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Bowls England News: World Bowls Championship Deffered to September 2021


The staging of the World Bowls Championships has been delayed a further 105 days, as announced today by World Bowls and Bowls Australia.

The quadrennial event will now be staged from Tuesday 7th September to Sunday 19th September 2021 in Gold Coast, Queensland, as a result of the current global COVID-19 climate and uncertainty around international travel restrictions which could impact the expected 36-attending nations.

The Bowls England team is looking forward to competing at the Championships.

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Bowls England Official Podcast ‘THE EXTRA END’ | EPISODE 8 – JOHN BELL

World Bowls President, Commonwealth Games Performance Director, England International Team Manager, World Championship Gold Medallist – John Bell discusses his career within the sport of bowls with Bowls International Editor Sian Honnor.

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Have your say!

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It is critical that all those who care about our sport have the opportunity to contribute to its future.

We are delighted to launch our Bowls England 2020 participation survey to give you the opportunity to provide feedback on a number of key topics including:

  • Why you got in to the sport
  • Your current opinions on participating
  • Your views on competitions
  • Communications
  • What improvements to the sport you would like to see

We encourage all members, administrators, volunteers and officials to complete the survey and share it with as many other participants as possible.

The results will assist in the development of our future strategy for the sport.

Once you have completed the survey, which should take no more than 15-20 minutes to complete, you will be automatically entered into a free prize draw to win a set of Taylor Bowls of your choice or a visit to your club by an England international.

To complete the survey, just go to:

The survey will close on Monday 24th August.



Let’s Roll – that’s the message as we launch our national campaign to inspire people to ‘bowl up’ to their local green with friends and family through the remainder of this summer.

At its heart, bowls is an uncomplicated and accessible sport that can easily be played amongst friends and families creating personal challenge and stirring competitive juices.  It is also achievable for people who, whether it be because of age, physical ability, inequality or other barriers, are less inclined to play sport and enjoy its many associated physical and mental benefits.

In this current Covid-19 climate and with a couple of months left in the season, there is a great opportunity for existing bowlers to advocate their sport to friends and family who don’t bowl and encourage them to go down to their local club with them to have a go in a safe, friendly and sociable environment.

To be part of it, affiliated bowls clubs simply need to inform us of a point of contact for the campaign, commit to offering new bowlers a free introductory go at the sport in a Covid-friendly environment and inform us of the new people who have been inspired to play.  Over the coming weeks, participating clubs will receive free digital resources that they, and their members, can share across their networks and there will be nationally managed social media advertising to raise awareness further.

Chief Executive Jon Cockcroft said: “In partnership with the Bowls Development Alliance, we are excited to roll out this marketing initiative to encourage new people into our sport.   There are many success stories of clubs engaging new players in these unprecedented times and this campaign will support our bowls community to stimulate this interest.  Physically doable, relatively inexpensive and highly sociable, we look forward to welcoming newcomers to their nearest bowls club.”

For more information, and to make sure that your club has signed up, go to:

Use the tag #letsroll in all of your social media and we’ll share the best.


All clubs that sign up the campaign and share their results with Bowls England will be entered into a free prize draw supported by Drakes Pride. Three clubs, drawn at random, will receive two sets of Drakes Pride bowls that can be used in support of their future recruitment initiatives.

COVID-19: Additional Guidance for Lawn Bowls

We’re delighted so many clubs are back up and running. Not only have existing bowlers returned, but we’ve also heard fantastic stories of many new people giving our sport a go for the first time.

We understand the challenges you have faced this summer, and we have been providing regular updates to ensure that clubs and players have been able to return to the green in a Covid-friendly manner.

We are therefore pleased to issue the latest update to our guidance following receipt of additional information for the sport sector.

We recommend that all clubs consider this document together with the Government guidance. All items may be adapted as necessary to meet your club’s specific circumstances, so long as your actions remain consistent with Government advice and social distancing requirements.

This is applicable from Saturday 1st August and replaces all other guidance that we have issued.

There is still plenty of the season left to enjoy and we are excited by the opportunity of encouraging new people into our sport.




In exactly two years’ time, the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will begin, and organisers are marking this major milestone on the countdown to the Games by unveiling Smithfield, with its impressive city-scape backdrop, as the chosen location to create two bespoke arenas side by side to stage the 3×3 basketball and beach volleyball competitions.

