Schools Programs


Bowls SA offers adaptive programs for all junior bowlers, as well as schools and groups who want to learn the game of lawn bowls. 

Bowls SA offers both Primary & Secondary schools, the opportunity to participate in School Bowls Programs around the state. Whether it be one-week or six-weeks, Bowls SA can link you with a local club who can tailor a program to suit your needs by aiming to provide a coach, a facility and the equipment for your group of students to be able to participate!

Please email to begin organising your school sessions.

If wanting some hints and tips on how to run school sessions with some program examples, please utilise the Bowls SA Schools Coaching guide.

Schools across South Australia partner with their local Bowls SA member bowling club, advancing to a regional play-off, then onto State Finals.

  • Players
    • Must attend a South Australian School (Yr R-12)
    • Must be aged 18 years or under as of 31 December 2024
  • Teams
    • Mixed Triples (where possible)
    • 2 bowls per player
    • Maximum 1 ‘affiliated bowler’ per team
    • Exemption granted if they join during competition

Quick fire short games with a sudden death play-off end if scores are tied.

SA Schools and Bowling Clubs are encouraged to align together. It is recommended for schools to complete a coaching program prior to the regional competition. From this program, teachers and coaches can identify students to represent their club/school teams to advance to the regional play-off.

Bowls SA and Bowls Australia Club Support Manager (CSM) Brett Herbert will be available to assist clubs and schools to coordinate their local competitions and regional play-offs.

It is the vision that Schools Sport SA has a representative side of 10 students attend the National Finals. This competition is player funded, grant funding for competitors may be available.

Term 4, 2023

Clubs to contact schools (or vice versa) to arrange hosting training sessions and suitable dates.

Term 1 and Term 2, 2024

Schools attend clubs for 3-4 weekly training sessions, then select teams for regional carnival.

Term 2, 2024

Schools then compete in regional carnivals (dates to be confirmed pending schools involved).
Regional winners compete in State Finals late Term 2, (June 27) 2024

Term 3, 2024

Nationals September 17-20 Geelong VIC – High Schools Only
(State team selected for representation)

If your club is interested in establishing school sessions, but are unsure where to start, please contact the Bowls SA office on 8234 7544.