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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.

Bowls England National Competitions now available to view on their website

We are delighted to confirm that the draws for the 2021 National Competitions are now available to view on our dedicated competitions portal.


An automated notification email has been sent to all named entrants earlier this afternoon, advising of their opposition for the opening matches in each competition. If you have not received your notification email, please check your junk/spam boxes. The draws for the Men’s Champion of Champions and Tony Allcock Trophy competitions will follow in due course.


Additional Information:


We have prepared a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document to help answer some of the questions that you may have. If you have any questions regarding the competitions that are not answered in the FAQ document, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required


Get kitted out in style
Our clothing partner, Aceit Sportswear, are offering a great offer for all competitors. Head over to the Aceit Sportswear website, where you can get 10% off when spending £50 or more.


Simply use the code GETONTHEGREENS during the checkout procedure to take advantage of this offer – it is valid until 24th April 2021.


Join the Bowls England team
With a new strategy, new leadership and renewed purpose, this is a great time to join our Bowls England team. The effects of Covid-19 meant 2020 was a challenging year, yet it provided a platform for reflection and innovation. Over the last six months we have completed a comprehensive programme of research and our ambitious, new strategy will tackle the challenges our sport faces and take advantage of the huge opportunities we have identified.


We are currently recruiting for the following positions:


  • Clubs and Participation Officer
    Closing date: Monday 12th April
  • People and Governance Officer
    Closing date: Monday 12th April
  • Finance Manager (Part-time)
    Closing date: Monday 26th April


Full job descriptions and additional information regarding these opportunities can be found on the Bowls England website.


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Bowls England – Return to Play (Step 2)

The information below was released today from Bowls England (Friday 9th April) for the full guidance click on the link at the end.

The key changes for our sport at Step 2 are:

  • Outdoor hospitality can open in accordance with the government guidance on hospitality settings
  • Changing rooms can be opened, but participants should be encouraged to avoid or minimise use where possible. Participants should socially distance whilst in changing rooms. Subject to available space, more than one household can use changing facilities at one time but they must not mix and must adhere to capacity limits set by the club. Face coverings should be worn at all times when indoors
  • Travel should be minimised but can take place for the purpose of sport and physical activity. Car sharing, however, is not permitted
  • Spectators are only allowed on public land, where they must adhere to social gathering limits either in groups of six or two households
  • Further flexibility has been provided with regard to playing formats and arrangements

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Lawn bowls as an outdoor sport may resume from Monday 29th March (Step 1), as part of the government’s roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions in England.

The return of sport and physical activity is vital to the physical and mental health of the nation, and we know our sport has a big role to play in providing an opportunity for outdoor activity as the lockdown restrictions ease.

The guidance we have developed below for our affiliated clubs supplements the Government guidance by covering situations specific to the sport of lawn bowls:

Earlier this week we shared share with you in full our revised domestic competitions programme for 2021, offering our competitive bowlers the opportunity to compete in a Covid-friendly manner.

To provide additional support to enable affiliated clubs open safely, we are working in collaboration with the Bowls Development Alliance (BDA), British Crown Green Bowling Association and Disability Bowls England to develop resources for affiliated clubs under the banner ‘Back to Bowls’.

Bowls’ Big Weekend, taking place over the Spring Bank Holiday of the 2021 season (Friday 28th to Monday 31st May), is our national initiative offering clubs the opportunity to promote our welcoming and socially-distanced sport and attract new members. To ensure that you are the first to receive notification when new material is available, sign-up here.

If your club is not affiliated to Bowls England, please email us at email hidden; JavaScript is required and we can take you through the affiliation process, including connecting you with your County Association. The Club Services section on our website explores all of the benefits and explains how our clubs can make the most of affiliation.

We can’t wait to see you all back on the green!


Whilst 2021 will look a little different, the feedback we have received since we shared our outline plans with counties, clubs and players has been understanding and positive. There is a recognition that we have to adapt and our conversations have confirmed that we share a common goal – getting the maximum number of people participating and competing in a Covid-friendly manner. We will review the experience of competitive bowlers over the summer in any future planning.

Our work in developing the revised domestic competitions programme for 2021 took into account the following key factors:

• Covid guidelines
• Government roadmap
• Player and official safety

We also wished to ensure the greatest possible flexibility for counties and Bowls England to:

• Respond to changes (or delays) to the roadmap
• Enable additional rounds to be played in a single day if necessary

The national finals will run from Thursday 19th August to Sunday 5th September inclusive. The change for 2021 will provide additional time for the county/area qualification rounds to be completed and provide flexibility should there be any delay in the relaxation of restrictions.

The Commonwealth Games format will be utilised in all rounds of all events excluding inter-county fixtures. This will provide greater flexibility for match arrangements in the qualifying stages and enable the national finals to take place over a shorter period.

We thank all counties who provided feedback regarding the inter-county events, which whilst varied proved that there was appetite to host the events in 2021. We have developed a programme that includes provision for all inter-county competitions to be held later in the season on a knockout basis, with all rounds over the traditional 21-end format.

We are now pleased to share with you in full our plans for the 2021 domestic competitions programme:

• Summary of Events
• National Finals – Daily Schedule
• National Championship Qualifiers by County
• National Competitions – Play-by dates
• Inter-County Events – Planned Programme

We have prepared a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document to help answer some of the questions that you may have.

Should you have any other questions that are not covered within, please e-mail: email hidden; JavaScript is required