Coach Development

Club Coach Courses

Are you interested in giving back to the sport?  Currently we are working with Bowls Canada Boulingrin to be able to offer the Club Coach Course which was revised and piloted this spring. The course will be offered in two sections: an online course over two sessions and then one in person session at a club.  We should have a date set for a course in Calgary very shortly.

Bowls Canada, through their pilot ‘Just Roll with It’ project being held this summer at the Commonwealth Club in Edmonton, will be offering a  Disability Bowls Coach and Visually Impaired Director Training Courses on July 10.  Are you interested in introducing our sport to athletes of all ages with various disabilities?  For further information contact the club at  This is a great opportunity to be a true leader in our sport!

Training for Coaches

Bowls Alberta is committed to ensuring a safe sport environment for all our members and therefore has approved the Coaches Code of Conduct Policy which all provincial coaches are to abide by along with the BA Code of Conduct & Ethics Policy.

Bowls Alberta now requires that all coaches obtain a Respect in Sport Certificate or Safe Sport Training. For further information check out the website Respect in Sport and scroll down to find the course link, Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders. When you have completed the course please email the the full certificate or the certificate # to the BA office. Alternatively, club coaches can take the NCCP Safe Sport Module offered free of charge and online in The Locker.

Bowls Alberta also is committed to the Responsible Coaching Movement Pledge and encourages all member clubs to also take the pledge. Please follow the “Rule of Two” when coaching new members and youth, ensure all your coaches that work with vulnerable youth or adults have had background screening, and coaches are encouraged to take the Ethics Training. For further information on any of these contact our head coach or the Bowls Alberta office.

Alberta’s head coach, Derek Dillon, is available to offer organizational support of the club coaches across the province, to develop competitive coaches, to run athlete development workshops and camps, and help develop coaching plans for players striving to reach a new level as a competitive player.  Contact Derek at

Coaches in Alberta

Club Coaches – a list should be posted at each club

Competitive Coach in Training – Pat Vos

Coaches for Visually Impaired – Marvin Kwan, Kathryn McGregor, Jim Campbell

Performance Coach – Derek Dillon

Becoming a Coach

All courses have been developed by Bowls Canada and the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).

For further details on the pathway for the trained Club Coach and for becoming a certified Competition or Performance Coach see the information on the Bowls Canada Boulingrin Coaching page.