Welcome to the official Gloucestershire Short Mat Bowling Association (GSMBA) website, your hub for staying informed about the latest news and updates in the world of Short Mat Bowls within and beyond our county. We strive to keep you in the loop with regular updates on County Competitions, Inter County matches, and other noteworthy events.

Competitions GSMBA

LEH Two Counties Team of 10 Competition

County Team

Registration for 2024/2025 season

Charity Wotton Hall

Charity Event Announcement: In aid of Focus supporting local Cancer Care

Defford Kingsway Longhope Ripple Tewkesbury Tournaments Westbury on Severn Yorkley

Top Team


GSMBA: Agenda for AGM, 24 April 2024

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).

Our home venue is Kingsway Community Centre

Our Inter-County home games are hosted at Kingsway Community Centre, Thatcham Avenue, Quedgeley, Gloucester GL2 2GS Dates for Inter-County matches and venues are available on the Diary page, while match results and league tables can be accessed on the ESMBA website.

The League in Gloucestershire follows a two-season format, with the Winter League running from October through March and the Summer League taking place from April to September.

Short Mat Bowls has been an integral part of Gloucestershire’s community since the early 1990s, offering a game that’s adaptable for everyone, regardless of age or skill level. Whether you’re an experienced bowler or just starting out, you can enjoy the game in various formats—singles, pairs, triples, or fours. The objective is simple: outmanoeuvre your opponents by getting your bowls closest to the jack.

Gloucestershire Clubs warmly invite new players to join in the game. Discover your nearest club in the Clubs Directory and come and join the fun! We trust you’ll find our website both easy to navigate and packed with useful information.

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