Bowls England Select Provisional Team England Squads for Birmingham 2022

Bowls England has today announced its preliminary shortlist of athletes that will go for gold at the home Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games as part of Team England.  The group will be meeting at Loughborough University this weekend to begin their preparations for what promises to be an incredibly exciting period for the sport.

The squad includes three-time Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist Ellen Falkner and a return to the elite level for fellow Commonwealth Games Gold Medallists Natalie Chestney and Amy Gowshall.

Ed Morris, the men’s national singles champion, has been called up to the elite squad for the first time together with women’s national singles champion Jamie Lea-Winch, who secured medals at the Games in 2010 and 2014, but narrowly missed out on selection for 2018.

The shortlist for the men’s team also includes the current World Triples Champions Jamie Walker, Andrew Knapper and Robert Paxton plus Commonwealth Games medallists Sam Tolchard and Jamie Chestney.

Ten para-athletes will also be included on the inclusive High Performance Programme. These will be announced following discussion with Disability Bowls England who is responsible for organising the initial selection process.

The preparation programme will be led by Commonwealth silver medallist John Mc Guinness who was appointed High Performance Director in February 2019 and will be responsible for managing all aspects of the performance plan. He will be supported by Mo Monkton and Kirk Smith, who will be overseeing the women’s and men’s squads respectively.

Mc Guinness said: “With 11 medals to play for across the men’s, women’s and Para Bowls events, we are fully committed to playing our part in Team England’s success. The focus for the next 12 months will be on assessing individual technical and tactical abilities, while also assessing playing unit compatibility and team cohesion.

“We are delighted that we can engage with specialists in both physiology and psychology to plan and implement a sports science programme that will serve all athletes involved in the High Performance Squad, which will build the foundations for future success.”

The home Commonwealth Games provide Bowls England with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to showcase the sport.  As part of the governing body’s strategy development, it is exploring how Birmingham 2022 will be a catalyst to generate greater visibility for the sport, inspire people of all ages and abilities to try bowls and be a spring board for more people spectating at the top matches.

Jon Cockcroft, Bowls England Chief Executive, added: “The Commonwealth Games is the pinnacle event for Lawn Bowls and a home Games is a tremendous opportunity for the sport and its athletes. We are ambitious in our desire to maximize home advantage by making best use of the resources available in support of our athletes, whilst creating the foundations of a performance infrastructure and culture for the future. We will also be seeking to use the brand platform to inspire thousands to take up our inclusive, accessible sport.”

The High Performance Squad is:


Nick Brett (Brampton BC, Huntingdonshire)

Jamie Chestney (Culm Vale BC, Devon)

Andrew Knapper (Tilehurst BC, Berkshire)

Edward Morris (Essex County BC, Essex)

Robert Paxton (Crediton BC, Devon)

Louis Ridout (Kings BC, Devon)

Sam Tolchard (Kings BC, Devon)

Jamie Walker (Northampton West End BC, Northamptonshire)



Natalie Chestney (Kings BC, Devon)

Ellen Falkner (Littleport BC, Cambridgeshire)

Amy Gowshall (Cleethorpes BC, Lincolnshire)

Sian Honnor (Appleyard BC, Kent)

Lorraine Kuhler (Oxford City & County BC, Oxfordshire)

Katherine Rednall (Norfolk BC, Norfolk)

Sophie Tolchard (Kings BC, Devon)

Jamie-Lea Winch (Kingscroft BC, Leicestershire)


The final Team England bowls squad for Birmingham 2022 is expected to be announced late in 2021.



Covid-19: Updated Guidance 18th September

The Latest Bowls England Guidance with two links at the bottom of the email.

We are pleased to issue the latest update to our guidance following receipt of additional information for the sport sector (updated 15th September 2020).

We would particularly highlight the following revisions (full detail may be found within the relevant sections of the attached documents):

  • Use of rinks and format of play
  • Gatherings
  • Social activities/Spectators
  • Short Mat Bowls
  • Committee Meetings/AGMs

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.

With the end of the current summer season fast approaching, it’s time to look ahead positively to 2021. The past few weeks have proved that there is little doubt in the appetite for people to enjoy our sport in a social and informal manner, which is complimentary to work and family life. Through national support and communications, and by empowering existing club volunteers and players, we can encourage new people to come along to our clubs, take part and be active.

