Hello again,

Thank you for your feedback this week. We’ve a shorter note today.

The Welsh Sports Association (WSA), the support organisation for major sports in Wales, are keen to hear from the Bowls Community on how the current situation is affecting Clubs and individuals now and in the short, medium and long term.

To this end WSA have drawn up a questionnaire, which they have distributed to all major sports in Wales in order to gain an overview of the impact of the current situation.

BowlsWales will distribute this to all Member Associations – Lawn, Indoors, Crown Green, Short Mat – about how the current situation is affecting your club now and probably in the future.

WSA Chief Executive Victoria Ward stated:

‘We are fully committed to supporting you as best we can through these incredibly difficult times.  We will continue to provide you with the regular updates we have been sending this week, as frequently as we need to, ensure you are kept up to date with developments that affect your organisation.

We are working closely with Sport Wales to look at how best we can support sport’s needs right now. We would be grateful if you could respond to the questions below, so that we can collate the information and raise the key concerns with Sport Wales, and in particular, Brian Davies, CEO at Sport Wales, directly.

When responding to the questions below, if you are a governing body of a sport or any other type of membership organisation, we would be grateful if you could also respond in respect of the impact this will have on your member clubs / organisations’


  1. What impact has the virus had on your organisation to date?
  2. What do you forecast the impact to be in 3 months ?
  3. What do you forecast the impact to be in 6 months ?

Support required to minimise impact

  1. What are you currently doing to mitigate the risks to your organisation?
  2. What financial support do you require?

(this may include advanced payment of grants, flexibility to use grants in a different way, hardship funds to cover a short fall in school holiday programme income etc.)

  1. What other support to you require?

(this may include sign posting to advice on helping self-employed coaches, information on Universal Credits, advice on claiming rate relief, support on refining contingency plans, legal advice re commercial contracts or employment law)

Questions to Sport Wales

Sport Wales are keen to ensure they can answer as many of your questions as possible.  Please list any questions you would like to ask Sport Wales.  We will collate these, speak with Sport Wales and produce FAQ’s based on the responses.

All the National Governing Bodies for bowls in Wales are encouraged to participate in this and canvass their member clubs, but we are still keen to hear your thoughts and concerns, too.

While they can’t promise to solve problems immediately, if we can group together your main concerns, it will help point them in the right direction to present them to the relevant national bodies and organisations who may be able to advise or assist your club.

Our address is enquiries@bowlswales.com

Meanwhile, Sport Wales are still encouraging clubs to apply for grants… full details are here:


In other news today:

Welsh Government

Simple steps to help your pharmacy help you


The Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Wales today (Thursday 19th March) set out five simple steps everyone can take to get the right support from their community pharmacy during the coronavirus outbreak.


Ministers announce new £1.4bn business support package


Finance Minister Rebecca Evans and the Minister for Economy, Ken Skates have announced a new £1.4bn business support package to help businesses across Wales.


Letter from WG Economy Minister https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKWALES/bulletins/2821677

The Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales, Ken Skates has issued a letter to reassure businesses in light of the recent cases of Coronavirus.

We hope your weekend is as good as it can be in these times – we’ll be back next week.

The BowlsWales Team