Bowls clubs may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £18,000 from their local council.

The government’s Restart Grant scheme supports businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors with a one-off grant, to reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Another £425 million is also being provided to local authorities in England to put towards discretionary business grant funding. Local councils will use their discretion to determine whether businesses meet the eligibility criteria for this grant scheme.

Your club may be eligible if it is:

  • based in England
  • rate-paying
  • in the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care or gym sectors
  • trading on 1 April 2021 (please note: this does not mean that bowling activity had recommenced by this date)

Visit your local council’s website to find out how to apply.

Note: This grant is taxable and should be declared in your tax return. Only businesses which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.

Positive start to BE Bowls Big Weekend for Box BC

After attending the 2 hour seminar provided foc by BE which was very well presented.

I am happy to announce that after registering our events for the Bowls Big Weekend, I have used the sample posters also provided FOC on two local group Facebook pages and after one day received 10 interested people, lets hope they want to join,


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Middleton Cup Update

This years Middleton Cup is going to be a knockout competition and Bowls Wiltshire Men have been drawn to play against Worcestershire on Saturday 4th July with the match being play at the Cotswold Bowls Club in Stroud with a start time of 2.00pm. Should Wiltshire win they will play Gloucestershire on Saturday 10th July.


The past week has seen the release of our latest Return to Play guidance and publication of our National Competition draws. The enthusiasm from the whole bowls community at the prospect of getting back on the greens has been fantastic to see.

The publication of these documents has generated a large number of queries and, due to the large volume of phone calls, we’ve collated various answers to the most common asked questions.

If you have queries around our Return to Play guidance, our FAQs can be accessed here.

We have also prepared the following answers which should answer the majority of competition-based enquiries that have been received over the last 48 hours.

Competition Rules and Regulations

The updated rules for 2021 will be available w/c 19th April at

Offering and accepting of dates

The Challenger does not need to offer dates until 21 days before the closing date of the first match, nor does the opponent need to accept a date until 19 days before the closing date of that round. We have received a number of queries from participants regarding the arrangement of fixtures that are not due to be played for several weeks, including some well into July.

Postal Draws

Postal notifications, where necessary, will be sent to participants no later than 21 days before the closing date of their first match.

Duplicate Entries

If there are any duplicate entries, please email email hidden; JavaScript is required with the details.


If you have received a walkover, please email the details to email hidden; JavaScript is required. This will be actioned within the play by date window of the relevant round.


Now that the draw has been published, we are unable to process any refunds regardless of the circumstances.

Account Access

Anybody who is unable to access their online account to make changes directly should email email hidden; JavaScript is required

Should your query not be covered by the above, please email email hidden; JavaScript is required in the first instance.

We will prioritising responses based on those events with a play by date before 19th May. All other competition queries may receive a delayed response as a result.

‘Mr Suffolk’ honoured with Bowls England’s Unsung Hero Award

Suffolk’s Percy Rowe is the latest recipient of our Certificate of Merit, an award to celebrate the many unsung heroes that give so much to grassroots bowls.

Widely known as ‘Mr Suffolk’ and respected throughout the country, Percy was recognised for his dedication to administration and promotion of our sport, fulfilling roles such as Competition and Area Secretary for his county since 1990, as well as General Secretary and County Administrator until his retirement in December.

I have added a news item to the Bowls England website which includes a short video containing messages of support and the moment that our President, Paul Robson, recently notified Percy that he was the latest recipient of the award on a Zoom call. You can find this here:

Bowls England – Performance Update

Whilst the international events for 2021 have sadly been curtailed, the Performance Team has been busy putting in place a programme of activity for the coming season.

The events below all form part of the preparations of our international players for forthcoming events, including British Isles, Commonwealth Games and World Championships, and are intended to fulfil four main objectives:

  1. To ensure that all members of the Bowls England High Performance Squad are given ample opportunity to stake their claim for selection for Birmingham 2022;
  2. To provide a high level of competition for the Bowls England High Performance Squad as part of the preparation programme for Birmingham 2022;
  3. To provide opportunities for all international players (junior and senior) to participate in high-level competition this season as part of their on-going development as England international athletes;
  4. To use the Preparation Programme to promote our sport at a wider level to both current and new audiences

The plans for 2021 have now been finalised and dates/events/venues (where known) are shown below:

Performance Squad Training Camp

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th May – Oxford City & County BC, Oxfordshire

Test Match v Ireland

Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd May – Essex County BC, Essex

Performance Squad v International Select (North & East Regions)

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th June – Brampton BC, Huntingdonshire (TBC)

Home Nations Test Event

Wednesday 27th July to Sunday 1st August – Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa

Performance Squad v International Select (South & West Regions)

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th August – Clevedon BC, Somerset (TBC)

Home Nations Invitation

Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th September – Ayr, Scotland (TBC)

Senior International Trials (Men & Women)

Saturday 25th September – Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa

High Performance Squad Day

26th September – Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa

All of the events listed will involve the 16 players that form part of the current High Performance Squad and are in training for the Commonwealth Games. The International Select teams for the events at Brampton BC and Clevedon BC will be selected by the International Team Managers in consultation with Regional Selectors and International Junior Team Managers .

