LATEST 2019 NEWS

9th February 2019

You may recall that over the past twelve months or so we wrote to all clubs offering to provide advice and guidance to affiliated clubs on behalf of the County Association, so far as the potential impact that cuts in local authority leisure service provision may have on clubs in the forthcoming years. This included the services and advice that are available from Bowls England and the Bowls Development Alliance to assist clubs on topics ranging from grants/loans, coaching and umpires to club development issues including the attraction of new members.

We have been in recent discussions with the Bowls Development Alliance about the implementation of the club development programme in the County not only for those clubs that are suffering because of the reduction in service provision and loss of membership but  also for those clubs wishing to expand their membership base.

Therefore attached for your information and attention details of the Development Programme which we would encourage you to read and consider adopting. We have already two clubs (Consett Park and Lyndhurst) who have participated with great success, the latter winning the coveted Bowls England Club of the Year title. Details of the scheme are also on the County Website.

If you need any help or advice please contact either the county secretary or Anna Coulson at the BDA or speak to the successful clubs.

Here are the links to the Programme Application Form and Programme Guidance Notes

8th February 2019

BOWLS ENGLAND MEN’S SENIOR INTERNATIONAL TEAM MANAGER JOHN BELL ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
(John Bell photo courtesy of Bowls England)

John Bell has announced his retirement as Bowls England Men’s Senior International Team Manager after almost two decades of loyal and dedicated service. Bell was appointed Men’s International Team Manager in 2000, a position he held for 17 BIBC Series’, four World Championships, and two Atlantic Championships, in addition to the position of Performance Director at three Commonwealth Games and one Atlantic Championships.

Under Bell’s guidance at world level, England attained an impressive 371 victories from 522 matches at a win rate of 71%, achieving 39 medals in the process, including 14 at the Commonwealth Games. Announcing his retirement, Bell said: “It is with somewhat of a heavy heart that I announce my retirement from the position as the Men’s Senior England Team Manager. There are a number of reasons for this decision but suffice it to say after 20 years as a Team Manager and Performance Director I feel the time is right to step aside.

“I would like to think that during my period of office I have done my utmost to ensure our England teams performed to the best of their abilities and enhanced their reputation, and that of Bowls England, on the world stage. I am also proud that the conduct of our England teams both on and off the greens has been exemplary. “I fully support the appointment of a permanent Performance Director, who will herald the introduction of a new structure to support and hopefully enhance international performance. My retirement will enable the Performance Director to commence their duties with a clean slate with a new support team going forward. They have my full support.

“I have been fortunate to have had the benefit of the assistance and friendship of many talented colleagues who I sincerely thank. To Tony Allcock and everyone in the Bowls England office, my fellow selectors, members of my Commonwealth Games management teams, to the incredibly supportive Norma Hazzledine, who was fully committed to the cause of improving England’s international performance, and to Rex Hazeldine too for his encouragement and his professionalism which inspired us all - I thank you. “I will also thank my supporter in chief – Mrs Bell – over a glass of red, or possibly two, and a nostalgic curry at the Paprika Club!  

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my tenure as Bowls England Manager and as Commonwealth Games Performance Director. It has been a pleasure and a privilege undertaking my role and I hope I have contributed to a positive and successful chapter in the performance of England teams at world and international events. “I wish Bowls England every success in its future efforts to achieve further glory at international level.”

 Bowls England Chief Executive, Tony Allcock MBE, added: “John’s commitment to Bowls England and the English Bowling Association over the past two decades has been exemplary. He has ensured that England is a force to be reckoned with at an international level and his record speaks for itself. John has been a credit to work with and will certainly be a tough act to follow.”  

Bowls England wishes to thank John for his dedication both to his country and the sport of bowls. An advertisement for John’s successor will be circulated shortly.

7th February 2019

LAWS OF THE SPORT CRYSTAL MARK EDITION (VERSION 3.1)
The revisions to the Laws of the Sport which were approved at World Bowls Council Meetings in December 2016 and April 2018 have been incorporated into the ‘Crystal Mark Third Edition’ to create Version 3.1 of that document. A copy of both Version 3.1 and a document containing the Revisions can be downloaded from the ‘Laws of the Sport’ section under the ‘Laws & Umpiring Link’ on the World Bowls website: www.worldbowls.com  

The section has also been updated to provide an explanation of the Laws review and approval process. Your attention is drawn to the final paragraph in the section which explains what Laws and Laws-related documents individuals should have in their possession whilst participating in the sport. As a by-product of the creation of Version 3.1 of the Laws, the text associated with the ‘WB Laws Decisions’ section under the ‘Laws & Umpiring Link’ on the WB website has been updated and the Revisions approved in 2016 and 2018 have been removed.

