World Bowls is delighted to announce that the Jamaica Lawn Bowls Association’s application for Development Membership of the sport’s global governing body has been approved by the Board of Directors.

The Jamaican bowls fraternity now has five years to establish a fully laws-compliant bowls facility in their country as part of the quest to become full members of the World Bowls family.

Ironically, with the 2018 Commonwealth Games just a matter of weeks away, it is recalled that although lawn bowls has been a core sport of the Games since its inception in 1930, there was no bowls competition in 1966, because Jamaica, the host nation, had no bowls greens at the time.

However, things were obviously afoot in 2014 when a group of UK-based Jamaican bowlers played a ‘friendly’ at Kelvingrove prior to the most recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Photo: A quartet of keen Jamaican bowlers at Kelvingrove prior to the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.