Posts by Claire Joll

The National Governing Bodies and BowlsWales Launch a National Campaign

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit communities across Wales hard and as a result, sport in the community has never been more important. The National Governing Body Development and Communication Group have developed a National Campaign aimed to help clubs retain and attract interest in the club during the pandemic and in the aftermath. BOWLS AWARENESS CAMPAIGN is a month-long campaign which will take place between the 14th June-14th July. The aim of the National initiative is to showcase and celebrate existing engagement with the bowls community and to promote new and exciting opportunities to help attract new members. The National
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Covid Guidance Update For Lawn Bowls

BowlsWales, WBA and WWBA have been working together over the recent months to ensure guidelines and information to clubs are compliant with any Welsh Government regulations. Return to play guidelines for clubs will be released next week and can be found on BowlsWales and WBA & WWBA websites. These guidelines will be in accordance with the anticipated Welsh Government announcement on 23/04 permitting outdoor organised activity of up to 30 people to take place from Monday 26th April. Key information for clubs is as follows; Travel should be minimised but any travel taken is at a club’s/person’s own risk. Travelling
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Innovation Fund

In recognition of the effect that COVID-19 has brought on the sport and leisure sector, the Welsh Government has provided additional funding to support the sector in its greatest need. The fund is intended to provide essential support to sports clubs and organisations, independent providers and sporting events who have all faced significant challenges during the crisis and continue to be severely impacted. In order to provide the widest possible opportunity to maximise the benefits from this additional funding, BowlsWales have decided to allocate the fund in three ways: £5,000 to fund BowlsWales Projects (which can deliver opportunities for all codes)
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COVID-19 easing of restrictions brought forward

BowlsWales and the National Governing Bodies (WBA, WWBA, WIBA, WLIBA, WCGBA, WSMBA) welcome the Welsh Government’s movement to bring forward the easing of restrictions and that in doing so they have sought to prioritise sport and exercise. The Welsh Government have issued a written statement, and due to the improving coronavirus situation in Wales dates for the return of sport have been brought forward. Outdoor Group activity for up to 30 adults can restart from the 26 April, where it had previously been the 3 May. Indoor sporting facilities, including gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools will be able to reopen
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Welsh Government announcement- 26th March

BowlsWales, WBA, WWBA and WCGBA welcome the Welsh Government’s announcement that Organised outdoor children’s activities can resume. This will allow any person under 18 years old to take part in organised outdoor activity. The number of people who can meet outdoors is now a maximum of 6 people from 2 different households. You will find Club guidelines on BowlsWales and NGB websites. In addition, the following areas will be considered as part of the 22 April review, if the public health situation continues to remain positive and vaccination rates continue to increase: Gyms, leisure and fitness facilities Outdoor attractions Outdoor
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Welsh Government announcement, 12th March- Reopening of Outdoor venues

BowlsWales and the National Governing Bodies (WBA & WWBA & WCGBA) welcome the news from the Welsh Government announcement today for the reopening of outdoor venues. Outdoor bowls clubs can reopen from Saturday 13th March, ensuring that there are no more than 4 adults from 2 household’s taking part and that all other government guidelines are being strictly followed. Further specific guidance for both Lawn Bowls and Crown Green will be released in the coming days via the BowlsWales and Welsh Bowls websites. In the meantime, if you have any questions or need any support, please contact; Sophie Hancocks (BowlsWales)
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BowlsWales Announcement

Michael Kent has resigned his position on the BowlsWales Board. As a group we are sad to see Michael leave but we would like to thank him for his contributions to bowls and wish him well in the future.
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Return to Play

  Following the First Ministers announcement on Friday 19th February, there were no change in restrictions to allow for Bowls clubs to reopen. Wales remain in level 4 with the message ‘stay at home’. The next review will take place on 12th March. The WBA & WWBA are working together with BowlsWales to finalise return to play guidelines in preparation for clubs to return when it is safe to do. This will be communicated to all clubs to ensure appropriate preparation before reopening. We are all in regular contact with Sport Wales, WSA and Commonwealth Games Wales regarding return to
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BowlsWales Strategy Update

BowlsWales are excited to announce that work to develop a strategy for bowls in Wales will begin imminently. The work will be carried out by a working group with representatives from each of the Member National Governing Bodies (NGB’s) and BowlsWales Board Directors and staff. An independent consultant will facilitate the group as recommended by the Welsh Sport Association. The strategy will seek to develop a shared approach to promoting and supporting the game (in all its codes), and to developing players from grass roots through to elite level competition. It will seek innovative ways to increase the profile of
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BowlsWales Announcement

Following a Board Meeting last night, BowlsWales has announced that Interim Chair of BowlsWales, Ken Burton has retired today from the BowlsWales Board. Ken had been involved at BowlsWales from the very start, from the Steering Committee to the formation of the body in 2017, and since then had played a prominent role in promoting bowls throughout the country, working tirelessly with the National Governing Bodies. We hope Ken can look back on his time with BowlsWales with fond memories. We would like to thank him for his contribution and commitment to BowlsWales and wish him and his family all
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