OPTIMISTIC VIEW FOR CLUB BOWLING TO RETURN
In view of the Prime Minister’s statement on 22nd February 2021, it is hoped that outdoor sport in England will return on 29th March this year. It is now confirmed that this includes outdoor bowls which should enable our bowls club to reopen for practice games, at least. It is expected, of course, that Covid prevention guidelines will have to be observed as they were previously.
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.