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Message from the Chair of Bowls England

I trust this message finds you safe and healthy as we look ahead to the Bank Holiday.

Last week, the Government announced that facilities associated with outdoor sports and physical activities, including lawn bowls, could reopen. This was a small, but positive step, as we look towards the future.

The physical and mental wellbeing of our bowls community is of paramount importance and we are keen to support those clubs that wish to reopen in order that those who would like to play may do so. Within 24 hours of the Government guidance being released, our sport-specific guidance had been finalised and approved by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) for circulation to our clubs.

The guidance has been very well received, and it is great to see many Clubs opening up. I have also been delighted to see some of the innovative approaches taken by Clubs in their return to the green – indeed whoever would have thought that you would need to book a rink for a ‘roll-up’?

However, I must reiterate that there is no pressure on clubs to open or individuals to participate. They should only do so when they feel it is safe to do so.

The use of technology has helped some clubs to reopen, through the use of online booking systems, and similarly it will be key to engaging with current and potential participants over the coming months.

In support of this, last week we arranged three social media webinars, hosted by Matt Hamilton from Ilminster BC in Somerset. This session was organised to help Clubs understand platforms such as Facebook and Twitter and the positive impact that these free tools can have in developing your clubs. We were delighted that representatives from more than 200 Clubs attended these webinars and that those who were present found the content beneficial. I would like to place on record my thanks to Matt Hamilton for his involvement with this initiative.

Coach Bowls has also announced the launch of its new online ‘Adult Safeguarding in Bowls’ course, providing an ideal opportunity for all bowlers to increase their knowledge of safeguarding from the comfort of their own home. The courses are delivered via a virtual classroom and I’m delighted to report that the first two sessions are already ‘sold out’. More information on this can be found on the Coach Bowls website at:

www.coachbowls.org

The last week has also seen our Covid-19 Club Survey draw to a close, with nearly 1000 responses, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who responded. We are now in the process of evaluating the results and will communicate the headline figures shortly and the findings will be used by the Board to develop our ongoing support package for clubs. Our Club and County Support Advisor John Hughes has already been in contact with the vast majority of respondents to offer assistance – a massive undertaking but one that has been appreciated by all he has been in contact with.

This is my final briefing before our new Chief Executive, Jon Cockcroft, joins us on 1st June. I know Jon is looking forward to the challenge ahead and working with the Board and the staff team towards a brighter future for the sport. I would like to publicly thank all of the staff for rising to the challenge over the past couple of months in support of our members in such unprecedented times.

Finally, I wish to remind you all that Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place this week (18-24 May 2020), with this year’s theme being ‘kindness’. We are aware that there is a huge difference of opinion between our members on returning to the green – please be respectful of each other and the wider bowling community when commenting on social media, including our own channels. If you do follow us on any of our social media channels, please take a moment to watch the Mental Health Foundation video that we have shared.

Stay safe.

David Tucker

Chair

Bowls England

May 2020

COVID-19: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – LAWN BOWLS

INTRODUCTION
The physical and mental wellbeing of our bowls community is of paramount importance. Bowls England wants to support those clubs that wish to reopen and members who would like to play, to do so safely and in accordance with Government guidance.

Government guidance released on 13th May 2020 stated: “You can play lawn bowls where facilities have reopened, but you can only take part in these activities by yourself, or with members of your household or with one person outside of your household, as long as you are able to maintain social distancing.”

Bowls England issued its sport-specific guidance on 14th May 2020 to supplement the Government guidance by covering situations specific to the sport of lawn bowls. Since that date, we have understandably received many enquiries from members seeking additional clarification on specific points and have therefore compiled this ‘frequently asked questions’ document to further assist. This ‘frequently asked questions’ document must be read in conjunction with our guidance issued on 14th May 2020.

In preparing this additional document, we remind you that with nearly 2,000 individual clubs it is impossible for Bowls England to issue a ‘one size fits all’ policy – the guidance may be adapted if necessary for your club, so long as it remains consistent with Government advice and social distancing requirements.

If you have any questions, please e-mail: email hidden; JavaScript is required. We are here to help and we will endeavour to respond within three working days.

