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New Bowls England website goes live

The new-look Bowls England website is now live – packed with a host of new features to meet the needs of bowlers, clubs and county associations.

All affiliated clubs and counties now have the opportunity to update their information, post a short profile and submit details of their own events for inclusion within the national events calendar.

The new site also includes an interactive club search, which is linked to a postcode driven mapping service to assist potential new members and visiting players to find clubs easily.

A further improvement is the inclusion of a number of online forms, for example to give players in Bowls England National Competitions the option of submitting results electronically and clubs the opportunity to apply for a tournament licence via the website.

Tony Allcock MBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “Supporting individual bowlers, clubs and counties is our top priority, and we have invested significant officer time and resources in developing this new website on behalf of our members. We will continue to work hard to ensure that information on the site is updated in a timely and efficient manner, and also to further improve our communication through other modern media channels including Facebook and Twitter to meet the needs of modern society as effectively as we are able to.”

The new Bowls England website can be viewed at:

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Development Team set for international series

Bowls England is delighted to announce that it will select two teams to participate in the Women’s Junior International Series to be held at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July.

In addition to the Junior International Team, an extra 16 players and two reserves will be selected to form the Bowls England Development Team following the trial to be held at Norgren BC in Warwickshire on Saturday 18th May.

The Bowls England Development Team will take the place of Ireland in the series, who recently informed the British Isles Women’s Bowls Council (BIWBC) that they would not be able to participate in 2013.

Those selected for the Bowls England Development Team will also be included in the Junior International Squad Training Day to be held on in Royal Leamington Spa on Sunday 7th July.

Tony Allcock MBE, Chief Executive of Bowls England, said: “It is unfortunate that Ireland is unable to participate in the event this year but we are hopeful they will return to the fold in 2014. However, we are delighted that the BIWBC has invited England, as hosts, to provide an additional team as it will give many more of our younger women bowlers the opportunity to gain valuable experience of international bowls and further develop their game. This means there will be even more to play for in the trial, and I am sure that the series itself, with a total of 36 England players involved, will be a memorable occasion for players and spectators.”

The proposal was supported by the Board of Bowls England at its meeting held on 2nd April.

Subsidised greenkeeping course available

Places are now available on the latest Bowling Green Foundation Greenkeeping courses organised by the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) - and Bowls England is pleased to offer financial support to help members of affiliated clubs to attend.

The course will be held at Attenborough BC in Nottinghamshire on Tuesday 17th September. It is recommended there is at least one person in every club with this basic knowledge.

Prices for the course are £114 (including VAT) for IOG members or £228 (including VAT) for non-IOG members, but Bowls England through the Greens Maintenance Scheme will provide a subsidy of £57 for one member of each club that wishes to attend.

Tony Allcock MBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: "We all appreciate that a good quality playing surface is key to our sport. The courses offered by the Institute of Groundmanship help green keepers at all levels to develop their skills and we are pleased to be able to offer a subsidy to members who wish to attend."

For more details on future courses please contact the IOG on 01908 312511 or go to:

To request assistance with course costs from the Bowls England Greens Maintenance Scheme, please contact Arnold Goad on 01926 612280.

Review of the Laws of the Sport

The last full review of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls by World Bowls took place over a two-year period, resulting in the publication of the Crystal Mark Second Edition in 2010.

The Board of World Bowls agreed at that time there was no need for a full review for a period of 10 years but that, in the interim, should any proposed changes thought to be necessary, they would nevertheless be implemented and Member National Authorities (including Bowls England) be advised accordingly. It was further agreed that to prevent the need to reprint the laws, any changes would be recorded by way of an addendum to the existing Laws.

In accordance with this decision the Board of World Bowls now wishes to give each country the opportunity to submit proposals for consideration by the Laws Committee.

As part of the consultation process Bowls England is inviting all members to submit any ideas with regard to the Laws of the Sport (Crystal Mark Second Edition).

Suggestions must be made in the following manner:

Clubs/Individual members: Please send your suggestions/comments to your County Association, which will collate and forward responses to Bowls England. Please note that Bowls England will not be able to accept suggestions that do not come via the relevant county association.

Umpires: Please send your suggestions/comments to the English Bowls Umpires Association, which will collate and forward responses to Bowls England.

The deadline for County Associations and the English Bowls Umpire Association to respond to Bowls England is Friday 26th July, and therefore respondents are recommended to send any views to their relevant body not later than Friday 5th July.

The relevant Bowls England Committee will consider all suggestions before endorsing and submitting them to World Bowls ahead of its deadline that is 30th September 2013.

The Board of World Bowls intends that any agreed proposals be voted upon at the Council Meeting to be held during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Job vacancy: Assistant Administrator Competitions

Bowls England, the National Governing Body for Outdoor Flat Green Bowls, is seeking an Assistant Administrator to be based in its new headquarters in Royal Leamington Spa.

You will be responsible for the smooth-running of all National Competitions organised by Bowls England.

You will also provide assistance as required during the Bowls England National Championships, which will be held in their entirety in Royal Leamington Spa from the summer of 2014.

You will work well under pressure to meet tight deadlines, have the ability to multi-task and the flexibility required to work in an ever-evolving environment. 

Hours of work are Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm with one hour for lunch each day.

Employees receive 20 days paid annual leave plus Public Holidays.

Please note due to the nature of the business occasional evening and weekend work may be required, for which time off in lieu will be agreed.

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For an informal discussion regarding the role please contact Alistair Hollis, Development Officer, on 07765 050408 or e-mail:

Yakult named as official competition sponsor

Bowls England is delighted to announce that Yakult will be the new official sponsor of its two major national team competitions for young bowlers: The Amy Rose Bowl at Royal Leamington Spa and the White Rose Trophy in Worthing.

