Welcome to our news section - keep checking for our latest news regarding Welsh Bowls
After a very strange and worrying year, we hope everyone stays safe and well, enjoyed your Christmas in the best way you could and let us all hope for a better, more normal year in 2021.
Another Ladies coffee morning is planned, see here for details.
Here is some COVID advice from the government aimed at the people who are vulnerable and have been shielding.
The WBA are saddened to learn of the passing of Val Williams, the wife of one of our stalwart executive committee men, Robert Williams. Our thoughts and prayers are with Robert and his family at this difficult time.
Please see the details for a Bowls Wales Nominatd Director and express interest to the appropriate people. HERE
Statement regarding the Annual General Meeting is here.
Calling all members - if you fancy a chat and a catch on Zoom during lockdown, we are having a virtual coffee morning on Thursday 5th November - Please see poster for details. Zoom training also on offer beforehand, just let us know.
Thank you Alis Butten for the poster
Please see statement regarding the unification of the WBA and the WWBA.
Three Cwmbran Park bowlers have received a presentation from the club after each of them completed fifty years continuous bowling service for the club. Many congratulations to John Alford, Alan Cooper and Brian Relland.
Latest newsletter from the governing bodies group can be found here.
The British Isles Womens Bowls Council (BIWBC) have agreed a new look for its international events to increase awareness of the women's game in the UK and close align with the formats at world events. see here
There are free online workshops for clubs which our clubs may find interesting and you can find out more by following this link.
For the latest guidance from the WBA & WWBA please follow link.
For the Latest Guidelines on reopening greens and club houses please check the bowls wales latest documents.
Good morning Ladies and Gents, we are still waiting further guidance from the Welsh Government regarding our sport and are hopeful of getting something soon. We can only advise clubs to be patient because it would not reflect well if a fresh outbreak of the virus were associated with the bowling fraternity because we jumped the gun, so to speak.
The latest we have has been posted on the Bowls Wales website which you can access from the link below.
My thanks goes to Claire Joll and her team for keeping us up to date.
Following the recent announcement from the Welsh Assembly Government, please read the following statement from the governing bodies. Read Here.
Be active Wales fund launches today 7 July 2020, details here.
Very sad news this morning with the passing of JIM O'CONNOR a stalwart of Bedwellty Park Bowls Club for many years. Jim made many friends in the bowling world and was always a very sociable and pleasant bloke who always had time for a chat. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time. At this unusual time funeral arrangements have been very limited but as soon as we know the arrangements we will post it here for peoples information.
More useful guidance for clubs who are reopening. See Here
The W.B.A. would like to welcome bowlers back to the greens following the first minister's announcement on Friday. Although it is only social bowling at this time we are sure some members will find this beneficial. Please continue to follow government and club guidelines to ensure you and your families remain as safe as possible.
Please see this joint statement issued by the N.G.B.'s of flat green bowls in Wales. Read Here
We are hoping that the Welsh Government will allow us to open clubs soon and we are waiting confirmation of this from Bowls Wales as to when this will be. In the meantime, and in accordance with our holding statement sent a few weeks ago, please find attached guidance to help with your planning - putting safe systems in place may take some time, so we wanted to give you as much opportunity to plan if you are going to open.
Please follow the link for the holding statement released by the WBA and WWBA governing bodies. Read More.
Following a BIBC meeting today, Saturday 16th May 2020, it has been decided to cancel the junior international series in September. It was decided that both international series will be rolled over to 2021 to be staged at the same venues as was scheduled for 2020.
Senior series will be scheduled for Llandrindod Wells from 1st to 4th July 2021.
Junior series will be scheduled for Ayr Northfield from11th to 12th September 2021.
Further details will follow as soon as they become available.
Important information regarding world bowls singles, click link.
SENIOR FOURS 2020
Dear Member Nation
The Atlantic Senior Fours 2020 Organising Committee is acutely aware of the many issues facing countries and the MNA’s of World Bowls with the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak.
Governments and Sports organisations are beginning to take drastic measures in order to contain and prevent further spread of the disease, some of which are starting to affect sporting events and general public life.
Taking into account the age demographic of our participants the Committee has decided to suspend invitations to this event.The 30th March deadline date for expressions of interest in participation is therefore now postponed.
The Committee will meet again on 1st June 2020 and reassess the global conditions with regards to Covid-19 and decide whether or not to continue staging the event in 2020 or to defer it to a later date and MNA’s will be notified accordingly.
Thanks to all who have shown an interest in the event and have been following our updates on our Website and Facebook page and we will publish a further update after 1st June.
2020 World Bowls Championships to be postponed indefinitely
Controlling body World Bowls (WB) and host nation Bowls Australia (BA) have agreed that the 2020 World Bowls Championships be postponed indefinitely as a result of the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic.
The event, which was set to be staged on the Gold Coast, Queensland, from May 26 – June 7, and involve 36 competing nations from around the world, has prioritised the health and safety of the public, players, staff, officials and volunteers.
Further to the risk of public exposure, many nations have also implemented strict measures on local and international travel, including Australia, where travellers from overseas are currently being made to self-isolate for at least 14 days.
