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We are delighted to announce a free webinar to assist members with ideas and techniques to communicate to club members using simple ideas which save time, money and are hassle-free.

Examples will be provided to show the importance of internal and external communication to your club – and the benefits it has with retention and recruitment.

Our webinar will show all attendees how you can use various systems effectively to introduce new initiatives specific to your Club’s needs.

The webinar will once again be hosted by Ilminster BC’s Matt Hamilton following the successful recent webinars focusing on how to grow your club using an increased presence on social media.

Matt has first-hand experience of communication at club level, with his involvement paramount to his club being named Bowls England Club of the Year in 2018.

The webinars will take place via Zoom on the following dates:

  • Friday 10th July (2pm)
  • Tuesday 14th July (6.30pm)

Each webinar will contain the same content, therefore attendance is only necessary on one occasion.

To book your place, please e-mail email hidden; JavaScript is required providing the name of your Club and County Association along with which session you wish to attend.

Places are strictly limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

We look forward to ‘virtually’ seeing you then.

COVID-19: Additional Guidance for Lawn Bowls

This is the latest guidance from Bowls England received on the 02/07/2020. Please note the LINK at the bottom of the page which give further guidance on the opening of clubs.

We welcome the further easing of restrictions that the Government has announced, particularly with regard to bars and restaurants, which will enable more of our clubs and members to enjoy a game of bowls over the coming weeks and generate much-needed income.

We released a checklist for clubs on the re-opening of bars and restaurants as part of our ‘Back2Bowls’ guidance on Tuesday this week.

The Government yesterday published additional information for the sport sector.

The attached document highlights key points (applicable from Saturday 4th July) from the latest Government guidance to help clubs and members return to the green safely including:

  • Social distancing
  • Shared equipment
  • Changing rooms and toilets
  • Rinks and formats
  • Large gatherings

We trust this additional information will support your clubs and members.


Back2Bowls – Reopening of Club Bars and Restaurants


We are delighted that many of our clubs have already opened their doors and are confident that the easing of restrictions over the remainder of the 2020 season will provide a great opportunity for clubs to recruit and retain members.

Already, clubs have innovated to provide social and competitive opportunities for their community at a time when they need it most.

Our latest paper (attached) follows the Government’s announcement that licensed premises, including bowls clubs, are allowed to open from Saturday 4th July in their capacity as bars and restaurants. Our paper includes a useful checklist to assist those clubs who wish to open their bar.

Key points:

  • The Government has issued detailed guidance for the reopening of Bars and Restaurants
  • Clubs should refer to the Government guidance in advance of opening and ensure compliance
  • Changing rooms should remain closed except for allowing access to toilets and handwashing facilities

This paper is our interpretation of the information available to date and, if necessary, we will update further once DCMS publishes its guidance for the sport sector.

In preparing our paper, we are aware that every club is different and it is for each club to interpret the Government’s requirements and act accordingly.

We trust you will find this useful.


Covid-19 – Update from Bowls England

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced yesterday (23rd June) that pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants will be able to reopen on 4th July.

We are currently awaiting clarification from the Government as to whether this will mean any change to the current limit on use of clubhouses, bars and changing rooms for our member clubs. The Government guidance for outdoor sports facilities, including bowls clubs, currently states: “Bars and clubhouses at outdoor sports facilities must remain closed other than for takeaway to be consumed off site.”

We shall circulate a further update once a response is received.

Kind regards



New Dates For Online Adult In Bowls Safeguarding Courses


Coach Bowls is delighted to announce extra dates for the 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 Zoon as 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 are website with direct link to book on course or use below

Friday 31st July 2020 10am – 1pm Online course Click here to book
Tuesday 4th August 2020 1pm -4pm Online course Click here to book
Thursday 13th August 2020 10am – 1pm Online course Click here to book
Saturday 22nd August 2020 11am – 2pm Online course Click here to book
Wednesday 26th August 2020 10am – 1pm Online course Click here to book

Bowls England News: Is your Club Paying more for its Waste Water than it should be?

We are aware that a number of clubs have been battling for several years to get their water company to provide an allowance for waste water.

We now want to find out the national picture and have launched a short survey to assess our clubs’ needs in order to assist our future negotiations with water companies on your behalf.

