In line with Government advice and the statement issued by Bowls England below, the Bowls Nottinghamshire Executive in conjunction with the Bowls Nottinghamshire League Management Board have taken the decision to cancel all domestic competitions and leagues for the 2020 season. I appreciate this will come as a disappointment, although not unexpected in the current climate, the safety and well being of all members is of the utmost importance for the County. This will obviously raise concerns for all Clubs across the County and Bowls England have offered support, as always, during this uncertain time. Please read the statement below.
BOWLS ENGLAND STATEMENT: CORONAVIRUS Following an Emergency Meeting of Bowls England Board members and key staff held on Tuesday 17th March 2020, and in light of the latest Government advice regarding the Coronavirus (COVID‐19) outbreak, the Board has taken the following decisions regarding the 2020 Outdoor season:
The National Championships are cancelled in their entirety for 2020 (including all County Championship qualifying rounds). This decision has been taken because most County Associations hold their qualifying rounds leading to the National Championships from May to July, and we believe it is impractical for these to be completed this season. cancelling the National Championships with traders, sponsors and suppliers who support the Final Stages, with the hope of minimising the disruption that this will cause to their businesses.
The National Competitions are cancelled in their entirety for 2020. Again, the timing of the earlier rounds of the National Competitions means it is impractical for these to be completed this season. Bowls England will contact all those who have entered in 2020 directly to ask whether they wish to rollover their entry to 2021 (refunds will be available on request).
All Bowls England Trials and Training linked to International Events are cancelled.
Counties Meeting – Saturday 21st November 2020 The above event is subject to review.
Women’s Annual Dinner and Presentation of Prizes – Saturday 21st November 2020 is cancelled
Men’s Annual Dinner and Presentation of Prizes – Saturday 27th February 2021 is cancelled
AGM/Annual Dinner – Saturday 27th February 2021 The above will be held on Saturday 27th February 2021 at Hilton Hotel, Coventry – this will provide an opportunity for all attendees to look forward to the 2021 season.
Bowls England will be providing support and advice to clubs and county associations over the coming weeks to ensure the future of the sport – including plans for a proposed ‘Festival of Bowls’ later in the season. Tony Allcock OBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “Every organisation is currently coming to terms with a global situation that is unprecedented, to which Bowls England is sadly not immune. The National Finals are the conclusion of a long process that starts each year in May, therefore it is not possible for the qualification process to be completed in time throughout our 35 county associations.
“However, bowlers are known to be resilient and have proven in the past that they join together and support each other in the time of need. Now, more than ever, is the time for us all to work together to ensure that our clubs and bowling greens are available when it is deemed safe to resume our much-loved sport. So we would urge our members to commit to their clubs, keep an eye out for their fellow members who may feel isolated and be ready to get back on the greens when Government guidance allows.
“Finally, I wish to thank my staff team for their support at this time in managing this ever-changing situation. We have been inundated with enquiries from our clubs and county associations, and we will ensure that each and every enquiry is responded to in the coming days. However, our priority in the next two days will be ensuring that our staff are able to work from home effectively from next Monday”
The Board agreed that one of the most important areas of work for Bowls England over the coming weeks will be club support. Bowls England plans to provide advice and support on subjects including:
Bowls England office to close with effect from Friday 20th March and all staff (including Coach Bowls employees) to work from home with effect from Monday 23rd March – support for Clubs and County Associations will continue as normal.
Work on the new Bowls England Head Office is put ‘on hold’ until further notice
In support of Clubs at this difficult time, Bowls England will refund the Affiliation Fees paid for 2020 by each playing member. Bowls England will arrange refunds to the county associations, who are mandated to ensure that all monies are then paid to their Member Clubs.
Further information and guidance can be found here: