Coaching Clinics

Coaching Clinics

“There are NO excuses! If you want to improve, you have the tools right here, right now and then the opportunity to go head to head, face to face with the best exponents!”

In Victoria:

The next Victorian Coaching Clinic will be held at Ringwood on 25th Aug. ’19

To download the flyer CLICK HERE. To read up on some coaching tips go too “Coaching Tips” on this site.

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The first Coaching Clinic for 2019  will be Sunday 20 Jan ’19 – City of Melbourne
Registration 10.00am for Start 10.30am
$10.00 per player. Contact Roger Scott, 0402 206 502 or email coachingdirector@citybowls.netCoMelb coaching

CoMelb address

Click here for Bowls Vic. Report

Sunday 16 Dec ’18 – Belmont BC
Registration 10.00am for Start 10.30am
$10 per player. Contact Keith Holloway, 0407 731 405, 5243 2526 or email the club

Click here for Bowls Vic. Report

Monday 17 Sep ’18 – Mildura Bowls Club contact Margaret Robinson 0431 477 472

Sunday 9 Sep ’18 – Croydon Bowling Club

  • Bowling Arm Training Day at Croydon

Croydon Bowling Club recently hosted a “Bowling Arm Training Day” thanks to the proactive foresight of one of accredited Coaches, Robin Shaw.

After a chance meeting with AJ Parker, a (former) member of The Armed Vic’s, Victoria’s state representatives for bowlers with a Bowling Arm, Robin embarked on responding to the frequent question he is asked by many bowlers – “How can I improve my performance with a Bowlers Arm?” 

With the support of the Croydon Bowling Club, A.J. Parker and Doug Corrigan (also a former State Rep.) of the Ringwood Bowling Club the focus became that of a group coaching clinic.

Clubs in the Eastern Ranges Region were invited to participate and members from Ferntree Gully, Bayswater, Boronia, Heathmont, Chirnside Park and Eastwood accepted as well as members from Croydon of course.

Numbers were limited to 4 per rink to ensure maximum attention to the coaching needs of every participant and a total of 35 bowlers participated.

Feedback was that the day was full of FUN, LAUGHTER, LEARNING and GREAT FELLOWSHIP on the greens and over a great BBQ Lunch.

Each individual has their own disability ranging from back injury to arthritic hands. Bowlers Arms are a tremendous aid to keep bowlers in the game and the specialist coaching from AJ and Doug, ably assisted by several local club coaches ensured a successful day.

Many thanks to all involved including Pam and Peter Arnot, Phil Parker, Rob Waghorn and the other members of the Croydon Bowls Club who supported this successful day.

Based on the response, arm bowlers in the Eastern Ranges Bowls Region will see another clinic at Croydon Bowling Club in 2019.

Sunday 23 Sep ’18 – Foster Bowls Club contact Jennifer Roffey 0408 772 261

(This article and photos courtesy of Croydon Bowling Club, Vic.)

Please Click here to view their site for more photos….Well done Croydon!

or Click here for the Bowls Vic. review.

South Australians seeking help from other armed bowlers or Coaches have a great list of willing helpers from all over the State. Click here for their contact details.

Report on the Preston Reservoir Coaching Clinic. 25th Feb. ’18

Hi to all Armed Bowlers looking for HELP! 

Help is available, but it’s your last Chance before the 2017-18 season ends.  See Below.

The Last Clinic for the ’17-’18 Season is at Preston Reservoir on 25 Feb. 2018. 

The only programmed Clinic in Victoria is the one below and it’s filling fast, they do it well, I know, I was there myself on one occasion. “Can you hear me in Mildura and Swan Hill!!”  

“A clinic will be held at Preston-Reservoir Bowls Club on Sunday, February 25.

Cost is $10 with a light lunch supplied, Bookings are required by February 21, and can be made by contacting Ted Golledge on 0417 036 044 or email

State coaches and State arm bowlers will be in attendance to help arm bowlers with their game.

Don’t miss the opportunity to gain skills in the use of an arm, or to learn how to use an arm so you can continue to play bowls.”

