Posts by Claire Joll

Covid-19 Indoor Bowls Update

  Following the First Minister’s announcements on Friday 31st July, we welcomes the news below. ‘If conditions remain favourable, from 10 August: ‘Swimming pools, indoor fitness studios, gyms, spas and indoor leisure centres will be able to re-open.’ BowlsWales are working collaboratively with the National Governing Bodies to finalise the Indoor Guidelines and intend to distribute as soon as possible. We await the revised Welsh Government’s Coronavirus Regulations together with the Welsh Government’s updated guidance. We ask if clubs can wait until we have released our guidelines before acting upon the above. We encourage clubs to complete the following: Club
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Joint Statement from BowlsWales and National Governing Bodies

Statement-03/08/2020 BowlsWales met with all the National Governing Bodies for bowls on 20th July to agree a way forward for the administration and organisation of the sport in Wales. In a positive meeting it was unanimously agreed to establish a working party with equal representation from Bowls Wales and the National Governing Bodies to explore potential amendments to the Articles of Association for BowlsWales, prior to recruiting for the vacant Director posts at Bowls Wales.
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BowlsWales Statement-Tuesday 14th July 2020

BowlsWales are aware of a recent newsletter issued by a number of our member associations over the weekend and wish to make the following statement in response. Firstly, we wish to condemn in the strongest terms the callous personal attacks on our Directors and, in particular, our former Chair Alun Jones. Alun served BowlsWales with distinction for his three year term of office and also worked tirelessly during his role with the Welsh Bowls Federation (WBF) to make a positive difference to bowls in Wales. To suggest that he stepped down as a result of any actions or pressure by
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BowlsWales update on large gatherings

BowlsWales Covid-19 Update-14th July 2020 Following the First Minister’s announcements on Friday 10th July, BowlsWales welcomes the news below. ‘The Welsh Government is making changes to the regulations to allow larger gatherings of up to 30 people outdoors only where these are organised and supervised by a responsible person for sports and other leisure activities and classes.’ The number of people allowed on each rink is governed by current legislation and restrictions on adhering to social distancing. Outdoor group coaching sessions can now re-start safely whilst following the Welsh Government and Industry guidelines. From Monday 13th July, food and beverage can also
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BowlsWales Newsletter- 09/07/2020

Hello All,  We hope many of you are enjoying being back on the green. This week’s Newsletter brings you a new funding opportunity and a look at the WWBA Charity Challenge. To find out more click here: https://mailchi.mp/07dcd5f3ed40/bowlswalesnewsletter-4485632
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BOWLS CLUBS THROUGHOUT WALES BENEFIT THROUGH SPORT WALES GRANTS

Sport Wales’s Emergency Relief Fund, which has been in place since the start of the lockdown, has come to an end – with a number of Bowls Clubs throughout Wales benefiting from its payouts. The Coronavirus lockdown posed a serious financial risk to many bowls clubs in Wales due to a loss of income while fixed costs still needed to be paid. During this period, Sport Wales received 741 applications from all sports and awarded £618,234 to help safeguard the futures of hundreds of clubs. Bowls clubs received 21% of the total awarded by Sport Wales. BowlsWales is delighted that
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Alun Jones announces his departure as Chair of BowlsWales

BowlsWales has today announced that Alun Jones is stepping down from his role as Chair of BowlsWales and the board, following completion of his three years term of office. Alun was a key member of the Steering Committee that successfully delivered the transition from the Welsh Bowls Federation to the formation of BowlsWales in 2017 and since then has worked tirelessly alongside bowls organisations and individuals throughout the country to promote our sport. Board service is one of the toughest volunteer roles of all, and Alun has undertaken his role with dedication and a clear sense of purpose and it
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BOWLSWALES STATEMENT – MONDAY 1st JUNE

WELSH GOVERNMENT CONFIRMS NO RESUMPTION OF BOWLS IN WALES AT PRESENT BowlsWales asked the Welsh Government over the weekend to confirm the situation regarding the resumption of bowls activities in Wales, given its absence from the weekly statement last Friday afternoon 29 May and the First Minister’s subsequent interview on S4C that evening. The Welsh Government has confirmed today (Monday 1 June) to BowlsWales that the restrictions on a number of outside activities such as bowls have not been lifted and therefore remain in force. Please see the directive below from Welsh Government. “Bowling greens will need to remain closed
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BowlsWales‘ disappointment following Welsh Government latest announcement

BowlsWales‘ disappointment following Welsh Government latest announcement   There was no relaxation of rules governing the area relating to bowls in the First Minister ‘s statement today and BowlsWales shares its disappointment with many bowlers across Wales who were hoping for Lawn Bowls and Crown Green Bowls to be allowed to return to play like our neighbouring countries. Over the last three weeks BowlsWales has been working closely with Sport Wales and Welsh Sports Association to ensure Bowls is ready to return with a Strategy and supporting documents in preparation for the announcement today. BowlsWales will continue its lobby of
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STATEMENT: GREENS MAINTENANCE

STATEMENT: GREENS MAINTENANCE BowlsWales is aware of the importance of maintenance of our greens for the survival of the sport. We have been working in conjunction with the Welsh Sport Association (WSA) over the last month to produce guidance for our clubs, members and Associations regarding ongoing maintenance and what essential work  is permitted to be carried out to ensure a fit for play surface when sport resumes.  This is the advice WSA and BowlsWales received on 08/04/20 from Welsh Government in relation to ground maintenance.  “At this stage of the pandemic the Welsh Government’s position is to slow the spread of the virus and our designation of key workers remains as set out on our website. However, regulations in force in Wales do allow workers to travel to their normal
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