We hope you all stay healthy and that we all get through these challenging times by looking to help each other where we can. The coming weeks and months may also provide an opportunity for you to encourage members of your own household, who currently don’t play, to give bowls a try – clubs are reminded to ensure that any activity by non-members is in accordance with their insurers.

Meanwhile, keep safe, take care, look after yourself and, when you do return to the green, enjoy your bowls.
Stay alert, control the virus, save lives.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. When can we reopen?
Outdoor bowls clubs are now allowed to open. Each club, including council-owned sports facilities, will make their own decision about when their facilities are ready to open and can be operated safely. You should only reopen or restart activities as soon as you feel able to do so safely. Until you feel it is safe and responsible to reopen you should remain closed.
2. What games can we play?
All activity should be consistent with the government guidance regarding health, social distancing and hygiene. That means that participants and others can maintain a safe two metre distance, that good hygiene practices are in place, that equipment is disinfected regularly, and that it is clear that anyone who is symptomatic or suspects they have been exposed to the virus does not take part and remains at home.
3. What about competitions within our club?
Any measures clubs can put in place to enable an activity to return needs to be capable of being adapted to follow government guidelines on social distancing e.g. strengthening or relaxing measures at short notice. Organisations are encouraged to think creatively about how best to make their sport or activity possible within the guidelines.
The limit on gatherings – no more than two, unless members of the same household – means that it is unlikely to be possible to organise amateur events or competitions at this time. The primary purpose of bowling activity at this time is for physical and mental well-being.
4. Can ‘clinically vulnerable’ people (such as people aged 70 and over) participate in lawn bowls?
The Government guidance for ‘clinically vulnerable’ groups remains the same. If you are in this group you are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if you do go out, take particular care to minimise contact with others outside your household.
Bowls England has requested clarification on the participation of those classed as ‘clinically vulnerable’ within the sport. To date, we have received no further reply. Until any response is received, we can only advise that those within the ‘clinically vulnerable’ category must make a personal judgement on their participation in accordance with Government guidance.
If you are living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if you are classified as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ on health grounds, the guidance is that you should remain at and exercise at home.
Full details at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do#vulnerable-groups-shielding-70-year-olds-and-over-and-care-homes
5. How can we exercise at home?
Bowls England has launched three workout videos for our bowlers, so you can stay fit and healthy at home if you don’t wish to return to the green just yet.
The workouts have been created especially for Bowls England by experienced Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach, Kate Swinson, to motivate and support our bowlers with the fitness and wellness services we need.
The three workouts vary in intensity and have been specifically designed for bowlers. They range from an introduction level, suitable for all ages and abilities, that focuses on balance, flexibility and core strength, to a more advanced full body workout for the more physically able and a high intensity cardio workout for those who want even more.
To view the workout videos, visit: https://www.youtube.com/c/BowlsEnglandTV
6. Can I receive coaching?
Yes – one on one coaching is permitted if outside and remaining a minimum of two metres apart.
7. Can we open the club bar and kitchen?
No – Bars and restaurants, including any food or drink facilities inside a clubhouse must remain closed until further notice. Take-away services can be offered, but any hot or cold food must be consumed off the premises, outside of the building.
8. Can we use the club toilets?
Yes – toilets and throughways may be kept open, but guidance on hygiene and social distancing should be followed.
9. Can we use the changing rooms?
No – all indoor facilities, apart from toilets and throughways, should be kept closed.
10. Can we share equipment?
Where possible we recommend that you limit sharing of equipment, for example you should use your own bowls. If you are sharing equipment (mats/jacks) you should wash your hands thoroughly before and after use. It is a decision for clubs/facility managers whether or not they loan/hire out bowls. If you do, we would expect you to follow sensible precautions and clean in between users, as well as following the safely working guidance.
11. How can we book a rink without visiting the club?
Clubs are encouraged to utilise an off-site booking system for rink allocation – this could be offline (e.g. diary managed by allocated club members) or online (e.g. Google Calendar). Bowls England is preparing some additional guidance to assist clubs wishing to pursue online booking options.
12. We have two greens – does that mean we can increase the number of players allowed on site at the same time?
The maximum capacity is for each club to determine according to the number of greens/rinks available – for example clubs with additional greens may wish to consider increasing capacity accordingly so long as they consider it is safe to do so.
