In 2013 the Irish Bowling Federation (IBF) was set up incorporating the 4 bowling governing bodies in NI, namely the;
1. Irish Bowling Association
2. Association of Irish Indoor Bowling Association
3. Irish Women’s Bowling Association
4. Irish Women’s Indoor Bowling Association
IBF was awarded funding through Sport NI, with the focus of the investment primarily in developing a talent programme to increase the quality and quantity of bowlers coming through the talent system in Northern Ireland.