Andrew Nash, Sales and Marketing Director for Yakult said: "As part of Yakult's ongoing commitment to cultural, community and sporting projects worldwide, we are very happy to announce our support of Bowls England. It has been said that bowls is a game that takes just seconds to learn - but to play consistently well demands determination, concentration and practice - so we would like to wish England's young bowlers the very best of luck in these two national competitions."

The Amy Rose Bowl is one of the highlights of the Women's National Championships in Royal Leamington Spa. Inter-county teams compete over three consecutive days with the final scheduled for Sunday 4th August.

The White Rose Trophy is held during the Men's National Championships and sees each county participating in regional heats prior to the Championships in a bid to reach the semi-finals and finals that are scheduled for Saturday 10th August.

In 2012 Devon, who have a strong tradition of producing excellent young bowlers, were the winners of both events.

This exclusive agreement with Yakult will give players and spectators at both championships the opportunity to meet the friendly Yakult team, ask questions and sample a free bottle of Yakult each day.

Tony Allcock MBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, added: "We are delighted to welcome Yakult as official sponsors of Bowls England and wish to thank them for their support."

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Update on coaching

A meeting was held yesterday at the Bowls England offices in Royal Leamington Spa with representatives from Bowls England County Associations, English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd Clubs, the Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) Coaching Steering Group and County Co-ordinators group, BDA Board members and staff and one observer from the English Bowls Coaching Society.

In total there were in excess of 30 people who all took part in an open discussion about the way forward for coaching.

It was agreed by all those present that one registration scheme was needed and that an agreement should be reached between all parties by September 2013 if possible, but no later than April 2014.

It was proposed and seconded that a meeting be held between the BDA and EBCS Committee within the next four weeks to begin negotiations.

The BDA agreed to provide dates to the EBCS within the next few days.

VIBE Medals 'sold-out'

Bowls England wishes to thank all clubs, counties and individuals who have sponsored a medal ahead of the World Blind Bowls Championships to be held in Beach House Park, Worthing, from 6th to 19th July.

All required medals have now been sponsored.

Donations from clubs and counties towards the overall cost of the event are still welcomed.

CoaguChek to sponsor Men's National Fours Championship

Bowls England is delighted to announce CoaguChek® as official sponsors of the 2013 Men's National Fours Championship.

CoaguChek® XS is an easy to use portable device for people on long-term warfarin. Warfarin is most commonly used for the prevention of stroke, and requires regular INR blood tests - a standard measure of blood clotting time. Having to regularly attend clinic for these tests can cause disruption, inconvenience and expense.

CoaguChek®XS offers a fast, convenient and safe alternative. After a simple prick of the finger, it enables people to self-monitor their INR. With the support of their healthcare professional, people can save time consuming trips to clinics, giving them freedom to live their life.

Allison Rossiter, Director of Point of Care at Roche, said: "CoaguChek® XS gives people on warfarin the option to self-monitor their INR levels, putting them more in control. Self-monitoring with the CoaguChek® XS meter gives people an alternative way to test their blood clotting time wherever they are. Self-care is at the heart of the NHS reform and CoaguChek® is an example of how technology can help the increasing number of people with long-term conditions."

Tony Allcock MBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, added: "We are delighted to welcome CoaguChek as sponsors of the Men's National Fours Championship and wish to thank them for their support of Bowls England."

For more information contact the CoaguChek Free Careline on 0808 100 7666 quoting reference CC042, or visit

New sponsor for National Family Pairs Competition

Bowls England is delighted to announce The Right Equity Release as official sponsors of the 2013 National Family Pairs Competition.

The Right Equity Release specialises in all equity release plans and gives advice on lending to people either in retirement or over the age of 55 years.

It offers fully independent and regulated advice, and is authorised by the Financial Services Authority.

Lyn Perrett, Director of The Right Equity Release, said: “This is a very positive move and we are delighted that Bowls England has chosen us to work with them.”

Kevin Hull, Manager of bowls client division at The Right Equity Release added: “We both believe this is an ideal way to enhance the lives of Bowls England members in these difficult times.”

Tony Allcock MBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to welcome The Right Equity Release as sponsors of the National Family Pairs Competition and wish to thank them for their support of Bowls England.”

For more information contact Kevin Hull Manager of The Right Equity Release Bowls Clients Division on 0800 612 7362 or e-mail:

Bowls England Annual Conference

Would you like to find out more about Bowls England and the services that it provides to its members? Then why not come along to the Bowls England Annual Conference at the Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, on Wednesday 3rd April from 11am?

The event, which is free to attend, gives all bowlers the opportunity to find out more information on a number of important topics ahead of the new season including safeguarding, food hygiene and the planned free legal helpline for affiliated clubs and county associations.

A range of guest speakers have been lined up to give their input and answer questions throughout the day, whilst attendees will also get the opportunity to put their questions to the Bowls England Board during a ‘question time’ session that will be held during the afternoon.

Tony Allcock MBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “The Annual Conference provides an excellent opportunity for all bowlers to learn more about the work of Bowls England, and also to provide us with feedback. We are especially keen to see people at the conference from our clubs and counties who are not able to attend Bowls England Company Meetings. So why not get together a car from your club, neighbouring clubs or county to come and find out what is happening in more detail?” 

The conference will run from 11am to 4pm approximately.

To help more people to attend, Bowls England is assistance to enable county associations and their members to attend. Individuals are urged to contact their County Secretary for more information on availability.

There is free car parking at the venue and refreshments will be available on arrival. Lunch is available at the venue or attendees may choose to bring a packed lunch with them.