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For the Tasweigan’s – Courtesy of Bowlers with Bowling Arms Tasmania [BAT]

[A Special Committee of Bowls Tasmania]

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Report from Howrah Coaching Clinic held 24th Oct ’17

Howrah-Third in the series of Coaching Clinics with Allan Starrett, all around Tasmania. Smaller numbers allowed greater interaction and personal attention. Many thanks to participants,Howrah Community Bowls Club,and the Coaching Team of Allan Starrett,[Bowls Australia] Les Harrison[BT] and Owen Preston[BWBAT]Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting, table and indoor

Report from Burnie’s Coaching Clinic held Friday 20th Oct ’17

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We had another Coaching Clinic at Burnie on Friday 20th October. It was a great roll up of 36 Arm Bowlers and Coaches who were shown and taught the refinements and skills to master the Bowlers Arm. It was a very informative 2 sessions for the experienced and beginners alike. The Coaches were shown the finer points of Allan’s coaching experience, enabling them to take away that knowledge for future coaching at their respective clubs. Overall it was a well-received clinic with lots of questions and queries about the Bowlers Arm. A variety of the different arms that are available, and the opportunity to be able to try out all 3 of the different kinds on the green, allowed everyone to find the best fit for themselves. A big thank you to the Burnie Bowls Club for the use of their wonderful facility.  also the interest, enthusiasm and the welcome, that the attendees gave to our Team, Allan Starrett, Les Harrison of Bowls Tas., Heather Jones Representative for North West Region, and myself, was outstanding. I can assure you that there will be more for Bowlers Arms in the coming season, watch this space……. Thank You. (Owen Preston)

Report from Kings Meadows Bowls Club Coaching Day. Held 18th Oct ’17

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‘We have just finished our 1st Coaching Clinic at Kings Meadow, where we had 29 Arm Bowlers who were overwhelmed by the fabulous presentation that Allan Starrett [NSW -pictured right above] gave them. He is a true professional, had them all engrossed with his wit, charm and charisma and in no time, had enticed them on the green, practicing all the points that he had spoken about earlier in the presentation.

The afternoon session was as the morning, with an extra few coming who could not attend for the whole day, being catered for as well.

The Coaches received a ‘1 on 1’ with Allan Starrett in the afternoon session, whilst Owen Preston [BWBAT] coached the others and critiqued the morning bowlers. It was a good showing with great results and positive feedback from the “Questionnaire’ that had been prepared for them to complete if they wished too before they departed.

We have another Coaching Clinic in Burnie on Friday 20th October with 33 enrolees making it a bigger attendance than the Kings Meadow Clinic, looking forward to the day.

Howrah comes up on Monday 23rd October, and we have 7 Arm Bowlers to Coach, but no coaches, there is still time to book for Howrah, or if you just want to come on down you will be most welcome.’

Courtesy, Owen Preston

Latest News from Tasmania – re-Coaching Clinics

“We have as of today 21 applicants for our Coaching Clinic that will be held this Wednesday 18th October at Kings Meadow Indoor Bowls Complex.

This total comprises of Bowler’s Arm players, intending players and coaches. The coaches may be bowlers but, are not Bowler’s Arm players. They may want to know how to coach bowler’s arm players in the future, or when they may be called upon to do so.

We also have at this time another 2 Coaching Clinics that will be held at Burnie Bowls Indoor Complex on Friday 20th October 2017 with 29 applicants so far and Howrah Community Bowls Centre on Monday 23rd October 2017 with 7 applicants to date.


All Coaching Clinics are still open for bookings but will close by 7pm the evening before the scheduled Coaching Clinics commencement. Enrolees are asked to bring a lunch as there are no amenities on site.

I will have some photos to add to this update from Wednesday, and will also have pics from Burnie and Howrah plus any other news.

This project is so remarkable with the applications and also the many enquiries for information, that I am totally ‘blown away’ and so proud of the work that my committee and myself have put into this event becoming a reality.

I also thank the Armed Bowlers of Tasmania for supporting me and the coaches.

A special ‘Thank You’ to Allan Starrett for giving his time and expertise so freely, to get us started in Tasmania.

Regards, Owen Preston.

Coaching Clinics for Coaches & Intending Bowler’s Arm Players in Tasmania.