Here are the revisions in version 3.1.....(we have also downloaded a copy of the full rule book HERE )

Revisions to the ‘Laws of the Sport – Crystal Mark Third Edition’ The ‘Laws of the Sport of Bowls – Crystal Mark Third Edition’ was approved at a World Bowls Council Meeting in August 2014. Subsequent revisions to the Third Edition were approved at World Bowls Council Meetings in December 2016 and April 2018.
World Bowls Council Meeting – December 2016
The following revisions were approved.

Law D2 Bias side of a bowl: the side of the bowl that is the more rounded of the two sides, which is identified by the small grooved rings surrounding its centre.

Law 52.1.3 Each set of bowls can carry a player’s individual emblem, logo or engraving as a distinguishing mark on both sides of every bowl.
52.1.3.1 The distinguishing marks must be the same design and colour on each bowl, but can be different in size.
52.1.3.2 The distinguishing mark on the bias side of the bowl must be inside the smallest grooved ring surrounding its centre.
52.1.3.3 If there are grooved rings surrounding the centre of the non-bias side, the distinguishing mark must be inside the smallest ring.
52.1.3.4 If there are no grooved rings surrounding the centre of the non-bias side, the distinguishing mark must be inside the indentations designed to help the player grip the bowl during delivery. 52.1.3.5 As well as the distinguishing marks, each set of bowls can carry a player’s name or signature. Imprints on the running surfaces of bowls must be avoided.

Law 52.1.8.4
all bowls belonging to players within a team or side must have these markings on them and the markings must all be the same design and colour. However, players may use markings which are different in size from those used by other players in their team or side where this is necessary due to differences in the sizes of either the manufacturers’ rings or the distinguishing marks on the bowls.

Law 53.1
Licensed Manufacturers and Licensed Testers are entitled to imprint the registered World Bowls Stamp on the bias side of bowls. Imprints on the running surfaces of bowls must be avoided wherever possible.

World Bowls Council Meeting – April 2018 The following revisions were approved.
Law 52.1.6.1
52.1.6.1 measure between 112 millimetres and 134 millimetres across at their widest points; and
Law 52.1.7.1
52.1.7.1 measure between 112 millimetres and 131 millimetres across at their widest points; and

4th February 2019

NEW WORLD BOWLS CHALLENGE EVENT HEADED TO MOAMA

The creation of a new marquee international bowls event will see the Australian Jackaroos face a composite team made up of the world's premier players, to be staged at Moama Bowling Club in November, 2019. The World Bowls Challenge, announced jointly by World Bowls and Bowls Australia, will feature Australia v Rest of the World in an exciting ten-a-side format played across November 29 and 30, on the covered surfaces of the state-of-the-art Moama Bowling Club, fresh off multi-million-dollar renovations.

World Bowls President John Bell will assume the duties of Coach of the Rest of the World, while the architect behind the Jackaroos' success in recent years, National Coach Steve Glasson OAM, will take the reins of the Australian team. Australia is unquestionably the most in-form nation on the global stage, having secured four gold, two silver and one bronze medal from eight disciplines at the most recent World Bowls Championships in 2016, in addition to five gold and two silvers from 10 disciplines at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

It is envisaged that the event will be staged every two years with each subsequent new host nation then forming the side to contest the might of the rest of the world. Unsurprisingly, the competition format will deviate from tradition, with sets-play matches and sessions staged across two days, in order to bolster its appeal to audiences.The event will begin with mixed triples, followed by men’s pairs, women’s pairs, then mixed pairs, and conclude with ten singles matches (five men’s singles matches and five women’s singles matches) staged across staggered starts.

The announcement of the inaugural World Bowls Challenge at Moama Bowling Club continues Australia’s trend of procuring the sport's eminent International events.Over the next two years, Adelaide Bowling Club will host the 2019 and 2020 World Singles Champion of Champions, Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club will stage the 2019 World Cup, and Broadbeach Bowls Club, Club Helensvale and Musgrave Hill Bowls Club will jointly host the 2019 Asia Pacific Championships and 2020 World Bowls Championships.

