NOMINATE YOUR STORY OF THE YEAR FOR 2020

The annual Story of the Year Award, generously supported by Drakes Pride, recognises the outstanding achievement of bowls clubs and members across the county and promotes the hard work and dedication that goes into running a successful club.

In 2020 we saw many clubs respond to the challenges of Covid-19 by continually adapting their guidance to ensure a safe environment that encouraged members to get back onto the green.

Additionally, we saw the importance of looking after each other off the green come to the fore, with virtual catch-ups and social events such as quizzes and coffee mornings demonstrated by many clubs.

Has your club got a special story to tell, or did one of your members go ‘above and beyond’ in 2020? If so, then we want to hear from you.

All affiliated members, clubs and county associations are welcome to nominate anyone, or anything, which they feel has been of particularly great benefit to our sport in the last 12 months – with a host of great prizes for the winners including sets of bowls from Drakes Pride.

Further examples of nomination might include:

  • A club member who has installed a fresh, professional feel to the club website, or is actively using social media to engage, educate and inform members during the initial lockdown;
  • Someone who has been responsible for submitting funding applications to ensure the future of the club is in safe hands;
  • A group of members who have followed the necessary guidelines to ensure a safe return to the green last summer;
  • A member who has gone to special lengths to help their fellow bowlers, assisting those who are perhaps alone and unable to collect shopping or a prescription;
  • A successful ‘Let’s Roll!’ campaign, introducing new people to try our sport for the first time and encouraging a rise in participation.

Jon Cockcroft, Chief Executive of Bowls England, said: “When reflecting on 2020, it’s almost impossible to look beyond Covid-19 and its impact on our sport, however I am proud of the amazing efforts to support fellow bowlers in these difficult times. Many of our members have contributed to our sport by either getting back onto the green in a safe manner, or providing support away from the green.”

To submit a nomination, simply complete the form here – the closing date for entries is Monday 15th March.

We would like to thank Drakes Pride for their continued support.

BOWLS ENGLAND LOOKS FORWARD TO THE START OF THE 2021 OUTDOOR SEASON

Today’s roadmap for the easing of lockdown restrictions enables Bowls England, counties and affiliated clubs to prepare with confidence for the 2021 outdoor season.  The Prime Minister’s announcement confirmed that outdoor affiliated bowls clubs will be able to open from 29 March.

Our overriding objective is for as many bowlers as possible to enjoy our sport in a safe manner this summer.  Bowls is a naturally socially-distanced, non-contact activity and plays a key role in the mental and physical health of many across the country.  The positive prospects for the new season provides a great boost to bowlers and the sport in general.

Whilst the overwhelming majority of existing bowlers are eager to start playing and are likely to have received their first vaccine, we understand there is a degree of nervousness about returning to the sport.  We will be working alongside our development partner, the Bowls Development Alliance, to support affiliated clubs across the country to create Covid-safe environments, building on the fantastic efforts of many club leaders last year.  This work will include:

  • ‘Return to Play’ guidance for affiliated clubs
  • Resources and best practice to support the safe running of clubs
  • Online rink booking and cashless payments
  • Promotional material and funding advice

We also aim to facilitate as much domestic competition as possible.  We have developed a series of Covid-contingency scenarios and, with the information now available, will look to reshape our national competition schedule.  We will issue a further update on the championships and competitions programmes once we have had the opportunity to consult with counties and clubs on any potential changes.

Our National Open Weekend planning will continue and we believe there’s a good opportunity to encourage people, who are looking for a new fun, family outdoor activity, into our sport.  We will be working with affiliated clubs who sign up to empower them to deliver Open Weekend events that are Covid-safe and give new players a fantastic first experience.

Chief Executive, Jon Cockcroft, said: “With the roadmap laid out by the Prime Minister, we are excited about our sport’s prospects for the coming season.  With sensible interventions in place, bowls is a sport that can be enjoyed authentically and safely within the government guidelines and it will be a huge boost for the wellbeing of the bowls community to be playing the sport they love and connecting back in with their local communities.  We will be working in partnership with all stakeholders, notably affiliated clubs, to navigate through any challenges and, whilst mindful to retain a level of caution, are very excited about the outdoor bowls season beginning soon.”

We understand today’s developments will provoke a range of questions and we would ask people to bear with us as we work through the various implications.  As soon as we can, we will be issuing more detailed guidance on the Bowls England website.

Bowls England News: CLUBS CONTINUE TO RECEIVE FINANCIAL SUPPORT

“My advice to all clubs is to apply today – you’ve nothing to lose!”

