MEMBERSHIP, NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AND NATIONAL COMPETITIONS 2021

Enter now for your chance to play at the ‘Wembley of Bowls’!

With the summer season now coming to a close, it’s time to look ahead positively to 2021 with entries for our national competitions now open.
Our competitions are open to players of all abilities and we offer a range of events designed to meet your individual requirements.
Playing in bowls competitions with your partner provides memorable shared experiences. We have extended the eligibility criteria for the Family Pairs to enable those related by marriage – Husband and Wife/Civil Partnership – to participate together next season.
In addition any clubs that had the opportunity to organise a Club Singles Championship this year will be permitted to enter their club champion into the Champion of Champions Singles, in addition to their 2019 champions who will also be eligible to participate in 2021.
Steve Wade, the inaugural winner of the Family Pairs competition in 2012, said: “The Family Pairs offers a great opportunity for bowlers to spend some vital family time with their loved ones, and enables them to create some special memories on the green. Winning the Family Pairs with my Dad was not only a proud moment for us, but a moment that we were able to share with the whole family.”
Jon Cockcroft, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “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. However, we are also aware that many participants enjoy the challenge of competition – so whether you be a regular competitor or new to our sport we have plenty of opportunities for you to get involved. We particularly welcome entries from those who may not have entered one of our competitions before, as this is your chance to improve your game, take on one of our elite athletes and perhaps win a place in the National Finals at Royal Leamington Spa, which will host the Commonwealth Games Lawn Bowls event in 2022.”
Entries are now being accepted for the following events:
· Senior Singles (Men and Women)
· Senior Pairs (Men and Women)
· Champion of Champions Singles (Men and Women)
· Top Club (Men and Women)
· Club Two Fours (Men)
· Tony Allcock Trophy (Mixed Over 60’s Double Rink)
· Family Pairs
· Mixed Pairs
· Mixed Fours
We are encouraging all entrants to manage their entry though our online Competitions Portal atwww.bowlsenglandcomps.com, where registration can be processed within minutes.
Once registered, you will be able to select the events that you wish to enter and proceed to the secure payment. All entrants will receive a confirmation e-mail, and will be able to view all events entered within the ‘My Account’ area at the top of the page. The e-mail address provided will be used to communicate draw information during the playing season and enable you to enter results immediately at the conclusion of each match.
The deadline for entries to be received is 1st March 2021.
We are always happy to guide any members through the entry process if they require further assistance.
Please call Lee Rowland on 07340 887687 or email: comps@bowlsengland.com
 
Matt Wordingham
Publications / Media Officer

 

STATEMENT: MEMBERSHIP, NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AND NATIONAL COMPETITIONS 2021
Covid-19 has presented an unprecedented challenge for us all.
As we enter what would have been the first week of the National Championships, it is a reminder that the past few months has seen us working with our clubs in a very different way. As competitions and events have not taken place, we switched to providing information and guidance as the sport returns to the green.
This week will see the launch of our recruitment campaign, Let’s Roll, with discussions already underway for a nationwide marketing initiative at the start of the 2021 season. Over the coming months, and embedded in our strategy development work, we will be exploring ways to enhance club services, reduce administration and support volunteers.
Bowls England has continued to provide a positive service to our clubs and county associations despite having refunded all affiliation fees, resulting in a significant projected loss. Coupled with the substantial government support to our clubs, we hope that this will have gone a long way to reducing the negative effects of Covid-19 on our sport.
As we look forward to next season, and hopefully a return to some form of normality, we have been balancing the importance of receiving affiliation revenues in order for us to function as a governing body with an understanding of the challenges that our clubs face.
Following consultation with 12 counties, it confirmed to us that it may be challenging for clubs to provide relevant membership information on 30th September this year. Therefore, at its meeting on 29th July, the Bowls England Board agreed to revise the affiliation date to 1st May annually. This will enable clubs to prepare their return based on the number of members that have signed up for the forthcoming season and ensure that we all have a better understanding of the membership within our clubs.
The Board also agreed to amend the Regulations for National Championships and National Competitions to provide players with greater flexibility and confidence when entering our competitive events.
The key decisions are summarised below:
Membership
1. No affiliation fees to be collected on 1st October 2020
2. Affiliation fees and list of all bowling members (name and gender only) to be returned by clubs to County Associations not later than 1st May annually
3. County Associations to return affiliation fees and list of all bowling members to Bowls England not later than 31st May annually
4. Details of key Club Officials (including contact details) to be returned to Bowls England by 1st February annually
National Championships
1. The date for return by County Associations to Bowls England of entrant numbers and fees be 1st March annually (County Associations may choose to retain the current 1st February deadline subject to their own internal requirements and arrangements)
2. County Associations to accept entries from any individual that will be a member of a club affiliated to Bowls England on 1st May annually
3. County Associations to deal with ‘rollover’ for 2021 season according to local agreement
National Competitions
1. The closing date for National Competitions be amended to 1st March annually – with no deadline extension
2. Bowls England to accept entries from any individual that will be a member of a club affiliated to Bowls England on 1st May annually
As a condition of entry in National Championships and National Competitions, all entrants must give contact information in accordance with current ‘Test and Trace’ requirements, with the choice to ‘opt in’ for Bowls England communications.
All entrants must be informed, at point of entry, that should the National Championships and/or National Competitions not take place in 2021 due to Covid-19 a full refund will be offered.
We are working through further detail, which will be made available week commencing 31st August, however we anticipate that this early notification of the key decisions will enable clubs and county associations to plan accordingly for the 2021 season.

Latest information from BE.   Please note changes on usage of greens and the clubhouse.   For Singles and Pairs play all rinks may now be used.

This document supersedes any previous issued document.
Please note that:
a)    It is no longer compulsory for the mat to be placed and left in the same position - as I have noticed some club are still doing, but one person should preferably place the mat - in a position where the lead - of either side - wishes it to be.
b)    I have also noticed that certain clubs have adopted a very sensible system of using two jack on a rink.  The lead on each side has their own jack which only they use and deliver when they win the end.   The other lead keeps hold of his jack until his side wins the end and then he uses that jack!!   This means only one person ever touches their jack and there is no possibility of contamination of the jack!
c)    I have also noticed that some people are picking up the jack and giving to the lead - touching the jack should be avoided by all other than the lead - wherever possible.  
d)    Pushers and scoreboards are not considered essential equipment but may be used if necessary.  Where used, touching of these items should be restricted to one person only!

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