13. How do we ensure that mats and jacks are clean?
The Government guidance currently states that cleaning protocols should be put in place to limit coronavirus transmission in public places. It is advised that touch points (e.g. handrails and gates) should be particular areas of focus for increased cleaning. Frequent cleaning of equipment between uses and any work areas used, using your usual cleaning products, is advised. Bowls England has requested the input of greens maintenance advisors regarding any specific treatments with regard to equipment and will advise further when additional information is available.
14. Can we play a pairs game comprising two ‘couples’ from two separate households so long as social distancing is observed?
No – the current Government guidance states that groups of more than two people must all be from the same household. Bowls England will lobby Government for consideration to be given to this current restriction.
15. How can I get my playing surface back to a ‘fit for play’ condition should a ban on play be lifted?
It is important that some form of reduced but regular maintenance work has been carried out during the period of ‘lockdown’ as per the guidance issued by Bowls England on 3rd April 2020. The length of time needed to become fully playable and to what standard will depend on the condition of the surface in the first place. If you require any further advice, please contact the Bowls England Greens Advisory Service – e-mail email hidden; JavaScript is required
16. Can ‘non-members’ participate in activities at our club?
Every club is different and will have its own rules on participation by non-members. Clubs are reminded to ensure that any activity by non-members is in accordance with the requirements of their insurers.
17. Are we as a club responsible for provision of hand sanitiser to all players?
The Government guidance for facilities states as follows:
To help everyone maintain good hygiene, consideration should be given to:
• Using signs and posters to build awareness of good handwashing technique, the need to increase handwashing frequency, avoid touching your face and to cough or sneeze into your arm
• Providing regular reminders and signage to maintain hygiene standards
• Providing hand sanitiser in multiple locations in addition to washrooms
• Setting clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets to ensure they are kept clean and social distancing is achieved as much as possible
• Enhancing cleaning for busy areas
• Providing more waste facilities and more frequent rubbish collection
• Replacing hand dryers with paper towels in handwashing facilities
• Minimising use of portable toilets
• Sufficient provision of automated hand sanitising dispensers in public places
18. Can we allocate someone to ‘manage’ sessions/attendance in addition to those who are playing?
Yes – clubs may consider the use of ‘staff’ if they consider this will enable them to reopen safely as part of their risk assessment.
19. How do we prepare a risk assessment?
Guidance and templates are available to view/download at: www.sportenglandclubmatters.com/club-planning/governance/managing-risk/risk-assesment/
A bowls-specific risk assessment template is available to view/download at: www.bowlsengland.com/coronavirus-guidance/
20. Has Bowls England produced a poster that we can put up at our Club?
Yes – Bowls England has designed a COVID-19 Safety Information Poster for Clubs to use in conjunction with Warwick District Council. To download the poster, visit: https://www.bowlsengland.com/coronavirus-guidance/
21. Bowls England has refunded all our affiliation fees – are we still affiliated?
Yes – all clubs who initially paid fees for the 2020 season are recognised as affiliated despite the refund of affiliation fees.
22. Can we now hold a Committee Meeting so long as ‘social distancing’ is adhered to?
No – the Government guidance states that a gathering of more than two people from different households is not permitted. Sport England has produced specific guidance to assist clubs who wish to meet ‘virtually’ at: https://learn.sportenglandclubmatters.com/course/view.php?id=71
23. Can we share our ideas on social media?
Yes – Clubs are encouraged to think creatively about how best to make their sport or activity possible within the guidelines, and we would love to hear from you. Please post your photos on social media tagging in Bowls England or using the hashtag #back2bowls – we’ll share the best with the rest of the bowls community. Alternatively, send your news direct to: email hidden; JavaScript is required
We remind you that the Government advises that clubs should only reopen or restart activities as soon as they feel able to do so safely. We are aware that there is a huge difference of opinion between our members on restarting – please be respectful of each other and the wider bowling community when commenting on our channels.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Further guidance is available as below:
DCMS
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation

Sport England
https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/coronavirus/coronavirus-what-happens-next#your_questions_answered

Sport & Recreation Alliance
https://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/news/covid-19

Bowls England National Champion of Champions 2021

Further to recent enquiries received, I write to remind you that all those entries received for the Bowls England National Champion of Champions from Clubs and County Associations for 2020 will automatically roll over to the 2021 season (utilising entry fees paid for the 2020 season).