Smithfield, previously the site of Birmingham’s Wholesale Markets, is located at the heart of the city centre and will be a crucial venue, for the host city, creating an urban hub that’s just a short walk from Birmingham’s famous Bullring shopping centre, with views of the Rotunda and Selfridges building.

The new venue announcement has been warmly welcomed by the sports that will play there, and comes on what would have been the fourth day of sporting action at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, with the prospect of a major multi-sport home Games providing a positive point on the sporting horizon for Team England hopefuls to set their sights on over the next 24 months.

Temporary courts for the two sports have been set up at the site as part of the two years to go celebrations, giving current and future stars of both sports, and young basketballers from the City of Birmingham Basketball Club the first chance to try out the location and to provide just a flavour of the sporting action that spectators can expect in 2022.

Nigel Huddleston, Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage, who is visiting the site today, said: “2022 will be a fantastic year of celebration for the UK, with a number of major events including the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and Festival 2022. With two years to go until Birmingham 2022, we’ve reached another major milestone. The site at Smithfield will be right at the heart of that, acting as a powerful focal point in making this a Games for everyone and helping to create a real buzz in the heart of the city.”

Birmingham 2022 finalised using the Smithfield site after working closely with the host city and the national governing bodies and international federations for the sports.

Chief Executive Officer for Birmingham 2022, Ian Reid, said: “Today marks exactly two years to go until the official opening ceremony for Birmingham 2022 and we’re on track with our plans to host a spectacular event which will not only put Birmingham and the West Midlands centre stage but will also be an integral part of the region’s recovery plan following the global pandemic, bringing jobs for local people and contracts for local businesses. Smithfield is a fantastic location for these two sports, allowing us to bring together thousands of local people and spectators from further afield and enabling us to create a key hub for the Games in the heart of the city centre. It’s currently a blank canvas which will allow us to transform this location into a vibrant venue for two exciting sports that will no doubt bring a festival atmosphere to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.”

The 3×3 version of basketball is making its debut as a Commonwealth Sport in Birmingham. It will also be the first time that wheelchair basketball in any format has featured at a Commonwealth Games, a sport which is expected to be one of the highlights of the integrated para sports programme – the biggest in history for the multi-sport event, with eight sports set to feature at Birmingham 2022.

Beach volleyball will be making its second appearance at a Commonwealth Games after the sport was added to the Birmingham 2022 programme last summer. The Smithfield site, at the heart of the landlocked city of Birmingham, will provide an interesting contrast to the sport’s first Commonwealth Games appearance on Australia’s Gold Coast, however organisers revealed that its popularity with a younger audience was one of the main reasons for choosing to add the sport, identifying this as a good fit for a city that is one of the youngest in Europe, with 60% of its residents aged 30 or under.

The Smithfield site is owned by Birmingham City Council and its Deputy Leader, Councillor Brigid Jones, said: “We are delighted to be able to make available a prime piece of city centre land in the council’s ownership as a Commonwealth Games venue – making it a focal point of Games-related festivities in the city in the summer of 2022. It offers a stunning backdrop that depicts the very best of Birmingham’s past, present and future, showing off a key part of the city’s skyline to a massive global audience. And for the people of Birmingham, the Games-time plan gives a fantastic purpose and use to this land before we bring forward our plans to redevelop the site into a thriving hub of residential, commercial and leisure developments, including a new home for our retail markets.”

The Commonwealth Games Federation is also joining the other Games Partners in celebrating the countdown to Birmingham 2022 and CGF President, Dame Louise Martin DBE, said: “Today marks two years to go to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. It only feels like yesterday that the Commonwealth Games Federation awarded the city the right to stage the XXII edition of the competition, when in reality, that announcement was back in December 2017! Birmingham and the West Midlands are making excellent progress towards staging a fantastic competition for athletes, fans and spectators, alike, across the Commonwealth. Birmingham is one of the most culturally diverse cities of the UK, home to 187 nationalities which makes the 2022 Commonwealth Games really feel like a home Games for all of our 71 nations and territories. It is truly a Commonwealth city. We are looking forward to welcoming the world to the West Midlands in just two years’ time.”

More information about all of the venues for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, which are located in the host city and across the West Midlands region, is available at where you can also sign-up to receive regular updates about the Games over the next 24 months.


Boroughbridge BC has raised over £1,000 in just five days after signing up to the Active Together joint initiative between Sport England and Crowdfunder, to help clubs financially during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Yorkshire club received support from 36 pledges, which includes £500 of match funding from the Active Together initiative.