Our research shows that over 20 per cent of bowlers begin playing off the back of club open days. With this insight, and following the success of our Let’s Roll marketing initiative, plans are already underway for a national recruitment initiative ear-marked for the Spring Bank Holiday of the 2021 season.



David Bryant Funeral Service – Live Streaming (Friday 11th September)

The funeral of David Bryant will take place tomorrow, Friday 11th September at 2.30pm.

The service is to be streamed live and will be available to view at:

A reminder that a ‘drive by’ will take place prior to the funeral in Clevedon, Somerset, to ensure that people are able to pay their respects, whilst observing current social distancing guidelines.

The funeral cortège will leave the Clevedon seafront at 2pm heading towards the Promenade, before heading towards the Pier (approx. 2.10pm) and then reaching Clevedon Bowls Club at around 2.20pm.

A tribute to David will appear tomorrow (Friday 11th) on the BBC Radio Four programme, The Last Word. The programme starts at 4pm, and the DJB section is expected to be broadcast at around 4.20pm. A further tribute is expected to be shown on the local news programme, BBC Points West, at 6.30pm on Friday 11th September. We shall also be sharing a number of video tributes on our Facebook channel over the next 24 hours received from well-known figures within the bowls community.

BOWLS ENGLAND STATEMENT: Covid-19 update following clarification from Government

Further to yesterday’s statement, we are delighted to confirm that our clubs can continue to offer organised bowling activity in a Covid-safe manner.

Sport England has announced, following clarification from Government, that people can continue to take part in organised outdoor sports when restrictions on social gatherings are introduced from Monday 14th September.

With the end of the season fast-approaching for the majority of our clubs, we trust players will continue to enjoy our sport in a socially-distant manner, particularly if wishing to play fours at this time.

We also encourage clubs to take this final opportunity to introduce new people to our sport through our ‘Let’s Roll’ initiative, which has already seen nearly 1,000 individuals sign up for a free trial session at their local club, and the Great British Week of Sport (Saturday 19th September to Sunday 27th September).

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In light of the clarification received, our guidance issued on 31st July 2020 remains unchanged.

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BOWLS ENGLAND STATEMENT: Covid-19 – Government restrictions on gatherings

The Government announced last night that social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England from Monday (14th September).  The change will ban larger groups meeting anywhere socially indoors or outdoors but includes some exemptions including for organised sports.

We are seeking clarification from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport on what this means for our sport, and will issue an update once this is received.

The current DCMS guidance (updated 19th August 2020) and our own guidance (issued 31st July 2020) should be followed until Monday 14th September.

We kindly request that all members await our further update at this time and continue to stay alert and stay safe.




Bowlers across the world are being invited to raise a toast to celebrate the life of David J. Bryant CBE, widely regarded as the world’s greatest bowler, who recently passed away at the age of 88.

David’s funeral will be held in Clevedon on Friday 11th September at 2.30pm but due to current restrictions on numbers, only close family members and invited friends will be able to attend.

David Tucker, Bowls England Board Chair, said: “Tributes to David have been flooding in from far and wide since his recent passing. In order to celebrate David’s life, bowlers from all over the world who are unable to attend are asked to please raise a glass in a toast to David on Friday 11th September at 2.30pm local time – the time of David’s funeral. We hope that the toast will travel all around the world, and the life of David will be celebrated for 24 hours.”

A ‘drive by’ will take place prior to the funeral in Clevedon, Somerset, to ensure that people are able to pay their respects, whilst observing current social distancing guidelines.

The funeral cortège will leave the Clevedon seafront at 2pm heading towards the Promenade, before heading towards the Pier (approx. 2.10pm) and then reaching Clevedon Bowls Club at around 2.20pm.

Bowls England Official Podcst ‘THE EXTRA END’ | EPISODE 9 – ALLAN THORNHILL

International Technical Official Allan Thornhill has travelled all over the world, officiating at many World Championships and Commonwealth Games. Allan is the next guest on ‘The Extra End’ and discusses his experiences in the sport with Bowls International Editor Sian Honnor.

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