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Further to the announcement earlier today, which is largely positive at this stage for our sport’s prospects this season, we have prepared the following for our counties and clubs utilising content within the joint statement.
Please feel free to amend/update for your own audiences if you wish to do so.
This is a shared statement with Bowls England and Disability Bows England and further information will be distributed once the full guidance has been issued by the Dept. of Sport
BRITISH CROWN GREENBOWLING ASSOCIATION LOOKS FORWARD TO THE START OF THE 2021 OUTDOOR SEASON
Today’s roadmap for the easing of lockdown restrictions enables BCGBA, counties and affiliated clubs to prepare with confidence for the 2021 outdoor season. The Prime Minister’s announcement confirmed that outdoor affiliated bowls clubs will be able to open from 29th March.
Our overriding objective is for as many bowlers as possible to enjoy our sport in a safe manner this summer. Bowls is a naturally socially-distanced, non-contact activity and plays a key role in the mental and physical health of many across the country. The positive prospects for the new season provides a great boost to bowlers and the sport in general.
Whilst the overwhelming majority of existing bowlers are eager to start playing and are likely to have received their first vaccine, we understand there is a degree of nervousness about returning to the sport. We will be working alongside our development partner, the Bowls Development Alliance, to support affiliated clubs across the country to create Covid-safe environments, building on the fantastic efforts of many club leaders last year. This work will include:
· ‘Return to Play’ guidance for affiliated clubs
· Resources and best practice to support the safe running of clubs
· Online booking
· Promotional material and funding advice
We also aim to facilitate as much domestic competition as possible. We have developed a series of Covid-contingency scenarios and, with the information now available, will look to reshape our national competition schedule.
The National Open Weekend 28th May 2021 planning will continue and we believe there’s a good opportunity to encourage people, who are looking for a new fun, family outdoor activity, into our sport. We will be working with affiliated clubs who sign up to empower them to deliver Open Weekend events that are Covid-safe and give new players a fantastic first experience.
We have been in discussions with our partner organisations to ensure a safe return to play, with the Prime Ministers road map we look forward to clubs being able to open safety within government guidelines
We will be working in partnership with all stakeholders, notably affiliated clubs, to navigate through any challenges and, whilst mindful to retain a level of caution, are very excited about the outdoor bowls season beginning soon.
We understand today’s developments will provoke a range of questions and we would ask people to bear with us as we work through the various implications. As soon as we can, we will be issuing more detailed guidance on the BCGBA website.
CEO BCGBAThu Feb 18th
The League would like to send our condolences to the family of past President Jim Evans who has passed away our thoughts are to all those who knew him, Jim was President between 2007-2009.Mon Feb 8th
A preliminary report of the Back to Bowls Survey can be viewed on the link called Back to Bowls Headline Data Report on the Document Downloads Link.Sun Jan 17th
This is a combined Survey of players and members on returning to Bowls in 2021, if you could share so that we can get a feel for the concerns on returning this year
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS - BACK to BOWLS
As we enter a New Year, it’s time to look ahead positively to the 2021 outdoor bowls season.
Last year proved there is a great appetite for people to enjoy our sport in a Covid-friendly manner. Those clubs who did open their doors provided a hub within their community for their members and experienced good levels of participation.
We know that the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown restrictions have had a huge impact on people’s ability to play bowls. We know you have received a few surveys from us recently but this very short one will enable us to recognise how you are feeling and what support is needed to return, whilst building a national understanding of how different groups would prefer to be supported.
Jon Cockcroft, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “When reflecting on 2020, it’s almost impossible to look beyond Covid-19 and its impact on our sport. Many outdoor bowls clubs remained closed, thousands of bowlers did not pick up a bowl in anger, the competitive season as we know it did not happen and the sport was affected financially at all levels of our game.
“We want to do everything possible to ensure that clubs can reopen safely in 2021 and that the bowling community can get back to bowls with confidence. Your feedback will be valuable to support the work are undertaking, in conjunction with the Bowls Development Alliance and the British Crown Green Bowling Association, to help make this happen.”
Mark Bircumshaw, British Crown Green Bowling Association Chief Executive said: “2020 has been the most challenging year and Bowls has been badly affected as all outdoor sports have. As we move into 2021 understanding how we reopen safely will be critical in getting our members back to the game we all love. Completing this survey will help us in conjunction with Bowls England and the Bowls Development Alliance to enable a safe return for all clubs across the Bowling community.”
The survey should take no longer than five minutes to complete and thank you in advance for your valuable contribution us to ensure that we can help to get you back on the green. Deadline for completed surveys is Sunday 28th February.
Click here to complete the survey - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2021ReturntoPlay
Tue Dec 22nd 2020
The BCGBA has recently joined the Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) in its final year of a 4-year funding program.
We have an opportunity for one of our clubs to be supported by the BDA to help them build their membership and provide a first class experience to new bowlers.
We would expect this pioneering club to be an ambassador for Shropshire and be positive in the promotion of crown green bowling in our County.
The successful club will be supported by the myself and the local Development team and Lee Smith the BCGBA Development Officer.
The BCGBA have been allocated an initial 16 Club Development Programmes from the BDA. This equates to 1 Club Development Programme per Geographical County (14 excluding Wales & IOM due to funding restrictions) plus 1 Club Development Programme for British Parks with 1 still to be confirmed.