We appreciate, in a congested and much-changed season, that some of the dates may potentially clash with qualifying rounds in county championships.  In the interest of all our international players and all County Associations, we have attempted to avoid any clashes with inter-county events and national finals where possible.  It is important that players and County Associations work together to alleviate clashes wherever possible should they arise.  It is, however, vital to our preparation for Birmingham 2022 that all players in the current High Performance Squad are given every opportunity to participate at all stages of county championships as this will form part of the selection process and we are sure you will wish to support any of your players who are bidding to participate at Birmingham or represent England in future international competitions.

We shall circulate more details regarding all of these events, including any spectator information, when this is available.

Details regarding the Senior International Trials will be circulated to counties no later than Monday 2nd August.


‘BACK TO BOWLS’ RESOURCES FOR YOUR CLUB information from Bowls England

We are keen to ensure that affiliated clubs can reopen safely and responsibly as we look forward to the 2021 season.

We have been working with our development arm, the Bowls Development Alliance, to create a number of resources to support clubs.

A toolkit will also be made available with useful information, ideas, case studies and resources to help clubs return to play safely now that the guidance has been released.

These will be freely available on our website together with a club risk register and Covid-19 safety poster – click here to access the free resources.

Clubs can alternatively access a full catalogue of signage and hygiene products all in one place at our specially developed ‘Back to Bowls’ website.

This offers bespoke bowls products at very competitive prices for our affiliated clubs to ensure they have everything they need to get back open while following our ‘Return to Play’ guidance.

All affiliated clubs will get an additional 10% discount on the advertised prices and items will be delivered direct to your door. An email has been sent to all club contacts with the code to take advantage of this special offer.

The resources have been arranged by Bowls England in partnership with the Bowls Development Alliance, British Crown Green Bowling Association, English Indoor Bowling Association and Disability Bowls England.


Support with fundraising initiatives was identified within our 2020 Club Survey as the number one benefit that we could provide to support clubs and their members.

We are therefore delighted to announce our new partnership with fundraising website easyfundraising which can help your club generate additional income.

It’s completely free and is already being used by lots of bowls clubs up and down the country.

What is easyfundraising and how does it work?
It’s a very simple idea – when anyone connected to your club uses the easyfundraising website or app to shop online, the retailer they shop with sends your club a free donation at no extra cost to the shopper.

Your members won’t need to change where they shop as all their favourite retailers are involved, including Amazon, M&S, Sainsbury’s, eBay, Argos, John Lewis, Boots, Screwfix, Waitrose, Holland & Barratt and 4,300 other retailers.

It’s completely free for both your club and your members to use, and it won’t cost your members anything extra to shop this way as the retailers pay the donations, not the shoppers.

Here’s an example
Ann is a member of her local bowls club. She wants to buy a new kettle from John Lewis. Instead of visiting the John Lewis website, she firstly goes to the easyfundraising website and clicks on the ‘John Lewis’ link.

The easyfundraising website directs her to the John Lewis website where she shops as normal and buys her kettle. But because she started at easyfundraising John Lewis will send her club a free donation at no extra cost to Ann.

The benefits:

  • Free to register and use
  • Easy to set up and requires minimal management
  • Rated 4.6 stars on Trustpilot

Getting started
To get started, you simply need to register your club with easyfundraising and create your club’s fundraising page. It’s very quick to set up and also free.

Once registered, you’ll be assigned a fundraising coach, to support you in spreading the word to your club network and help you raise as much as possible.

Take part in our free informal webinar
On 4th May at 7:30pm, we will be running a webinar with easyfundraising to help you make the most it. To take part, please register your club with easyfundraising first then click here to book a place on the webinar. We look forward to seeing you there!


My club isn’t a charity – can we still use easyfundraising?
Yes – you don’t need to be a charity to use easyfundraising

Will it cost us anything?
No – easyfundraising is completely free to register and use for both you and your supporters. And your supporters will not be charged anything extra on their shopping either.

How do we get our donations?
Providing you have raised over £15, easyfundraising total up all the donations raised by everyone supporting your club every three months and send them to you by bank transfer or cheque. There is no charge for this. If your club hasn’t raised over £15 in the previous three months, the amount simply rolls into the next payment instead.

How does easyfundraising make money?
Like price comparison websites, easyfundraising makes money through affiliate marketing. This means that retailers pay them commission each time a sale is made through their site and they pass at least 50% of this on to your club. The donation rate shown on the website is what’s paid to your club when one of your members buys something from a retailer.