Local businesses including a garden centre, butchers and a pharmacy all came forward with donations to support the club’s campaign.

Club representative Brian Johnson, who took on the project for Boroughbridge BC, said: “We saw the project promoted on Bowls England’s Twitter feed and recognised the importance of what this could mean to a Club like ours. As a committee we agreed to aim for £1,000 and to our delight we reached our target in just five days.”

One of the key supporters of Boroughbridge’s campaign was the local Morrisons supermarket, who assisted the club as part of its ‘Community Champions’ initiative which plays an important role in connecting stores with their surrounding communities by leading on local and national charity fundraising.

“Morrisons donated hampers containing children’s toys and chocolates as well as a number of bottles of wine as part of our appeal. They were really helpful to us and it’s certainly worth other clubs making the most of similar initiatives with their local supermarkets,” Brian added.

Brian also approached various local independent shopkeepers including a pharmacy, gift and framing shop who donated items such as fragrance gift sets, a framed 1930s sheet music display, a Katie Loxton reed diffuser and an animal print design pashmina.

“We were overwhelmed at the support we received from the local community, particularly during the current situation” Brian added.

“The great thing about the initiative is that by offering gifts in return for donations, people were getting something they could put to good use as well as supporting us at the same time.”

Brian also praised the support received from Sport England and Crowdfunder for their assistance in setting up the campaign.

He said: “Sport England and Crowdfunder were really helpful to us when we were setting up our page. They offered us advice on how to improve various aspects including uploading photographs before going live, in addition to giving us guidance on how to approach companies for donations. I can’t thank them enough for the support they offered.”

The Sport England initiative aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

For more information, visit to start setting up a crowdfunding campaign and apply for up to £10,000 match funding today.

Bowls England Official Podcast ‘THE EXTRA END’ | EPISODE 7 – JON COCKCROFT

Bowls England’s recently appointed Chief Executive, Jon Cockcroft, gives his early reflections and thoughts about the future on the latest episode of our official podcast ‘The Extra End’.

Jon, who joined Bowls England on 1st June, speaks to Bowls International Editor, Sian Honnor, about his wish to involve everyone in the development of a strategy that takes our sport forwards.

Jon also gives an insight into his background, what skills he brings to the role and the importance of what a home Commonwealth Games can bring to our sport.

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Bowls clubs across the country have secured more than £2.4million from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund, latest figures show.

Following guidance issued by Bowls England, 1,062 clubs across all codes have been awarded a cash grant with the overall value of approved funds for our sport totalling £2,404,765 – an average of almost £2,250 per club.

We were delighted to learn that Ingatestone BC in Essex is one club that has already benefited, having been awarded a sum of £2,916.

Barry Crane, treasurer of the club, said: “As a small (50 members) mixed outdoor club this will be a lifeline to our future presence in the village. Particularly at a time when unavoidable bills for ground rent, insurances, utilities (especially water for irrigation) and other essential green maintenance have continued, but revenue has ceased due to the lockdown having prevented any games being played. Although it does not cover the whole of our expected shortfall, it gives us the breathing space to get our finances back on track next year. The application procedure was straightforward, so I would urge other clubs in a similar position to put their case forward if the fund reopens.”

Wyrral Park BC in Somerset is another club to have received financial support from the Sport England Community Emergency Fund, receiving £1,500.

Club Secretary, John Clare, said: “We took the decision not to call for a membership fee this year. We are striving for new members, but retention of the existing membership is at least as important. With the prospect of little or no bowls this year, the last thing we wanted to do was lose the loyalty of those who have enough difficulties to face. Nevertheless the need remained to maintain the green and incur the usual running expenses, just like any other year. This award will help considerably in managing our finances at this difficult time and we were delighted with the outcome.”

The initial £20m fund was launched at the end of March as a rapid response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the impact on sport and exercise.

The Fund was topped up by an additional £15 million of National Lottery money to meet the demand from organisations delivering community sport and physical activity.

The Fund is currently paused to new applications, but we will widely circulate all updates in respect to its future.

Has your club benefitted from the Sport England Community Emergency Fund or any other grant opportunities during the Covid-19 pandemic? Let us know by contacting email hidden; JavaScript is required – we would love to hear how any funding has helped you.

If your club wants to find out more about general funding opportunities in support of its longer-term development, visit:

You can also contact John Hughes, Bowls England Club and County Support Advisor on 07879 812416 or by emailing email hidden; JavaScript is required and he would be pleased to assist you.