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Disability Bowls England Statement: COVID-19 – RETURN TO BOWLS

Disability Bowls England advises members who are able and wishing to resume playing bowls to read and comply with the guidance issued by Bowls England on 14th May 2020.

The Guidance can be viewed at: www.bowlsengland.com/covid-19-supplementary-guidance-for-lawn-bowls-clubs/

In accordance with the Government guidelines, issued on 13th May, it states: “You can play lawn bowls where facilities have reopened, but you can only take part in these activities by yourself, or with members of your household or with one person outside of your household, as long as you are able to maintain social distancing.”

DBE wishes to remind members that they should establish and follow specific rules introduced at the respective Club.

The following playing formats are in accordance with Government guidelines:

  • Individuals playing bowls on their own on a single rink
  • Two individuals from two different households playing on a single rink (no marker)
  • Members of the same household on a single rink (no marker unless from same household)

Social distancing rules must be strictly adhered to; you must remain at least two metres apart from other bowlers (who are not part of your household) at all times.

Players who require additional help from a person who cannot maintain the two metre distance, such as a wheelchair pusher, visually impaired or blind helper/director, personal carer or coach, must note that this assistance is to be provided by a member of their own household.

Disability aids and wheelchairs must be sanitised before and after each session. If club equipment is to be used, prior permission along with instructions for use must be obtained.

Any changes to the guidance will be published on www.disabilitybowlsengland.org.uk and www.bowlsengland.com

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These are difficult times and although members will be keen to get back onto the green, please take care, stay alert and stay well.

 

COACH BOWLS OFFER ONLINE ‘ADULT SAFEGUARDING IN BOWLS’ COURSE

SIGN UP NOW FOR NEW ONLINE ADULT SAFEGUARDING IN BOWLS COURSE 

Coach Bowls is delighted to announce the launch of its new online ‘Adult Safeguarding in Bowls’ course.

This course will provide an ideal opportunity for all bowlers to increase their knowledge of safeguarding from the comfort of their own home.

It will be delivered via a virtual classroom – with full interaction with the tutor and the other people attending the course throughout.

Amanda Scriven-Purcell, Coach Bowls Coaching Manager, said: “We are delighted to make this new course available to the bowls community. It provides all bowlers with the opportunity to build their knowledge on safeguarding matters both within the sport and their personal lives. The session will also give all participants the chance to meet up with other bowlers across England.”

Each session will last three hours and the cost is £25.

Spaces are strictly limited and bookings will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

For times and dates of the courses please go to the Coach Bowls website (http://www.coachbowls.org/) or use below:

Friday 29th May 2020 11am – 2pm Online course Click here to book
Thursday 4th June 2020 10am – 1pm Online course Click here to book
Wednesday 17th June 2020 1pm – 4pm Online course Click here to book
Thursday 25th June 2020 11am – 2pm Online course Click here to book
Monday 29th June 2020 11am – 2pm Online course Click here to book

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COVID-19: SUPPLEMENTARY GUIDANCE FOR LAWN BOWLS CLUBS

Approved by Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) – May 14th 2020

The physical and mental wellbeing of our bowls community is of paramount importance. Bowls England wants to support those clubs that wish to reopen and members who would like to play, to do so safely and in accordance with Government guidance.

The Government this week announced that facilities associated with outdoor sports and physical activities, including lawn bowls, may now reopen.

Government guidance released on 13th May 2020 states: “You can play lawn bowls where facilities have reopened, but you can only take part in these activities by yourself, or with members of your household or with one person outside of your household, as long as you are able to maintain social distancing.”

The guidance we have developed below supplements the Government guidance by covering situations specific to the sport of lawn bowls. It is a live document and will be updated if advice changes and we continue to actively seek the latest advice from Government.