Further announcements regarding the World Bowls Challenge team compositions, Coach and Captain selections, scheduling and viewing details will be made over the coming months.

23rd January 2019

REGIONAL FINAL VENUES ANNOUNCED FOR 2019 AND 2020

Bowls England can now confirm the host venues for the Inter-County Competition Regional Finals for the next two years. 

Balcomb Trophy (Sunday 23rd June 2019 and Sunday 21st June 2020)
North: York RI BC, Yorkshire
East: Maulden BC, Bedfordshire
South: Old Coulsdon BC, Surrey
West: Clevedon BC, Somerset

Walker Cup (Sunday 14th July 2019 and Sunday 12th July 2020)
North: York RI BC, Yorkshire
East: Kingsthorpe BC, Northamptonshire
South: Bromley BC, Kent
West: Box BC, Wiltshire

White Rose Trophy (Sunday 16th June 2019 and Sunday 14th June 2020)
North: Middlesbrough BC, Yorkshire
East: Parkway BC, Huntingdonshire
South: Cranleigh BC, Surrey
West: West Backwell BC, Somerset

7th January 2019

BOWLS ENGLAND NAMES 2019 ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM

Many congratulations to Silksworth’s David Bolt on being named in the team to compete at the 2019 Atlantic Championships in Cardiff from 10th May to 23rd May 2019.

The full team is as follows

Men:
David Bolt (Durham), Ian Lesley (Devon), Steve Mitchinson (Essex), Sam Tolchard (Devon) and Jamie Walker (Northamptonshire)
Reserves: Tristan Morton (Huntingdonshire) and Andrew Walters (Worcestershire)
Women:
Natalie Chestney (Devon), Sian Honnor (Kent), Lorraine Kuhler (Sussex), Rebecca Wigfield (Northamptonshire) and Jamie-Lea Winch (Leicestershire)
Reserves: Katherine Hawes (Oxfordshire) and Laura Holden (Somerset)

6th January 2019

Please find a list below of the upcoming locally based Coach Bowls courses including coaching, safeguarding, working with disabled & play bowls activator module.

Further information can be found at http://www.coachbowls.org , including how to book onto the courses.

Event Name

Event Date

Venue

Town

Postcode

Booked Places

Places left

Working with Disabled People in Bowls Module - Thornaby IBC

26/01/2019

Thornaby IBC

Thornaby

TS17 9EW

0

16

Play Bowls Activator Module - Darlington South Park BC

21/04/2019

Darlington South Park BC

Darlington

DL1 5TG

14

2

 

 

 

 

15 MONTHS CIVIL LIABILITY INSURANCE COVER FOR THE PRICE OF 12!
Bowls England is delighted to announce that affiliated clubs can sign up to the Civil Liability Insurance scheme and take advantage of up to 15 months cover for the price of 12. 

Our insurance scheme runs from 1st April until 31st March.  In normal circumstances, the annual premium would be charged when joining mid-term.

However, if you join from now until 31st March 2019, the scheme insurers Allianz Insurance plc, will waive the costs for this period.

This is subject to you renewing the policy on 1st April 2019 for the full 12 month period.

Annual Premiums for:
·         £5,000,000 Civil Liability, including £10,000,000 Employers Liability is £93.00 (including Bowls England’s administration fee of £18.00)
·         £10,000,000 Civil Liability, including £10,000,000 Employers Liability is £118.00 (including our fee)
 When things happen that are out of your control, it’s important to have the right insurance in place – protecting you, your club and your members from the unexpected. 
Bowls England has entrusted Sutton Winson to provide Civil and Employers Liability Protection to its affiliated clubs and organisations. This policy, amongst other benefits, includes: 
v  Wider protection than a standard public liability policy, as it includes professional liability, abuse, libel/slander and Officers Liability (including Trustees)
v  Employers Liability included as standard to cover all employees AND VOLUNTEERS
v  Unique scheme only available to Bowls England affiliated Clubs and organisations
v  Compensation associated with injuries, litigation and negligence
v  No policy excess
v  No additional hidden fees
v  Option to increase the Civil Liability limit to £10m (as requested by some local authorities)
 The 2019/20 Bowls England Civil Liability Protection Brochure is attached, which provides an overview of our scheme. To commence a policy please fully complete the attached form and return it to Bowls England with the appropriate payment for the 2019/20 twelve month cover. 

If you would like to discuss further, please contact John Hughes at Bowls England on 01926 334609 or email insurance@bowlsengland.com

 

 

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