Those are the words from Marldon BC’s treasurer Ray O’Brien, as bowls clubs across the country are continuing to benefit from the latest business support initiative offered by the government.

The funding enables clubs to receive one-off grants up to £9,000 to help survive the latest national lockdown in England.

Ray added: “We pay zero rates and also got a grant during the first round of funding opportunities. As we are part of the leisure sector we applied for the latest government grant which has also been accepted. It takes only 10 minutes to apply online.”

The grants are available to businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors that have been forced to close their doors as a result of the pandemic and the payments will be based on the rateable value of the premises.

  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value over £51,000

Pam Cook, treasurer of Topsham BC in Devon, also highlighted how straightforward the procedure has been to secure the grant, following our initial circulation on 22nd January.

She said: “The government’s support finder tool is very simple to follow and after ticking a few boxes gives us all of the information regarding the support schemes that we are able to apply for. Within less than two weeks we received notification that our application was successful for £6,000. Thank you to Bowls England for advising us of the latest opportunity to secure some additional funding for our club during the current pandemic.”

The help is in addition to business rates relief and the furlough scheme, which has been extended until the end of April.

Find out more about the government’s financial support schemes and use their business support finder tool to see what support you may be eligible for.

Sport England

Clubs who have been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions can also still apply to Sport England’s £16.5 million Return to Play Fund to help sustain them through the pandemic. Covid-19 has hit the sport and physical activity sector hard, so Sport England has modified its funding streams to help people safely return to play and are targeting the places they’ll have the biggest impact.

Due to the announcement of the new national lockdown measures, the programme has been adapted to help further. Organisations based in Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) 1-5 can now seek support towards ongoing running costs – for example rent, utilities and insurance. Try out the Sport England fund chooser tool to find out which of our funds your project may be eligible for.

Bowls England

We help our affiliated clubs to find out more information on the funding opportunities available to them by providing a dedicated facility to enable affiliated clubs to search for potential grant funding opportunities. Registration will give you immediate, free and unrestricted access to our comprehensive database of funding opportunities and business advice services. You can browse or search for funding, generate reports, access news items in full and set up alerts to receive updates regarding suitable funding opportunities as and when they become available.

Click here to view our latest Funding Guide [Updated: January 2021]

For more information on any funding opportunities please contact our Club and County Support Advisor, John Hughes, on 07879 812416 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required and he would be pleased to assist you.

If your club has been successful with any funding initiative, we’d love to hear from you so that we can share with other clubs. Drop us an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required

Matt Wordingham
Content Officer

Holt Bowls Club news

Holt Bowls Club is hopefully, about to embark into its 100th anniversary year.

However, with the current pandemic this has affected the club’s finances, just like many other small sports clubs up and down the country.

Yet, the club has come up with two opportunities for many people to help out.

OPTION 1,

As we approach our centenary season this year, we are looking to purchase some brand-new scoreboards and we would like a sponsor to be advertised on the front of these.

If you have a company or know of a company that would like some advertising. We have a football scratch card, £20 per team on the scratch card, every entry will receive online advertisement across our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds. Winning entry gets 3 scoreboard slots.

This is a great opportunity to get your company advertised for the next two years, at all our home games.

If you are interested, please contact us via;

E-Mail – email hidden; JavaScript is required

Facebook – Holt Bowls Club

Twitter – @HoltBowls

Instagram – @holtbowlsclub

 

OPTION 2, 

As a club that has an aging clubhouse, we are in need of some work to maintain the club’s facilities and make it more welcoming for us to include a lady’s section by 2022.

If so any donation large or small would be most welcome to this our crowdfunding page.

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/holtbowls100?fbclid=IwAR0rKBrSjcLqLM9ySz-0IuDzz6Pf7e4CCEIXJPS9OziAH4ts1TqfK4tdW-s

Thank you for taking the time to read this and we hope that with your support Holt Bowls Club will be around for another 100 years.

Best wishes and keep safe,

Chris Poole | Hon. Secretary 

Holt Bowls Club

The Street, Holt, Trowbridge, Wiltshire

M: 07770744830

www.holtbowls.co.uk

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STATEMENT: BRITISH ISLES BOWLS EVENTS – 2021

The British Isles Bowls Council (BIBC) and British Isles Women’s Bowls Council (BIWBC) have today announced the cancellation of all events for the 2021 season. The decision reflects the challenges related to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions and has been made to enable more grassroots bowlers to enjoy the sport this summer.

Whilst we remain positive that people will be out on the greens this summer, the international series and championships necessitate an extra level of logistical planning and delivery for players, spectators and officials. Given these extra considerations, particularly around international travel and the varying restrictions across Britain expected to continue for months, it was not viable to continue without damaging the integrity of the events.