Individual clubs must decide whether they wish to reopen having taken into account Government advice.
This guidance document contains the following Sections:
1. Clubs – Summary of Recommended Action
2. Players – Summary of Recommended Action
3. Frequently Asked Questions
4. Back2Bowls
5. Additional Information

If you have any questions, please e-mail: email hidden; JavaScript is required. We are here to help and we will endeavour to respond within three working days.

We hope you all stay healthy and that we all get through these challenging times by looking to help each other where we can. The coming weeks and months may also provide an opportunity for you to encourage members of your own household, who currently don’t play, to give bowls a try – clubs are reminded to ensure that any activity by non-members is in accordance with their insurers.

Meanwhile, keep safe, take care, look after yourself and, when you do return to the green, enjoy your bowls.
Stay alert, control the virus, save lives.

1. Clubs – Summary of Recommended Action
Bowls England recommends that all clubs follow the guidance below (the guidance may be adapted if necessary for your club, so long as it remains consistent with Government advice and social distancing requirements):

Play arrangements
• Off-site booking system for rink allocation (i.e. Google Calendar)
• Minimum of 20 minutes between allocated time slots to enable players to arrive/depart safely
• Clubs to communicate in advance with players to advise on social distancing requirements that are being applied on arrival at the club – for example not leaving cars until a certain time before their allocated time slot
• Only play on alternate rinks e.g. 1, 3, 5 OR 2, 4, 6 (keep an empty rink between rinks that are being played on)
• Maximum of six players on club premises at any one time (assuming average of two people per rink who are not from the same household). Clubs may wish to increase this number if more than two people from the same household are to participate on the same rink.
• No visitors/spectators to be admitted to the club
• Capping the number of occasions a player can book a rink each week to ensure that the available capacity is distributed fairly

Playing Formats
The following playing formats are in accordance with Government guidelines:
• Individuals playing bowls on their own on a single rink
• Two individuals from two different households playing on a single rink (no marker)
• Members of the same household on a single rink (no marker unless from same household)
Social distancing rules must be strictly adhered to; you must remain at least two metres apart from other bowlers (who are not part of your household) at all times.

Clubhouse and Facilities
• Until further notice, all clubhouses must be closed
• Limited essential access (for example to use the toilets and hand washing facilities) may be allowed by the club
• Sanitiser must be available for cleaning hands and equipment before and after playing
• No rubbish bins – players must take any rubbish away with them
Social distancing rules must be strictly adhered to; you must remain at least two metres apart from other bowlers (who are not part of your household) at all times.

Equipment
To minimise the risk of infection, only essential items (as below) should be utilised during any session:
• Mat
• Bowls
• Jack
• Rink markers
• Gloves
• Scorecards (these should be retained by one person only if required)
• Bowling arm/lifter (for use by one person only if required)

To minimise the risk of infection, any other equipment is not deemed essential equipment at this time and should not be utilised. This includes:
• Scoreboards
• Bowls pushers
• Ditch markers
• 2m distance sticks
• Chalk

2. Players – Summary of Recommended Actions
Bowls England recommends that all players follow the guidance below (the guidance may be adapted if necessary to meet individual needs, so long as they remain consistent with Government advice and social distancing requirements):
In advance
• Do not go to the club if you are experiencing any coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or any cold or flu-like symptoms, in particular a cough or a high temperature. Use the NHS 111 website or helpline and seek advice. For your own protection, follow the advice about self-isolation if you are, or are living with, someone in one of the vulnerable groups
• Dress appropriately before you get to the club to avoid the need to change clothes – change shoes immediately before and after your game
• Travel to the green on your own or with members of your own household only – do not offer a lift to, or accept a lift from, anyone outside your household. Do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your allocated booking time.
Personal care
• Avoid using toilets at the club wherever possible and clean anything you have touched after use
• Take any food or drink you might need with you
• Wash or sanitise your hands and sanitise any equipment (including bowls, jacks and mats) you use before and after you play – do not assume that the person before you has sanitised the equipment thoroughly
• Sanitise padlocks, keys and door handles before and after use

