bullying Week (17th-21st Nov.)  is being run in Hertfordshire by HSP and has highlighted the need to understand the signs of this abuse.

 =Raise awareness of the issues  around bullying

= Help to recognize children and young people who may be particularly vulnerable to bullying.

=Especially recognise the bullying of disabled children and those with special educational needs. 


 BDA Volunteer Award 
At the National Championships at Royal Leamington Spa on the 20th Aug. the Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) Award for the recognition of the Voluntary Work in bowls recruitment and retention, carried out in Hertfordshire, was presented to Graham Marriner (Chairman Herts. BDA) Potters Bar B.C. and Diana Tribe (Secretary Herts. BDA) St Albans BC by Adie Lloyd President Bowls England. Susan Cooper, BDA Director of Development and Paul Humphries BDA Development Manager joined Graham and Diana at the B.E. lunch for the presentation.  

BDA Volunteer Award 2014
Graham & Diana with Presidents B.E. & Herts Bowls
Mayor Cllr. Paul Morris Presents CLUBMARK
Sandra Smale-Mayor-Team Leader Graham Marriner- Brian Burfoot


Potters Bar Bowls Club achieve double first
otters Bar Bowls Club is not only the first Hertfordshire Bowls Club to achieve Clubmark accreditation but also the first to achieve the generic standard since the Herts Sports Partnership were Licensed by Clubmark.

The club registered for Clubmark in April 2013 and quickly set up a project group that included Graham Marriner (Club Secretary, Head Coach and County Development Officer), Sandra Smale (coach) and Brian Burfoot (coach and Club President 2014). Potters Bar Bowls Club prepared a comprehensive Clubmark file covering all aspects of the club’s operation and also led the way in encouraging other Hertfordshire Bowls Clubs by hosting Clubmark workshops in conjunction with the Herts Sports Partnership.

“Clubmark makes clubs review where they are and plan for the future. It provides a focus on what clubs’ objectives are over the short, medium and long term and how they will achieve them. Importantly it makes clubs understand more clearly their role in the wider community and the importance of having a range of partnerships with local schools, authorities and sports facilities,” commented Graham Marriner.

“It is clear that the whole club at Potters Bar have embraced Clubmark. Their enthusiasm has spread to the wider bowls community in Hertfordshire and there are now nine other clubs at various stages in the Clubmark process,” said Peter Simmons, National Governing Body & Clubmark Project Officer, at the Herts Sports Partnership.

Graham the Chair (Herts) BDA ran a series of workshops sponsored by the BDA to guide the nine other Herts. clubs through the preparation stage of Clubmark.

PBRS Visits Hertfordshire

Following two years when the 'white van' man brought the Road Show to the Howard Centre in St Albans this year was the turn of Watford and the Asda Superstore.
The Road Show pitched-up on April 17th to catch the pre-Good Friday shoppers. The event was supported by eight clubs and the visitors to the Mat were across the age groups. The Clubs had the chance to interact with the visitors and hand out their club details.  A second visit is being discussed for September/Oct at the Galleria in Hatfield. The key elements of success to the Asda project  was the exceptional support give to the team by the Community Relations Manager and the effective inter-working of the local bowls clubs

Asda Superstore
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