Like most sports, the administration of bowls is organised into a pyramid structure with the global organisation at the top, down to local committees at the bottom.
The Maidstone and District Bowling Association organises competitions and matches for clubs in the local area for men and ladies. They run rinks leagues, have internal competitions and play representative matches against other areas of Kent. These are all open to clubs that are affiliated to the M&D Association.
Also in the local area, the Maidstone Men’s Triples League runs throughout the season. This has a number of divisions where each team plays all the other teams in its division twice, once at home and once away. A system of promotion and relegation operates at the end of the season to encourage competition. Matches are all played on a Friday evening and feature two games of triples with league points awarded for games won and overall shot scores. Many of the larger clubs have more than one team in the league.
The Kent County Bowling Association (http://www.kentbowls.com/) administers bowls county wide. It is split into four geographical divisions, with central Kent (including Westborough) being Division Three. The Association runs competitions at division and county level for individuals and teams of bowlers to participate in. It also disseminates news and information from the national organisation.
As its name implies, Bowls England (https://www.bowlsengland.com/) is the governing body responsible for all matters at a national level. Its role is to manage and promote the sport and offers useful services to member clubs such as coaching and advice on maintaining the green.
The recognised international federation for the sport of bowls is World Bowls (http://www.worldbowls.com/) to which Bowls England is affiliated. They administer World and International competitions and set the rules of the sport globally.
The outdoor season lasts from the end of April to the middle or end of September. However, there is plenty of opportunity to play indoors over the winter months. Many of Westborough’s members play at Mote Park Indoor Bowls Club (http://www.moteparkibc.org.uk) where you can play in leagues, matches or just friendly roll-ups. Just ask any of the Westborough committee for more details.