Playing the game
• You should only play with people from your own household or by yourself or, as long as you stay two metres apart, with one other person from outside your household. Groups of more than two people must all be from the same household. This means you cannot have two or three people from one household plus one person from outside the household playing together.
• Do not shake hands before, during or after a game
• Do not ‘high-five‘ OR ‘hug’ other players to celebrate shots or a win
• Only one player should handle the mat during the session
• Two jacks (one at each end) should be used and this should be set by one player only throughout the session
• If scoring:
o Social distancing rules must be strictly adhered to at all times
o Do not touch your opponents’ bowls with your hands
o Avoid measuring for shot/s
When you leave
• When you finish playing, change your shoes and leave the club immediately – ensuring that you have sanitised all equipment used and that the club is secure (as applicable)

3. Frequently Asked Questions

When can we reopen?
Outdoor bowls clubs are now allowed to open. Each club, including council-owned sports facilities, will make their own decision about when their facilities are ready to open and can be operated safely. You should only reopen or restart activities as soon as you feel able to do so safely. Until you feel it is safe and responsible to reopen you should remain closed.

What games can we play?
All activity should be consistent with the government guidance regarding health, social distancing and hygiene. That means that participants and others can maintain a safe two metre distance, that good hygiene practices are in place, that equipment is disinfected regularly, and that it is clear that anyone who is symptomatic or suspects they have been exposed to the virus does not take part and remains at home.

What about competitions within our club?
Any measures clubs can put in place to enable an activity to return needs to be capable of being adapted to follow government guidelines on social distancing e.g. strengthening or relaxing measures at short notice. Organisations are encouraged to think creatively about how best to make their sport or activity possible within the guidelines.
The limit on gatherings – no more than two, unless members of the same household – means that it is unlikely to be possible to organise amateur events or competitions at this time. The primary purpose of bowling activity at this time is for physical and mental well-being.

Can clinically vulnerable people (such as people aged 70 and over) participate in lawn bowls?
The advice for clinically vulnerable groups remains the same. If you are in this group you are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if you do go out, take particular care to minimise contact with others outside your household. If you are living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, the guidance is that you should remain at and exercise at home.
Full details at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do#vulnerable-groups-shielding-70-year-olds-and-over-and-care-homes

Can I receive coaching?   One on one coaching is permitted if outside and remaining a minimum of 2 metres apart.

Can we open the club bar and kitchen?   No – Bars and restaurants, including any food or drink facilities inside a clubhouse must remain closed until further notice. Take-away services can be offered, but any hot or cold food must be consumed off the premises, outside of the building.

Can we use the club toilets?    Yes – toilets and throughways may be kept open, but guidance on hygiene should be followed.

Can we use the changing rooms?    No – all indoor facilities, apart from toilets and through-ways should be kept closed.

Can we share equipment?   Where possible we recommend that you limit sharing of equipment, for example you should use your own bowls. If you are sharing equipment (mats/jacks) you should wash your hands thoroughly before and after use. It is a decision for clubs/facility managers whether or not they loan/hire out bowls. If you do, we would expect you to follow sensible precautions and clean in between users, as well as the safely working guidance.

4. Back2Bowls
We would love to see examples of good practice with bowls being enjoyed whilst adhering to the government guidelines. Please post your photos on social media tagging in Bowls England or using the hashtag #back2bowls – we’ll share the best with the rest of the bowls community.
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5. Additional Information
Further guidance is available as below:

DCMS
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation

Sport England
https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/coronavirus/coronavirus-what-happens-next#your_questions_answered

Sport & Recreation Alliance
https://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/news/covid-19

Bowls England wishes to thank the following clubs for their contributions in the development of this guidance:

Aldiss Park, Norfolk
Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire
Bourne Town, Lincolnshire
Harpenden, Hertfordshire
Ilminster, Somerset
Lindfield, Sussex
Thames Sports, Essex
Witney Town, Oxfordshire

Bowls England Official Podcast ‘THE EXTRA END’ | EPISODE 6 – AMY GOWSHALL

Amy Gowshall has represented England all over the world, winning medals at World Championships and Commonwealth Games. Amy is the next guest on ‘The Extra End’ and discusses her experiences in the sport, whilst combining this with the challenges involved with family life and as a full-time teacher with Bowls International Editor Sian Honnor.

