The Association was formed to represent
the game of carpet bowls at a national level, and to promote
the game and it's growth. It will rule and advise on the technical
aspects of the game, including rules and equipment.
The Association also administers the English
Championships, and other competitions, for both individuals,
Membership of the Association is available to any County/Metropolitan
Borough Association, with affiliated clubs, that are prepared
to adopt the rules and Constitution of the ECBA.
Current membership of the ECBA stands at
ten counties, as follows:
- It is also possible for individual clubs
to become associate members, if their counties are not members,
there are currently clubs West Sussex for whom this is the case.
This associate membership gives the members of these clubs the
ability to enter EBCA events.
Each full member of the Association, is
represented on the Executive Committee, of the ECBA, with the
day-to-day administration performed by elected officers.
We are also happy to do whatever we can
to assist in the formation of new clubs, leagues or associations,
regardless of membership of the ECBA. Examples of those we have
been able to help can be found here.
Each year, the Association organises a number of carpet bowls
The ECBA's premier event is the National County Championships.
Each member Association enters a 24 person team that competes,
over two days in November, for the title of National Champions.
The current venue for the Championships is Blackpool.
In June, at the same venue in Blackpool,
the Champion of Champions
takes place. Each member county sends their county champions,
in the each of the disciplines, to compete against each other,
to find the National Champion of Champions. The disciplines are
Singles, Pairs, Triples, and Rinks (Fours).
Triples and Rinks (Fours) tournaments, are also held as national
titles, and are played at different venues on an annual basis,
moving around the counties, alternating between the North and
the East, and organised by the local association.
Finally, there is the Festival
of Bowls, which takes place at Potters Holiday Village,
Hopton Norfolk. This is a five day event, and although there
is a full bowling programme, the event is more relaxed than the
various national championships.