Bowls England Update 28th Feb 2021
An update following the new Government Guidance regarding lockdown.
Bowls England Update 20210301.pdf
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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.”


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


Matt Wordingham

Content Officer

Bowls England Newletters.

Update from BE re Nationals
Update from BE with information regarding what happening to the 2021 BE National Competitions. Includes dates.
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Further guidance information from Bowls England. Contains a risk assessment template and information regarding opening.
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Bowls England Message to Counties regarding Affiliation. 6th Aug 2020
BE message regarding the way Clubs will do affiliation and National Entries with the changing of dates.
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Bowls England Supplementry Guidance 31st July 2020
Further guidance information from Bowls England.
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.

This is applicable from Saturday 1st August and replaces all other guidance that we have issued.
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Bowls England Clubhouse opening update
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Bowls England Clubhouse opening
Guidance from Bowls England.
A link to the Bowls England Guidance at
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20200602 Bowls England Clarification.
Confirmation of what is in the documentation.
20200602 Bowls England Clarification.doc
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2nd June 2020 Bowls England Questions and Answers.
Latest FAQ Question and Answers from Bowls England.
Succeeds the previous versions.
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2nd June 2020 Bowls England updated Covid Guidance.
Latest news from BE regarding Covid and use of club facilities.
Succeeds the previous version.
20200602 BE Covid Guidance.pdf
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A Risk assesment document for the use of Clubs 21st May 2020
A risk assessment document provided bu Bowls England for the use of clubs who are considering the easing of the lock down at their respective bowling clubs following the Government guidance.
20200521 BE Covid Risk Assesment Final.p[...]
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A Bowls England set of FAQs regarding the easing of the lockdown 21st May 2020
Bowls England document with some of the FAQs it has received in regards to the new Government guidance.
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Bowls England Guidance approved by DCMS
A detailed set of Guidance from Bowls England approved by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in regards to the easing of lockdown.
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Bowls England Latest Update re COVID 19

The Government (DCMS) published its full guidance on the return of outdoor sport and recreation, including lawn bowls, last night.

Our bowls-specific guidance has been approved this afternoon by DCMS and is attached for your information.

Should you wish to view the Government guidance in detail, please go to:

If you have any questions, please e-mail:

We are here to help and we will endeavour to respond within three working days.


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