To view this episode of ‘The Extra End’, Bowls England’s Official Podcast, visit: https://youtu.be/v5VFXfNCX8s

 

Return to Sport – Government Guidance

The Government (DCMS) published its full guidance on the return of outdoor sport and recreation, including lawn bowls, last night.

We have updated our bowls-specific guidance, for DCMS approval, in line with this and shall issue once DCMS approval is received.

Should you wish to view the Government guidance in detail at this stage, please go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation

We kindly request that any specific enquiries you may have for Bowls England on the reopening of bowling greens awaits circulation of our bowls-specific guidance.

Bowls England News: HOLDING STATEMENT ON REOPENING OF BOWLING GREENS

ISSUED BY BOWLS ENGLAND CHAIR DAVID TUCKER

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced on Sunday night that lockdown restrictions would be eased in relation to physical activity and that some outdoor areas, including bowling greens, would be allowed to reopen from Wednesday 13th May.

This announcement, and the subsequent release of more detailed guidance yesterday, has led to a fresh influx of enquiries from Clubs, County Associations and individual members regarding what this will mean for our sport.

Bowls England, and many other national sporting bodies, are still digesting the various documents and awaiting direction from the Government on a range of issues that is expected to include, but not be limited to, the use of toilets, changing rooms and other facilities. As soon as this information is available, we will provide this to you at the earliest opportunity.

Whilst our aim is to expedite the safe resumption of our sport, I am sure you will understand that this is a complex situation and requires due consideration.  We are currently developing some bowls specific guidance, which will assist with many of the practical issues that will need to be considered by Clubs and players. Additionally, a number of Clubs have already shared with us some of their own ideas for restarting locally, and we shall seek to incorporate these within the guidance document. This will be shared in the coming days. We will also be analysing the response to our recent Club Survey in order to determine the priorities for our members over the coming months.

In the meantime, we would recommend you digest the guidance from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) detailed below. Many Clubs may feel that they have taken all the necessary steps in order to facilitate their Club reopening, whereas others may wish to wait. Similarly, whilst many players are clearly keen to get back on the green, others may choose not to do so immediately. It will be for individuals and Clubs to determine when they are ready to enjoy our sport once more, and we hope that guidance we will be issuing will support you do to this safely.

 DCMS – Key Messages:

  1. We are increasing people’s access to local, outdoor physical activity for the purpose of wellbeing
  2. People will only be able to use these facilities:
    1. By themselves OR
    2. With people from their own household OR
    3. with one other person from outside their household (as long as they stay two metres apart)
  3. You can only exercise in groups of no more than two, unless you are exclusively with members of your household. This means that you cannot have five people from one household plus one person from outside the household playing sport together. You can have two people, from two different households, as long as they are staying two metres apart.
  4. It is for individual Clubs and organisations to develop their own guidance on reopening, to best fit their own situation, in line with the Government’s advice.

DCMS – Q and A:

What has been announced?

The Government has announced that people can go outside more than once a day for exercise as long as they are following social distancing guidelines, alone, with members of their household, or with one person from outside of their household. You must still only exercise in groups of no more than two people, unless you are exercising with your household. Any facilities associated with outdoor sports and physical activities are permitted to reopen from Wednesday 13th May 2020 if those responsible for them feel ready to do so and if they can do so safely, and in line with this and related public health guidance. Outdoor gyms, playgrounds, or outdoor swimming pools will remain closed.

What can I do?

All outdoor sports and physical activities are permitted, without time limit, with the exception of swimming in an open-air swimming pool. All must be done alone with members of your household or, providing you are following social distancing guidelines, with one person from outside your household.

What sort of facilities are reopening?

Any facilities associated with outdoor sports and physical activities are permitted to reopen, including outdoor bowling greens.

When will these open?

Facilities will be allowed to open from Wednesday 13th May. Each venue, including council-owned sports facilities, must make their own decision about when their facilities are ready. The Government will be publishing high level guidance for sports and venues to help them think about preparations shortly. [Bowls England will be issuing a bowls specific guidance document].

Can I share equipment?

Yes, but you should enforce strong hygiene measures. This might be cleaning it rigorously in line with wider guidance on hygiene, for example by using antibacterial spray and washing hands thoroughly before and after use.