To be held at 3 locations during October 2017 at the following venues:-

Wednesday 18th October. Kings Meadows Indoor Bowls Complex. [$10.P.P.]*

Friday 20th October. – Burnie Bowls Club Indoor Complex. [$5.P.P.]*

Monday 23rd October. – Howrah Community Bowls Centre. [$8.P.P.]*

*The clinics are at no cost to participants but there will be a charge per person to cover the hire of the complex for the day.

All Coaching Clinics will commence at

Coaches:  Allan Starrett [NSW State Coach].  Owen Preston [Tasmania]

Session Format:

Morning:  Approx. 2 hours ‘Coach the Coaches’ [non coaches can still attend]

Afternoon:  Approx. 2 hours. Coaches will coach players with support assistance from Allan Starrett and Owen Preston.

B.Y.O lunch as no catering will be available; Meal purchasing facilities are close by all centres. There will be Tea/Coffee facilities available on Arrival.

For all Information and Bookings.   Please contact:-

Owen Preston. Bowler’s Arm Coach. 

Tel: [03]6302-3377 or email

Also keep checking

For the Victorians

Vic. Map

Sunday 13 August 2017, Darebin City Bowling Club. Registration 10.30am for an 11.00am Start. Cost $10. (Bistro lunch available.)
Contact: Shane Waddingham by mobile on 0421 951 967 or email Shane at

Tuesday 7 March 2017 San Remo Bowls Club – 10.00am registration for 10.30am start, $10 charge.

Wednesday 22 February 2017 Warrnambool City Memorial BC – 10.00am registration for 10.30am start, $10 charge.

Tuesday 21 February 2017 at Horsham City BC – 12.00noon registration for 12.30pm start, $10 charge.

Bowls Vic. Coaching Days PDF

Sunday 11 December 2016 at Preston/Reservoir BC – 10.00am registration for 10.30am start, $10 charge. Carleen Gregory will be on hand to to see if some of our Armed Bowlers also qualify for the Physical Disabilities Bowls Group. If you wish to be assessed you need to let Carleen know a.s.a.p. on 0414 838 642. To register for the Coaching Day contact Ted Golledge on 0417 036 044 or email

Thank you, Ted, for your words and photos below.

“The day was sunny and pleasant, just right for Lawn Bowling. There were several Armed Bowls Coaches in attendance and it was good to see the eagerness of each of the participants as they applied themselves to the task of gaining as much knowledge as possible to improve their skills.

After the lunch break questions were asked and answered.

Teams were selected and a short game of eight ends was played, after which the Coaches awarded four players with a present for those whose attention to the Coaches instructions seemed taken on board and displayed a marked improvement. Two Men and two ladies won the hats and cloths.

The Bowlers Arm group do a magnificent job in their Coaching Sessions.

Each one went away happy and wanted to know when the next one would be.”

Sun 28th Feb ’16 Heathmont B. C. (moved from Ringwood)

Heathmont hosted the Final Armed Bowlers Coaching Clinic for season ’15-’16. It was a great success, this report from Bob Deans “We had about 65 players with 5 coaches and 2 Heathmont Club coaches. Feedback has been terrific. Everyone enjoyed the day and all got something out of the coaching. Numbers were more weighted between beginners through to one year exponents.” Well done Heathmont!

Sun. 17th Jan. ’16, Yallourn BC – West Gippsland Div., 10.30am ($10 inc.lunch) Click here for the flyer.

From the Bowls Vic. Site “More than 30 arm players attended the Bowls Victoria coaching clinic held recently at Yallourn BC.

Players from San Remo, Traralgon RSL, Morwell Club, Yallourn North, Warragul, Morwell BC and Yallourn took part, receiving coaching from coaching committee member A J Parker, and Mike Scotter.

“The day was a huge success and the feedback from participants has been very positive,” Yallourn club President Spencer Goss said, and thanked club organizer for the day, Fran Clark.

Victorian State Arm Bowling Co-coordinator Phil Gude said the final Arm Coaching day for this season will be held at Heathmont BC on Sunday, February 28 from 10.30am.

Players from the Eastern Ranges Region are especially invited to attend and be coached by State Arm players and coaches.

Sun. 13th Dec. ’15, Benalla BC – Ovens & Murray Reg., 10.30am ($10 inc.lunch).

This Day was tremendous in terms of attendance and the weather was “Crackerjack”. Well done Benalla!