Launching a New Era for Bowls with the Bowls Midlothian U35 UBL

Sunday March 3rd 2024

Bowls Midlothian

This article has been written by David Kelly, Secretary, Bowls Midlothian

In a bold move to redefine the landscape of bowls and usher in a new era of excitement, Bowls Midlothian proudly announces the launch of the Bowls Midlothian U35 UBL (Ultimate Bowls League). As the echoes of traditional bowls reverberate through the ages, this league marks a significant step forward, embracing innovation, inclusivity, and a vibrant spirit that captivates both seasoned enthusiasts and newcomers alike.

For too long, bowls has carried the stereotype of being a sport reserved for the older generation, but with the recent surge of interest and participation in dynamic bowls events globally, the time is ripe for change. Inspired by the success of initiatives like the Ultimate Bowls Championship (UBC) in Australia, we are thrilled to introduce a league that not only pays homage to the rich heritage of the sport but also embraces the evolving tastes and preferences of modern audiences.

At the heart of the Bowls Midlothian U35 UBL lies a commitment to reimagining the traditional bowls experience. Gone are the days of quiet greens and subdued attire; instead, we invite players and spectators to immerse themselves in a dynamic environment filled with colorful teamwear, attractive team logos, and fast-paced scoring systems. The league promises an adrenaline-fueled spectacle that will leave participants and onlookers alike on the edge of their seats.

The response to the announcement of the league’s inception has been nothing short of phenomenal. Across Midlothian the excitement is palpable, with teams like the Dalkeith Dragons, Gilmerton Gators, Buccleuch Bulls and LMW Lions to name a few, already gearing up to compete for the inaugural title. Their enthusiasm mirrors our own, as we collectively embark on this thrilling journey to redefine what it means to be a bowler in the 21st century.

In a strategic collaboration aimed at enhancing the visual appeal and professionalism of the teams, Bowls Midlothian has partnered with locally-based teamwear specialists XX:20. Led by Director and Scottish Internationalist, Megan Grantham, XX:20 is renowned for its commitment to modernising teamwear within the bowls community. Megan Grantham expressed her enthusiasm for the partnership, stating, “XX:20 was built on the foundations to modernise the teamwear in bowls, and this exciting new competition fits that bill! We are delighted to be part of the buzz!” With XX:20’s expertise and dedication to innovation, teams participating in the Bowls Midlothian U35 UBL can look forward to donning stunning, high-quality teamwear that reflects the dynamic spirit of the league.

Clubs have until March 10th 2024 to enter their teams with the league due to kick off at the end of April. Who will win this game changing competition that’s got bowlers, not only in Midlothian, but up and down the country talking?

As Bowls Midlothian Secretary, I can say that the Bowls Midlothian U35 UBL has sparked conversations among bowlers not only within Midlothian but also resonating further afield. The league’s potential to invigorate interest in the sport, particularly among younger demographics.

In tandem with the launch of this exhilarating new bowls format, Bowls Midlothian is also unveiling a new youth coaching initiative, BowlsBoost. With these combined efforts, I see a revitalisation of youth participation in bowls, laying the foundation for a vibrant and sustainable future for the sport in Midlothian. By fostering a welcoming environment that embraces innovation and inclusivity, Bowls Midlothian is poised to inspire the next generation of bowlers and ensure the longevity of the sport for years to come.

For more information about the Bowls Midlothian U35 UBL, including how to get involved or support the league through sponsorship, please visit or email

Let’s bowl into the future—together.

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