All nations agreed that the early decision was important to provide clarity to players and spectators, give every nation the opportunity to make the most of their domestic calendar and provide much-needed support to clubs.

No decision has been taken on British Isles events for 2022 as this will form part of a wider review taking into account a number of considerations including the Commonwealth Games taking place at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa.

Bowls England statement: “It was with a heavy heart that we supported the decision to cancel all of these events, however it is undoubtedly the right one. The concerns over travel and accommodation for large numbers of people made this decision inevitable.

“Domestically we remain confident that, thanks to the rollout of the vaccine and our experience from last season of bowling taking place in a Covid-friendly manner, people will be out playing in England at an early date. We are still planning for a full competitive season including national competitions and national championships, however we are working on a number of contingencies should there be a need to delay the start date. The cancellation of the British Isles events will provide opportunity for more flexibility in the calendar should the need arise.

“We also recognise that it is important for us to provide opportunities for new people to try our sport and enjoy its many physical and social benefits, and we are continuing work on our first-ever National Open Weekend from Friday 28th to Monday 31st May. We were one of the first sports to ‘open’ in 2020 and we will be working with clubs to help people get back to bowls and welcome newcomers into our sport.”

Notes:
The members of the BIBC are: Bowls England; Irish Bowling Association; Bowls Guernsey; Bowls Jersey; Bowls Scotland; Welsh Bowling Association

The members of the BIWBC are: Bowls England; Irish Women’s Bowling Association; Bowls Jersey; Bowls Scotland; Welsh Women’s Bowling Association

Downton Bowls Club News

Bowls England have advised all Bowls Clubs in England to look at the Sports England Funding Projects. Downton Bowling Club are investigating these opportunities and have several projects in mind.

The first is to set up a Short Mat Bowls Section in the Club. The Mats need to be 45 feet long and cost between £750 and £1200. The ideal place for playing this game is the adjacent Sherwood Room which can host all types of functions and is large enough for Short Mat Bowls.

Another project revolves around the Bowls England scheme for introducing new players to the game. On the weekend of 28-31 May every Club in England has been encouraged to have an Open Day. More information will be provided but Downton will be advertising this event locally and through social websites.

The Club, has in the past, invited local schools to take up the Game of Outdoor Bowls and this year more sessions will be organised where younger people can take part.

Downton Bowling Club has one of the best greens in the area and is based at Wick Lane very close to the Leisure Centre.

Further information can be obtained at the Club website or by phoning Mike Hallam at 01725 513359.

Coach Bowls release dates of new courses

Coach Bowls has now released the new Level 1 and 2 online courses. The final assessment dates/times are yet to be fixed.

Please see http://coachbowls.org/course-bookings

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Keep safe

Nigel Morgan

Closing date for ordering the BE Annual report is the 1st February

The Bowls England Annual Report, which will cover the 2019/20 financial year, is now available for online pre-order.

The 20-page (now 36 pages) publication, which replaces the Annual Yearbook for 2021, includes all information relating to Bowls England’s financial activity over the aforementioned 12-month period.

It also includes a preview of our 2021-2025 strategy, focussing on the key objectives and priorities moving forward.

The Annual Report is available for just £3.50, including postage and packaging, with orders being taken until 1st February. Reports will be posted week commencing Monday 15th February.

Click here to pre-order your copy

Please note: The Annual Report will be available in digital form on the Bowls England website.

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE FOR BOWLS CLUBS

Bowls clubs could access one-off business support grants of up to £9,000 to help them survive the latest national lockdown in England.

The grants are available now to businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors that have been forced to close their doors as a result of the pandemic and the payments will be based on the rateable value of the premises.

• £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
• £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
• £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value over £51,000

The help is in addition to business rates relief and the furlough scheme, which has been extended until the end of April.

Find out more about the government’s financial support schemes and use their business support finder tool to see what support you may be eligible for.

Don’t forget, clubs who have been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions can also still apply to Sport England’s £16.5 million Return to Play Fund to help sustain them through the pandemic. Covid-19 has hit the sport and physical activity sector hard, so Sport England has modified its funding streams to help people safely return to play and are targeting the places they’ll have the biggest impact.

Due to the announcement of the new national lockdown measures, the programme has been adapted to help further. Organisations based in Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) 1-5 can now seek support towards ongoing running costs – for example rent, utilities and insurance. Try out the Sport England fund chooser tool to find out which of our funds your project may be eligible for.

Click here to view our latest Funding Guide [Updated: January 2021] and also dedicated page on the BE website