Most water companies automatically assume that approximately 95 per cent of the water supplied to any property is returned to the sewer and charge accordingly. However, if your usage is metered and you use a considerable amount of water in such a way that it does not return to the sewer, for example watering your bowling green, then you can apply to the company for a non-return to sewer allowance.

David Tucker, Bowls England Chair, said: “Bowls England has received feedback from a number of clubs who appear to have been overcharged by their water supplier for waste water. This means thousands of pounds a year from club funds could literally be going down the drain. We want to make national representation to the water companies on behalf of our clubs, but to do so we need some firm evidence of the current situation therefore would urge clubs to complete our short survey.”

Any club wishing to check their individual position in the short-term can do so by requesting an application form from your water company and assessing how much of a discount you are entitled to if you can evidence how much water is not returning to the sewer.

To complete the survey, which should take no more than 10 minutes, please visit:


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Bowls England News: Get up to £10,000 to keep your Community Physically Active

Bowls England is encouraging Clubs to take advantage of a brilliant initiative from Sport England in conjunction with Crowdfunder.

  • £1 million of match funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus
  • This investment aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship
  • Sign up for a free, 30-minute webinar on Tuesday 16th June at 1pm, to find out more

Sport England has teamed up with Crowdfunder to make £1 million of match funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus.

This investment 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.

The match investment, of up to £10,000, aims to help organisations start to help themselves on the road to recovery, and we are encouraging all Clubs who play an important role in keeping their community physically active to get involved.

We are encouraging clubs to use this opportunity to improve accessibility to equipment to such as a bowling arm, or even a set of New Age bowls or small bowls to assist with a youth bowling section.

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

If your club has already started a crowdfunding campaign, you can just apply for the match funding via the Crowdfunder dashboard.

Crowdfunder is delivering a series of free sport specific webinars and funding courses, being to support this initiative as well as a dedicated ‘Crowdfund Sport’ page.

The next webinar will take place on Tuesday 16th June at 1pm. It is a free, 30-minute session, designed to be interactive and very much an introduction to crowdfunding. It will be recorded, and can be played back afterwards, but you must sign up at in order to access this.


Bowls England News: Commonwealth Games Update and Club Support from our Chair


I am delighted that, in preparing this column, I am able to look forward with great positivity for the future of our sport.

I must begin by publicly extending a warm welcome to our new Chief Executive, Jon Cockcroft, who is nearing the end of his second week in post. When Jon was appointed back in February, none of us would have expected him to join us in such unprecedented circumstances.

Jon has already grasped the nettle and I know he is looking forward to speaking with the bowls community at all levels to understand our targets, our aspirations and deliver some exciting initiatives alongside the Board and staff team.

A focus for this will undoubtedly be the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. This week saw the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) announce a 24-hour change in start date for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games which will now begin on Thursday 28th July running through to Monday 8th August.

This adjustment ensures that Birmingham 2022 will now boast two full weekends of Commonwealth sport – which is great news for those who plan to visit Victoria Park to view the Lawn Bowls events. We will, of course, be working in collaboration with the Organising Committee to ensure that you have every opportunity to enjoy the Games – whether that be as a volunteer or spectator – and also to maximise publicity for the longer-term benefit of our sport.

Clubs are going to be key to our plans for future growth in participation and our role is to ensure that you are equipped and ready to welcome your new recruits.

In support of this, at our latest Board Meeting we gave the go-ahead to the development of a package of measures to support clubs, including the rollout of webinars covering topics identified by members as their top priorities in our recent Covid-19 survey – most notably recruitment, retention and communication. Following the success of the recent social media webinar, we are currently preparing the content for the next two webinars which focus on the importance of good communication and news items, and data protection and legal issues. More information will be circulated on these in due course.

We are also reviewing how we can best provide recruitment support to our clubs in the short and long-term, especially given some of the practical challenges that we all currently face. It has, nonetheless, been welcome to see so many clubs opening their doors in recent weeks and once more enjoying our sport in some very innovative ways. I’m confident that many will seek to continue in this manner as their ‘new normal’ and I remind you that all guidance regarding COVID-19 from Bowls England and external bodies can be found at

Finally, on the international front, the Board received an update on an outline proposal from Bowls Scotland to amend the future format of the Women’s International Series. Initial consultation has been held with the Team Managers and Regional Selectors, and it was agreed that we would work collaboratively with the other Home Nations to develop an international programme that best meets the needs of our sport.

Stay safe.

David Tucker


Bowls England

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