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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

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.

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.

 

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.

 

Bowls England sets out plans for 2020 season in response to Coronavirus outbreak

Bowls England has announced the cancellation of all its domestic events ahead of the 2020 lawn bowls season in response to the latest Government advice and growing concerns from bowlers about how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will impact lawn bowls.

The decision, which was reached at an Emergency Meeting of Board members and key staff, held on Tuesday 17th March, covers all National Championships, National Competitions and other domestic events. Discussions are ongoing with the British Isles Bowls Council and British Isles Women’s Bowls Council with regard to British Isles events this year.

Bowls England will be providing support and advice to clubs and county associations over the coming weeks to ensure the future of the sport – including plans for a proposed ‘Festival of Bowls’ later in the season.

Tony Allcock OBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said:

“Every organisation is currently coming to terms with a global situation that is unprecedented, to which Bowls England is sadly not immune. The National Finals are the conclusion of a long process that starts each year in May, therefore it is not possible for the qualification process to be completed in time throughout our 35 county associations.

However, bowlers are known to be resilient and have proven in the past that they join together and support each other in the time of need. Now, more than ever, is the time for us all to work together to ensure that our clubs and bowling greens are available when it is deemed safe to resume our much-loved sport. So we would urge our members to commit to their clubs, keep an eye out for their fellow members who may feel isolated and be ready to get back on the greens when Government guidance allows.

Finally, I wish to thank my staff team for their support at this time in managing this ever-changing situation. We have been inundated with enquiries from our clubs and county associations, and we will ensure that each and every enquiry is responded to in the coming days. However, our priority in the next two days will be ensuring that our staff are able to work from home effectively from next Monday”

The Board agreed that one of the most important areas of work for Bowls England over the coming weeks will be club support. Bowls England plans to provide advice and support on subjects including:

  1. Coronavirus Guidance
  2. Minimum amount of Greens Maintenance required so greens are playable when we resume bowling
  3. Funding (including Club Loans and encouraging bowlers to support their clubs financially by continuing to pay their annual subscriptions – so clubs will still be there for them when we resume bowling)
  4. Recruitment
  5. Looking after each other (including encouraging members to keep an eye out for each other, especially fellow bowlers who may live on their own)
  6. Staying Fit (including producing a ‘Bowlers’ Workout’ in order to keep members active during isolation or working from home)

Other key decisions taken by the Board were:

  1. Bowls England office to close with effect from Friday 20th March and all staff (including Coach Bowls employees) to work from home with effect from Monday 23rd March – support for Clubs and County Associations will continue as normal.
  2. Work on the new Bowls England Head Office is put ‘on hold’ until further notice
  3. In support of Clubs at this difficult time, Bowls England will refund the Affiliation Fees paid for 2020 by each playing member. Bowls England will arrange refunds to the county associations, who are mandated to ensure that all monies are then paid to their Member Clubs.
  4. Board to meet regularly via Skype/Conference Call to monitor the ever-changing situation, review the impact on bowls and plan accordingly – regular updates will be issued.

 

Latest information from Bowls England on the Coronavirus (16/03/2020}

An Emergency Meeting of the Board of Bowls England will be held on Thursday 19th March in order to discuss issues related to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Should you have any item that you wish to be considered, or suggestion that you wish to submit, please send to: email hidden; JavaScript is required no later than 12nn on Wednesday 18th March.

A further update will be issued following the Board Meeting.

Bowls England extend the entry date for the National Competitions.

BOWLS ENGLAND NATIONAL COMPETITIONS 2020

Bowls England has received a large number of enquiries into the Office from members requiring entry into the 2020 Bowls England National Competitions after the original closing date.

Due to this high demand, Bowls England has made the decision to extend entries until Monday 24th February.

All entries must be submitted via www.bowlsenglandcomps.com

Bowls England is continuing to process all paper entries that have been received, however we will be unable to accept any further entries received via this method.

Kind Regards

Matt Wordingham
Publications/Media Officer
t.  01926 334609

w. www.bowlsengland.com

Tony Allcock OBE Announces Retirement as Chief Executive of Bowls England

BOWLS ENGLAND CHIEF EXECUTIVE ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Bowls England Chief Executive Tony Allcock OBE has today announced that he will retire from the post in Spring 2020.

Tony won 15 World titles during a distinguished playing career including back-to-back World Outdoor Singles titles in 1992 and 1996, and was Lawn Bowls Performance Director at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester – the team securing three Gold Medals in the eight events.

Following his competitive retirement from the sport, he has dedicated his life to developing and modernising the sport of bowls in his role as Chief Executive of the English Bowling Association in 2003 and then Bowls England following its formation in 2008. He was awarded the OBE for services to Lawn Bowls in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Tony said: “Bowls England, and the English Bowling Association before it, has been my life since 1st April 2003 and I am extremely proud of what has been achieved. In making the decision to retire at this juncture in my career, I feel that Bowls England is now established as a much respected National Governing Body. It recently delivered what has been publicly described as one of the most successful National Championships ever staged.

“I believe my journey at the helm of the ship is ended, the first stage of Bowls England’s journey is complete, and it now finds itself in an excellent financial position with some exciting projects ahead that will naturally present inevitable challenges. Announcing my retirement at this juncture will allow the Members to shape their future in the election of a new Chair and appointment of a new Chief Executive.

“I have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with the Board Chair David Mitchell-Gears MBE, Directors, Presidential Team and County Associations, and in fact all that are associated with Bowls England. The Staff at Bowls England are second to none. Each and every one of them have been appointed by me and they too dedicate part of their lives, over and above the call of duty.

“I thank all with whom I have worked for making every working day an enjoyable one and hope that I shall have the opportunity before April to say my goodbye in person.”