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Announcement from Holt BC relating to Coronavirus

COVID-19 Update – Holt BC Announcement

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As you are aware Bowls England has announced the cancellation of all its domestic events ahead of the 2020 bowls season in response to the latest Government advice and growing concerns from bowlers about how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will impact on our much loved game.

Due to this, to counter the spread of coronavirus, Holt Bowls Club is closed with immediate effect. The management committee will review the situation on an on-going basis and will be following guidance from Bowls England and Bowls Wiltshire.

Unfortunately, this leaves the club without any income stream for the foreseeable future, so the Management team has taken immediate actions to reduce all expenditure.

As a club we are remaining positive and optimistic in the fight against Coronavirus and are anticipating that when safe, social distancing will be relaxed and we can enjoy some time on the green this summer.

We are planning to run our annual gala day triples tournament in August and will endeavour to make this a fantastic day for all who are interested in taking part. We are also planning to honour some of our club fixtures later in the season in the hope that this becomes a realistic possibility.

We are asking all current members to support the club financially through this difficult time and ensure that, as a club, we make it to our centenary year in 2021.

Finally we are encouraging all members and fellow bowlers to keep an eye out for each other especially those bowlers who may live on their own. A telephone call, e‐mail or Skype to our cowls community will, we are sure, be welcomed at this time.

Please stay well, look after yourselves and those around you and most importantly, be safe!

A Message from the Chairman of the Board of Bowls England

I am writing to you in what is arguably one of the toughest periods this generation has ever faced.

The Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak is a global pandemic that will challenge us all on a business, social and most importantly personal level.

Therefore, may I start by saying that I hope you are keeping safe and well. Now is the time to show our unity as a sport more than ever whilst ensuring that we all strictly follow the latest Government guidelines.

The effect this pandemic has already had cannot be underestimated and the likely consequences are at times difficult to comprehend. Clearly, the sport of bowls is not immune from this global situation.

Already, we have taken the unprecedented step to cancel all of our National Competitions and National Championships for the 2020 season, and of course the World Championships due to be played in Australia in May have been postponed indefinitely. We have also, understandably, been inundated with queries from our clubs who are seeking guidance at this uncertain time.

It is however important that we remain hopeful of brighter times ahead and work together ready for when we are able to return to the green. A key focus of work for the staff team in the coming weeks will be preparing material in support of clubs – more details will be circulated at the appropriate time.

Bowls England has had to adapt, but our aim is to conduct ‘business as usual’. The staff team has been working from home since last Monday, in accordance with the Government guidelines, and I have to thank everyone for taking it in their stride. The team is staying well engaged, making the best use of the technology available, and showing their support and encouragement for each other. The Board, myself included, is also embracing new ways of working to ensure we are fully informed and our first ‘video conference’ is arranged for next week.

Our Chief Executive, Tony Allcock OBE, officially retires on Tuesday 31st March, and it would be remiss of me not to thank him once more for all of his work over the years. Sadly, we were not able to say farewell in the manner that we all wished, but I am sure it will be a case of ‘au revoir’ and we shall see him around the greens in the future. Alistair Hollis and Penny Maguire are leading the staff team during the interim period ahead of the arrival of Jon Cockcroft on 1st June.

In looking to the future, we are committed to keeping all of our members informed and entertained during this period.  We have already produced a series of guidance documents and more will follow.  We are currently finalising a bowls specific on-line activity guide together with a series of interviews with members of the bowls community to keep us engaged.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of the team if we can help you during this period.

I feel sure that when we come out of the current situation we will return to a sport that will be better and stronger for us all.

Stay safe.

David Tucker

Chair

Bowls England

Coach Bowls FAQ

 

Frequently Asked Questions from Coach Bowls

1. With the current advice re: Coronavirus there is no possibility of candidates carrying out their
practical sessions in the foreseeable future and therefore I cannot complete my portfolio.
What should I do?
You should complete your theory parts of the portfolio as prescribed. If you are able to complete
these electronically you can then e‐mail across to your assessor. They will then be able to assess
and feedback electronically.
If you are not able to complete these electronically, you should:
a) Complete the paperwork
b) Scan the documents and e‐mail to the assessor
c) Post (if able) to your assessor ‐ ensuring the recipient does not have to sign for the
package, but that it is ‘tracked’

2. I have completed my first on green session and my portfolio is all but complete. Shall I send it
in for checking and just keep a copy of my second session to bring to the assessment day when
it happens?
Yes. As the above guidelines for Q1.

3. Our local clubs are not currently open. Will we get additional time to complete the coaching
sessions?
Yes. Coach Bowls will not begin arranging assessment days until the situation across the
country has stabilised and it is deemed by the Government and Public Health England that it
is sensible to resume. In the meantime, you should complete the rest of your portfolio in line
with Q1.

4. Day one of my course has been postponed. When will it be rescheduled for?
Coach Bowls is unable to give exact dates for rearranged courses at this time. As soon as we
have been given further guidance we will let everyone know via our website initially. Once
exact dates are arranged, we will e‐mail all candidates directly.
Coronavirus_FAQs_001 (Issued: 25th March 2020)

5. What happens if I can’t make the date of a rearranged course?
You will be given the option to transfer to another course on a date that you can attend. If
for any reason this is not possible, the Coach Bowls Manager will liaise with you directly to
formulate an individual action plan that works for you.

