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The English Bowls Umpires Association

Formed in April 2010 following the unification of the English Men's and Ladies Umpires Associations, the EBUA is the governing body of Umpires & Markers in England for the Sport of Bowls played on a level green both outdoors and indoors.>

The Association's membership totals approximately 1000 active officials from Marker and Regional Umpire to International grade.

EBUA officials can be seen in action at all Lawn Bowls events, including Club finals, County and National Championships, International Matches and Commonwealth Games.

Umpires & Markers are born from an intensive training and examination process and the desire to commit time and dedication to the sport.

Why become an Umpire?
This is one of the first questions we ask anyone attending our training courses and one that attracts a number of different responses:

  • "I want to give something back to the game I love"
  • "As club chairman, I think it is important that we have a qualified Umpire in the Club"
  • "I enjoy bowls at the top level. I am not a good enough bowler but by being a good Umpire I can still be involved"
  • "I want to understand the game I play"

How we can help

The aim of the EBUA is to provide all applicants with the knowledge and skills required to qualify as an Umpire and then support them through their career.
It may be that you only want to take the first modules of training and not progress to the next level – this benefits you as an individual, your club and fellow bowlers.
It may be that you want to progress to the very top and be involved in International events. 

Our aim is to support you, no matter where you want to go.

What to do next
In order to apply to take part in the National Training Programme please complete an Application Form:

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