The culture of Bowling.

The aim of this page is to provide new bowlers with an insight into the conduct, relationships and protocol expected within Willow Bank and other affiliated clubs in Scotland and indeed, the world of Bowling at large.

Bowling - Breaking down barriers in society.

Bowling is a social sport open to everyone, regardless of age, gender, background, disability , employment status or other limiting factor. The sport prides itself on its etiquette - a set of rules which promote sportsmanship, equality and respect for each other. Whether you are 6 or 66, when you step onto the green as a player , you are treated as an equal , capable of participating and contributing to the sport from day one.


The coaching manual for BowlsScotland , the Scottish Bowling Association ,states the purpose of the sport of bowls is to enjoy yourself. At Willow Bank we endeavor to ensure that this principle remains paramount and encourage all visitors to try the sport.

Conducting yourself on the green.

When introducing the sport to new players, coaches and mentors have a duty to provide information on the rules and by-laws which govern the management of the green(s).

This includes accessing and crossing the green, allowing players to concentrate on their delivery while on the mat. You should be treated as a fellow bowler at all times, regardless of your experience or status within society.

The importance of friendship

We all started bowling as novices, unsure of what to do and how to do it. Bowling should be fun at all times, regardless of the level of competition. Fellow bowlers encourage their team mates and respect their opponents. This friendship is what makes the game and the club so enjoyable.