6. How will I be able to attend an assessment day and when will I know they are?
Coach bowls will arrange assessment days with a geographic spread as soon as it is deemed
by the Government and Public Health England that it is sensible to resume. All candidates will
receive information directly from the Coach Bowls team.

7. Can I still go to my club and coach?
At the current time, the answer is an emphatic ‘no’. In accordance with Government
guidance – Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stop the Spread.

8. Is Coach Bowls still operational during the Coronavirus outbreak? If so, how do I contact a
member of the team?
Coach Bowls is currently working remotely. We are using this opportunity to review and refresh
some documents, update materials, improve the membership portal and website whilst
continuing to offer our normal service to all of our members.
To contact us, the office number remains in place (01926 334910). We have diverted this to a
remote handset.
You can also contact us via e‐mail: email hidden; JavaScript is required
Adam Durnin remains the main point of contact to the members and is overseeing the
membership portal, merchandise, website. Adam’s e‐mail is: email hidden; JavaScript is required
Amanda Scriven‐Purcell continues to oversee Coach Bowls operationally. Amanda is reviewing
and refreshing materials, documents, courses and modules. She will be working with the Tutors,
Assessors, Quality Assurance Team, Volunteer groups to ensure that support to coaches
currently undertaking qualifications is still available remotely. Amanda’s e‐mail is:
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Bowls England – SIGN UP FOR NEWS, CHAT, KEEP FIT AND CLASSIC MATCHES

Bowls England is committed to keeping our members fully informed, particularly during this period of isolation.

We will be issuing regular updates via our e-newsletter – to subscribe and receive all of the latest news straight to your inbox, simply visit the Bowls England website www.bowlsengland.com and add your email address to the relevant area at the bottom of the homepage.

We will shortly be launching our official Bowls England Podcast ‘The Extra End’, with Bowls International editor Sian Honnor chatting to our Chief Executive Tony Allcock OBE in episode one.

We are also in the process of providing a ‘Keep Fit’ guide advising all members of appropriate ways to stay healthy in the comfort of your own home.

Support will be provided for all clubs, as well as opportunities to enjoy your time at home with some bowls-related quizzes and some classic matches from yesteryear.

Message from the Bowls Wiltshire Chair

The Coronavirus epidemic has caused us all considerable worry and disruption in our lives, isolation is not something we have experienced before and the way we are having to cope with all these changes takes quite a lot of getting used to.

Please do take heed of Government advice and let us hope that circumstances will soon improve.

I would like to thank those who are keeping you well informed with all arrangements that have been made so far and we will ensure that any further updates will be forwarded on.

Many thanks to the two gender Presidential teams who have agreed to carry on with their roles in 2021.

My thoughts are with you all at this time, keep well and stay safe.

June Corbett

Bowls England – ‘Stay home, stay safe, stop the spread’.

That’s the message from Bowls England to its members and clubs in response to the latest Government guidance on the Coronavirus outbreak.

Bowls England last week announced the cancellation of all its domestic events ahead of the 2020 lawn bowls season including its National Championships, and now wishes to ensure that members and clubs play their part.

Tony Allcock OBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “Understandably Bowls England has been inundated with enquiries from clubs and county associations regarding the Coronavirus outbreak. Within the past week we have made decisions regarding our events that would have been unimaginable only a month ago. However, from the enquiries we continue to receive there is clearly still some confusion within our membership as to whether they can continue to participate in the sport of lawn bowls at club level during this period.

“At this stage, we must urge our members to follow the Government’s latest guidance, which clearly asks every person within society to stay at home if at all possible to help to stop this disease from spreading – and this is an appeal to everyone, not just those aged over 70 or the 1.5 million of the most at-risk people who have been told that they should stay at home for 12 weeks.

“Again, we encourage our members to keep an eye out for everyone within the bowls community during this time, for example by maintaining contact and undertaking shopping for those who are isolated, with special thought for those members who may live on their own. A telephone call, e‐mail or Skype to another member of the bowls community will, I am sure, be welcomed at this time. We are also in the process of producing a ‘Bowlers’ Workout’ in order to keep members fit and active during isolation and/or working from home, so we’re all ready to play when bowling resumes. We would also encourage members to support their club financially by continuing to pay their annual subscriptions in order that the clubs will be there for them when we are able to resume bowling.”

Bowls England will be providing support and advice to clubs and county associations over the coming weeks and working on a number of initiatives including club recruitment and a potential ‘Festival of Bowls’, which will be subject to Government guidance.

 

Presidential Teams to carry on into 2021

With this years Bowls Season all but wiped out it has been agreed, with their consent, that the current Ladies and Men’s Presidential Teams will stay in post both this year and next (2021).

The Ladies Presidential Team is President Babs Salter (Wroughton), Senior VP Janice Rowe (Amesbury) and Junior VP Sue Gravell (Supermarine)

The Men’s Presidential Team is President John Crowder (Avon), Senior VP Jim Cremin (Wroughton) and Junior VP Don Butchers (Mere).

 

Bowls England News: How to stay active while you’re at home

More and more of us are spending time at home and thinking about other ways of being active.

Official advice recommends against non-essential contact and all unnecessary travel – including working from home if you can – which means our routines are going to be changing.

But staying active is more important than ever right now, and even if you’re mostly in your house at the moment, there are plenty of ways you can still do so.

Sport England has produced the guidance at: www.sportengland.org/news/how-stay-active-while-youre-home

Bowls England is working on some dedicated ‘keep fit’ guidance for its members and will ensure this is available at the earliest opportunity.