Welcome to the official website for the Gloucestershire Short Mat Bowling Association (GSMBA) where you can keep up to date with the latest news from around the county and further afield. The website is updated as regularly as possible with results of County Competitions, Inter County matches and other news when provided.

GSMBA are the recognised organising body for the sport of Short Mat Bowls in the county of Gloucestershire, with an affiliation to the English Short Mat Bowls Association (ESMBA).

Please note our change of home venue to Kingsway Community Centre

For Season 2023/24 our Inter-County home games will now be played at Kingsway Community Centre, Thatcham Avenue, Quedgeley, Gloucester GL2 2GS.  The dates for the Inter-County matches and venues can be found on the Diary page. The results of the matches and the league tables can be found on the ESMBA website.

In this County, the game has two seasons, Winter League is generally played from October through to March, and April to September is time for the Summer League.

Short Mat Bowls has been played in Gloucestershire since the early 1990’s and is a game which can be played by all ages and abilities. Games played are singles, pairs, triples and fours with the object being to outscore your opponents by getting your bowls (woods) closest to the jack. Gloucestershire Clubs are always pleased to greet new members – look for your local club in the Clubs Directory and get involved! Hopefully you find the site easy to use and informative

The picture at the top of this site is of Gloucester Cathedral in 1828 and is a copy of an engraving by J. LeKeux after a picture by W. H. Bartlett. Source Wikipedia