A newsletter and an application form will have been sent you by Shropshire Secretary Mo Corley.
- The Application window opens 1st January 21 and closes 31st January 21
- CDOs/Counties to shortlist applications by 7th February 21
- CDOs/Counties/BCGBA to select clubs week commencing 8th February 21
- The Club Development Programmes can start as soon as the above is done
If you have any questions or queries please don't hesitate to contact me
Pauline Wilson Shropshire Development Officer : firstname.lastname@example.org or Phil Scott .
Should the BDA secure funding beyond 2021 then this may be an opportunity for additional clubs to take advantage of this assistance.
The applications must be sent no later than 31st January 21.
Mon Dec 21st 2020
DBS Checks will progress early next year so please read carefully and follow the instructions.
Go to the Shropshire Log in on MB Results and login with guest.
Firstly book a slot between 9am and 12pm on one of the following dates, Saturday 30th January/ Saturday 13th Feb/ Saturday 27th Feb or Saturday 13th March.
You will need to register your name and email address and Club (For the Zoom meeting Link to be sent to you)
On the day you will need your passport currently in date/ Driving Licence a recent Utility Bill with current address on and National Insurance Number. If you able to scan these to your PC beforehand you will then be able to share in our meeting rather then hold up to the camera.
The meeting will take around 15 minutes hopefully , Only one person will be admitted at a time so if you are waiting please be patient and I will admit you once the previous applicant is finished.
The signing of the document will take place on Saturday 27thMarch at Hadnall BC Car Park between 9:30am -12 pm. All in a Covid secure manner each applicant will be instructed to remain in their car to they are signalled to exit their vehicle. Their form will be securely placed on a table for them to read before signing with their own black pen. Please note no pens with be provided so do not forget one. Hand sanitiser will be provided before signing the document and for afterwards. At this current stage everyone should bring their mask to the signing session also.
It is set up so that they select date and time, which is every 15 min. If they select a date and time that is already used they will need to change it as it will not be saved.
If they try to change their time once it has been saved they cannot unless they get in touch with me.
They also cannot log in again and try to enter another time using the same email address.
Shropshire Safeguarding Officer/Vice Chairman
Shropshire Crown Green Bowling Association
Tel: 01948 820757
Mobile: 07946 478299
Tue Dec 8th 2020
At the BCGBA Management Meeting held in November there was a presentation given by Lisa Graham, Managing Director of the Bowls Developement Alliance. To view the presentation select BCGBA-presentation-Nov-2020 in the Document Downloads Link.Thu Nov 19th 2020
Competition Secretary Jamie Brookes has informed the management he will be standing down from his role at the AGM due to personal reasons, The management and I'm sure all the players thank him for his hard work over the last couple of years he will be a hard act to follow. So that means we are on the lookout for a new competition secretary or even two if the work was shared.
So if anyone is interested please contact the Secretary or Chairman to discuss further.
Job Spec is below.
Whitchurch League Competition Secretary
Organises all the Competition dates in conjunction with other Leagues: County, Premier, Market Drayton, North Shropshire Ladies etc
Conducts all the League team competitions draws ,enters onto website and enters host clubs as well.
Collates all Results Sheets for Jubilee Doubles, Shropshire Star, President’s Cup,
Organises and runs all Individual and Doubles Competitions, ( from booking greens and liasing with host clubs on refreshments to be provided for entrants where needed).
Produces draws for competitions and attends all possible individual competitions to run them on the day.
Collates entries and prize winners etc for the end of year prize giving.
Forwards competition monies to Treasurer on a monthly basis.
Forwards results and reports to Shropshire Star/Whitchurch Herald as required and puts
on the website.
Must be computer literate.
Sat Nov 14th 2020
Please see Job description, If know of anyone who might be interested let the League Chairman know or the County Chairman.
SCGBA – Job Description for the post of County Treasurer.
1.Pay in to the designated bank account, all monies received from a range of stakeholders including affiliated leagues and clubs etc.
2.Issue cheques in respect of affiliation fees/entry fees due, purchases made, work carried out and prize money gained via competitions etc., etc.
3. Attend periodic meetings of the SCGBA Executive Committee, and present financial reports to these meetings.
4.Administer the annual Public Liability and Personal Accident insurance provision for all SCGBA affiliated leagues and clubs. This includes both the Endsleigh scheme administered by the BCGBA, and all other policies taken out by individual leagues and clubs.
5.Submit monthly returns to HMRC throughout the financial year in relation to tax due on the SCGBA officers’ Honoraria payments, and to pay the relevant amounts each month to HMRC. Complete/submit year end returns to HMRC, and issue P60 End of Year Certificates to the Association’s officers.
6. Administer the Government’s People’s Pension scheme for the Association’s officers (every three years).
Fri Nov 13th 2020
Another change in restrictions from Thursday, 5th November. Having read these we are of the opinion that there is no way crown green bowling can take place within a safe environment and in consultation with the BCGBA, we are directing clubs/players to stop crown green bowling from Thursday, 5th November 2020.
We appreciate this may cause disruption to ongoing winter leagues, club competitions (internal and open) and casual bowling but our view is that the health and safety of our members is of paramount importance and overrides other considerations.
When these restrictions are lifted/amended we shall issue further directions.
In the meantime all stay safe
SCGBA Safeguarding Officer.