The intention remains to stage the event at an appropriate time in the future, however, given the current climate around the uncertainty related to the virus, WB and BA are unable to provide an official confirmation of rescheduled dates at this stage.
WB Chief Executive Officer, Gary Smith, said the unfortunate decision was made with the health and safety of the public, players, staff, officials and volunteers as the primary concern.
“Given the uncertainty we face as a global community, we have made the unfortunate, but necessary action related to the 2020 World Bowls Championships,” Smith said.
“This situation is not unique to bowls, with many other sports and competitions around the world taking similar cautionary measures.
“We believe this is the right decision to minimise the risk of public exposure to the coronavirus, which the World Health Organisation recently declared a global pandemic.”
BA Chief Executive Officer, Neil Dalrymple, said both parties would continue to monitor the situation and liaise with competing countries as to the future staging of the event.
“We have been monitoring the coronavirus situation closely for several months, with advice taken from the relevant stakeholders and government agencies,” Dalrymple said.
“The decision was not made without careful consideration and we firmly believe they have been made in line with the best interests of the public, players, staff, officials and volunteers.
“We are fully aware that athletes, officials and others may have made travel arrangements for this event, but our overriding concern is the health and safety of all involved in the event.”
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Update on Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the impact on sport in Wales
Dear WSA Member,
This is an update to help with the sector’s contingency planning around Coronavirus, as we know that many of our members will be concerned about staging events, participation and preventing it spreading further.
Latest Government Information
The UK Government yesterday published an action plan to contain the possible spread of the coronavirus.
Welsh Government has also published information including:
· A statement from Public health Wales (March 4th)
The following tailored advice for the sport sector has been developed:
Our friends in London, the Sport and Recreation Alliance, have issued the following guidance, and while there should be no presumption that one stage will automatically lead to the next it is best practice to think about the different scenarios that may emerge, adding that the following ‘ABC’ approach may be helpful…
A: As you are - Our current state.
B: Behind closed doors - If the Government finds it necessary to curb travel or large gatherings of people, this is particularly a possible scenario for spectator sports.
C: Cancellation, curtailment, or postponement - If the Government finds it necessary to impose restrictions which make staging an event or providing a service impossible.
The Welsh Sports Association would like to reiterate the importance of following advice from Public Health Wales and Gov.Wales when you have queries relating to the impact of coronavirus.
If you have any comments or queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. If you don’t want to receive emails in future, please let us know so that we can remove you from our database.
Kate Evans | Head of Communications & Policy/ Pennaeth Cyfathrebu & Pholisi
A: National Centre, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff CF11 9SW
Please note that due to the current guidance from the government that both these courses have been cancelled until further notice.Basic Training Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk
The first of the Two planned Courses funded by Bowls Wales has been arranged -- primarily to cover the Eastern Area but all are welcome.Dinefwr (Ammanford) Indoor Bowls Club on Monday April 6th from 2.P.M. UNTIL 6.00.P.M. It may well take a shorter period but I have booked the venue "just in case" for longer . The Trainer is Paul Morgan who has delivered Courses for us in the past.I would like to charge a nominal £5 per person to cover incidental costs which Clubs could help by sponsoring their attendees.On the day I will need the name, Club and a contact address for those attending.If you can send me details beforehand that would be helpfulThe second Course will take place at the Islwyn Indoor Bowls Club and is being arranged by Noel Tippett I will keep you informedHope this is clear and my thanks to Bowls Wales for their assistance.Peter Brill Safeguarding LeadNoel Tippett has arranged the second of the Training events at the Islwyn (Blackwood) I.B.C. on Tuesday April 7th from 6.00.p.m. until approx 8.30.p.m. Bowls Wales are funding the training but a nominal charge will be levied per person to cover incidental costs e.g. hire of the room. Please try and ensure those who have requested basic training are notified and ask them to contact Noel.(see above). Bowls are required to meet many specific targets one being to ensure we have sufficient members who are trained in the basics of Safeguarding. Can you let as many know about this Course and maybe place on your Web Sites. County and Club Secretaries could assist enormously with this.We are grateful to Bowls Wales for the funding as many are aware I have been trying to organise training for many monthsPeter Brill Safeguarding Lead
WELSH NATIONAL OPEN SINGLES TOURNAMENT 2020
The WBA and WWBA are this year organising an inaugural open 4 wood open singles tournament, this tournament is open to all male and female bowlers who are members of affiliated bowls clubs.
The early rounds up to the quarterfinals will be played on a regional basis with the quarterfinals, semi-finals and finals being played at Llandrindod Wells during the National Finals.
This is a fantastic opportunity for Wales best male and female bowlers to compete against each other to become Wales supreme champion.
The winner and runner up will receive a commemorative trophy.
Please could you circulate this information and entry form to all your member clubs.
John Phillips Hazel Wilson
WBA Assistant Secretary. WWBA Secretary.
2020 National Mixed Pairs Entry Form now available - Please Click on Link Welsh National Mixed Pairs Entry Form 2020
Congratulations to the following who have been selected for the 2020 International Squads. Thank you to everyone who attended the trials last weekend and to Llandrindod Wells and Brecon Bowling Clubs for hosting.