OPTIMISTIC VIEW FOR CLUB BOWLING TO RETURN
OUTDOOR BOWLS RESUMES
Since 29th March 2021 outdoor sports have resumed in England including bowls, which enables us to recommence practice games on our all weather playing surface. Covid restricted guidelines still have to be observed, such as the washing of hands on arrival and departure at the club. No more than six bowlers on one rink at a time. Social distancing is still to be observed. The club house and changing rooms are still off limits. Bowlers should take their bowls and shoes home with them and change outside the club room on the benches before entering or exiting the green. The toilets are open for use but masks should be worn if in proximity to other bowlers.
Please do not just turn up to play. A rink must be booked through the club secretary, Bill Beech, on 07557-094825.
Further information will be posted here as it becomes available.
During January and February 2021 various directives have been generated by British Isles Bowls Council (BIBC) and, in turn, Bowls England. All this information, via emails, have been distributed to all bowls club in the U.K.
BIBC have decided to cancel all International competitions/events for 2021, in view of the current Covid-19 crisis. Logistically, it is considered too dangerous owing to potential travel and accommodation arrangements, added to the problem of competitors being in close proximity to each other
Bowls England, however, plan for a full domestic programme during 2021 for national competitions, including county matches. There is optimism with the continued roll out of the vaccine programme in UK and experience from last season’s bowling in a Covid related friendly manner that this can be achieved. This situation extends to club bowls. It is planned that club bowling will be available along with inter-club competitions as confidence increases and Covid vaccinations continue among the general public.
A National Open Week-end is planned for Spring Bank Holiday 28th – 31st May 2021. This will be a national recruitment drive among all bowls clubs to encourage new bowlers to the sport.
Further information will be posted when available.