I am delighted to report that Carl Curzon has stepped in as our new treasurer and we are very grateful to him and welcome him to our society.


2012 was a year of change for the Coaching Society, following a mandate from the AGM in February we withdrew from the BCGBA Coaching Scheme and began the task of planning our own coaching programme. We consulted ‘Sport Wales’ and the Welsh Bowls Federation and began our work. We wrote a programme for an Assistant Club Coach seminar and subsequently held four at Abergele, Bradley, East Parade and Coedpoeth clubs. Altogether we have trained 59 Assistant Club Coaches from 22 clubs, all of whom have gone back to their clubs to teach beginners and more importantly encourage youngsters to take up the game. At least one club has entered an extra team in their league in order to give their juniors some competition. A number of these Assistant Club Coaches are waiting to go on to the next stage and train as Club coaches.

We also applied for a ‘Sport Wales’ Development grant and have been awarded £9854.99 towards our project ‘A Coach in every Club’. 20% (£2000) of that will have to come from our own funds, we have received £6307.19, with the remainder payable at the successful conclusion of our project in November 2013.


The committee have been working, behind the scenes, on this project, in particular Gareth Tibbetts the WCGBA Development Officer and Martin Fowell, who are currently writing the manual. Hopefully the manual will be finished and printed soon so that we can continue with our coaching programme. 2013 will be a very busy year as we complete the programme to satisfy the grant expectations and after that we will be well equipped to achieve – ‘A Coach in Every Club’.


Coaches were in attendance at Caernarfon BC for a full day of coaching schoolchildren, and also at Bryn Newydd to teach children from Chernobyl, the only problem there being the language!


The CRB checks that are necessary for all coaches have changed to DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) but will now be transportable across organisations so you will only need one. As we pulled out of the BCGBA Coaching Scheme, the BCGBA will not now process our coaches CRB/BDS forms, however we will now be registering with the WCVA so that we can process our forms through them. The good news is that they have an office in Rhyl, but also we will also be able to do them on-line.


After insistence from the BCGBA we have taken out Public Liability Insurance as a society.


Altogether I think you can safely say that we have had an eventful year and are now standing on our own feet so we can proceed at our own pace with coaching.


Pauline A Lindley






CHAIRMAN – Mr Peter Kershaw, Berwyn, 24, Lon-y-Maes, Abergele, Conwy LL22 7JG           01745 824500      peterk21@talktalk.net

SECRETARY – Mrs Pauline A Lindley, 20 Heol Bathafarn, Coedpoeth, Wrexham. LL11 3HN   01978 753634      pal.lindley@talktalk.net