What is bowls?
Traditional bowls balls are biased. This means they are designed to travel a curved path towards their intended target. This bias is created by the shape of the ball and how the bowler rolls it.
Bowls is played on a flat surface which is often artificial turf or grass. Bowls is normally played outdoors but it can be played inside.
Find out more about how to play bowls.
- A level playing court (similar to a badminton or tennis court)
- Balls (four of one colour per player, and one of a different colour to represent the jack)
- Cones / tape to mark out the court
A brief history of bowls
The origins of bowls have been traced back to the 12th century. The world’s oldest surviving bowling green can be found in Hampshire at the Southampton Old Bowling Green - this venue was first used in 1299.
The sport has been included in all but one of the Commonwealth Games.
The School Games is inclusive to all young people and provides opportunities for everyone to get involved, either within school, against other local schools, or at county or regional level.
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School Games formats
Learn more about the School Games formats suitable for bowls competitions:
Quick and easy bowls activity resources
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