The WBF owes its very existence to the fact that bowls in Wales is modernising. It was formed to improve channels of communication between governing bodies and to act as a centralised, co-ordinating body for bowls in Wales.
Communications between the federation and every bowler in every club have been improved further by the establishment of this website. We aim to make the website as accessible to non-bowlers as existing bowlers.
Established in 2001, the WBF is an umbrella body with responsibility for issues common to all bowls associations and is made up of representatives from the five national governing bodies: The Welsh Bowling Association (WBA); The Welsh Indoor Bowls Association (WIBA); The Welsh Ladies Indoor Bowling Association (WLIBA); the Welsh Women’s Bowling Association (WWBA) and the Welsh Short Mat Bowls Association (WSMBA). The Welsh Bowls Coaching Association (WBCA) and Welsh Bowls Umpires Association (WBUA) are also represented.
The Welsh Short Mat Bowls Association is the newest addition to the WBF – joining in 2004.
The WBF aims to foster, promote and safeguard the game of bowls, to promote healthy lifestyles through the provision of bowls and to contribute to the successful development of the sport in the UK and abroad.
Today, the WBF has a membership of over 25,000 people (including over 1,000 juniors) in 670 affiliated clubs aged between 10 and 80 from all social backgrounds who regularly enjoy the sport throughout the principality.
Since its establishment, the Welsh Bowls Federation has made great progress in the development areas of the game arising from its representations and liaison with the Sports Council for Wales.
Progress has been made across all the governing bodies in the fields of Junior Development, Youth Development, High Performance Development and Elite Development. The Junior Development Programme, in particular, has been a great success.
The schools programme, which takes the game of bowls into schools, has introduced many thousands of children between the ages of 9 and 12 to the sport – ensuring that the generations who will be the future of bowls have an early interest in it.
The Welsh Bowls Federation aims to recruit more people from the older generations to get active and lead healthy and social lifestyles by playing bowls. This will enrich and boost existing membership in Wales.
The Welsh Bowls Federation further aims to develop the skills and confidence of existing junior members and to accredit more coaches to take the youth development programme forward. The federation is seeking funding for specialist coaching sessions for players of promise aged 14-18. The federation aims to run the sessions as a national project co-ordinated on a county/regional basis level.