standing umpire

Welcome to the English Bowls Umpires Association.

The EBUA is the unified governing body for qualified Bowls Umpires in England.

We are responsible for appointing Umpires to any events as requested by the local, national and international governing bodies of the Sport of Bowls.

Our umpires undergo an intensive training and development program from new candidates through to experienced international officials.

28th February 2018

Can you help out?

Due to an unexpected withdrawal some more help is now needed for marking at Nottingham on 13th April 2018 for the 13.30, 16.00 and 19.00 sessions.

Could you come along and mark at the Championships?

Please let me know by 18th March if you could help out, drop me an email at

Many thanks
Phyl Jones

12th February 2018

Forgotten anything?

Were you intending to apply for duties at Leamington and 'not got around to it' yet?

The time to get your 'form in' to Phyl Jones is getting short

Applications close on 17 February (although being a kindly soul she will allow a few extra days for snail mail to reach her)

The form to use is here. Leamington August 2018

Phyl Jones.

23rd January 2018

Time is running out!

EIBA Finals 2018

Umpires, are you intending to volunteer to mark at the EIBA Championships at either Melton Mowbray or Nottingham?

The closing date for applications is rapidly approaching!

Applications need to be with me by 28 January.

Get your application to me in the next few days to be considered.

Phyl Jones

forms are available to download here

bullet Nottingham April 2018

bullet Melton Mowbray March 2018

12th January 2018


You need to take action if you want to mark at Leamington (or be considered for marking at 'County' level).

Contact your Area Secretary now so that you can be put in contact with your marker mentor who will help you establish and improve your marking competency level so that you will be ready for the coming outdoor season.

You can find an outline of the new marker qualification scheme here.

Don't know who your Area Secretary is? Follow this link and click on your Area No. to find your Area Secretary's contact details.

Phyl Jones

2nd January 2018

Bowls England Championships at Leamington 2018.

The form to volunteer for duties at Leamington is now available for you to complete and return to Phyl Jones Leamington August 2018

There are a few things I'd like to remind you of.

Please don't delay in completing the form - the cut off date is 17 February 2018 as I need to start work on the overall schedule so that I can let you know your duties as soon as possible to help those of you who need to book accommodation or make other arrangements.

Markers - please note I will be checking the competency level you have reached nearer the date of the Championships - remember that only level 3 is suitable to work at Leamington. Contact your marker mentor now (via your Area Secretary if necessary) to start the process as the sooner you start the sooner you will reach that competency level!

Phyl Jones

31st December 2017

Minutes of the Executive Meeting held on 3rd December 2017 are now available

bullet Executive Meeting 3rd December 2017

27th December 2017

EIBA Finals 2018

Applications are invited for Marking Duties at the EIBA finals to be held at Nottingham and Melton Mowbray in 2018.

Please return the form below to Phyl Jones.

bullet Nottingham April 2018

bullet Melton Mowbray March 2018

18th December 2017

Season's Greetings

The Executive Committee wish all our members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
'Winter Well' everyone!

7th November 2017

New Area Secretary for Area 2

We have a new Area Secretary for Area 2!

Unfortunately, Alison Welsted has found that she is no longer able to continue in the post. I would like to thank Alison for stepping in to help when Malcolm was unable to continue due to his health. She has worked hard to keep the area functioning and fulfilling all the marking and umpiring requirements. Thank you very much for all the hard work Alison, I hope you will enjoy your next venture!

Colin Wilson has kindly agreed to take over as Area Secretary. Many of you will know him as he was previously the county co-ordinator for Lincolnshire. I know we all wish him the very best in the role he has taken on, and will help him with all the new 'excitements' coming his way!

4th November 2017

Markers - Are you confused by what is happening now?

Many of you will have noticed that your 'Marker' certificate' showed that it ran for four years, and that time is up, or about to be.

Knowing that this date was approaching the National Development Officer (Vic Perry) has been working on a revised programme for markers which launched at the beginning of October. This is very different from the old system, as it introduces a series of 'grades' of marker, based on your competence level as a marker demonstrated to a County Mentor, and showing the level that you have achieved, confirmed by a Certificate of Competence. You will need a Level 3 Competence to mark at Leamington.

You can find the details of this scheme at Marking Awareness Course together with actions you can take to progress as a marker.

3rd November 2017

Televised Test Matches

I should like to report two very successful televised events in the Northern area.

The EIBA arranged a ladies and mens test match on two separate days at New Earswick bowling club in York. This is fifth year this event has been played and was live on television. On the 4th and 5th of October England ladies played Scotland ladies, and the umpires were Val Coldwell, Vic Perry and Graham Gibbins.

On the 11th and 12th of October the England men played Scotland men and the umpires were Val Coldwell, Colin Wilson and Eric Tomlinson who stood in at short notice instead of Vic Perry who unfortunately was not very well. These games went out on ITV4 and were televised from 10am until 6pm each day. The work was quite intense and I should like to thank the umpires for their participation and help to make this a success.

Val Coldwell
Northern Area Sec EBUA.