Whilst the international events for 2021 have sadly been curtailed, the Performance Team has been busy putting in place a programme of activity for the coming season.
The events below all form part of the preparations of our international players for forthcoming events, including British Isles, Commonwealth Games and World Championships, and are intended to fulfil four main objectives:
- To ensure that all members of the Bowls England High Performance Squad are given ample opportunity to stake their claim for selection for Birmingham 2022;
- To provide a high level of competition for the Bowls England High Performance Squad as part of the preparation programme for Birmingham 2022;
- To provide opportunities for all international players (junior and senior) to participate in high-level competition this season as part of their on-going development as England international athletes;
- To use the Preparation Programme to promote our sport at a wider level to both current and new audiences
The plans for 2021 have now been finalised and dates/events/venues (where known) are shown below:
Performance Squad Training Camp
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th May – Oxford City & County BC, Oxfordshire
Test Match v Ireland
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd May – Essex County BC, Essex
Performance Squad v International Select (North & East Regions)
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th June – Brampton BC, Huntingdonshire (TBC)
Home Nations Test Event
Wednesday 27th July to Sunday 1st August – Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa
Performance Squad v International Select (South & West Regions)
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th August – Clevedon BC, Somerset (TBC)
Home Nations Invitation
Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th September – Ayr, Scotland (TBC)
Senior International Trials (Men & Women)
Saturday 25th September – Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa
High Performance Squad Day
26th September – Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa
All of the events listed will involve the 16 players that form part of the current High Performance Squad and are in training for the Commonwealth Games. The International Select teams for the events at Brampton BC and Clevedon BC will be selected by the International Team Managers in consultation with Regional Selectors and International Junior Team Managers .
We appreciate, in a congested and much-changed season, that some of the dates may potentially clash with qualifying rounds in county championships. In the interest of all our international players and all County Associations, we have attempted to avoid any clashes with inter-county events and national finals where possible. It is important that players and County Associations work together to alleviate clashes wherever possible should they arise. It is, however, vital to our preparation for Birmingham 2022 that all players in the current High Performance Squad are given every opportunity to participate at all stages of county championships as this will form part of the selection process and we are sure you will wish to support any of your players who are bidding to participate at Birmingham or represent England in future international competitions.
We shall circulate more details regarding all of these events, including any spectator information, when this is available.
Details regarding the Senior International Trials will be circulated to counties no later than Monday 2nd August.