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Covid - 19 Essential greens maintenance statement

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From: Alistair Hollis <alistair@bowlsengland.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Apr 2020 at 15:12
To: Alistair Hollis <alistair@bowlsengland.com>


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Copy to: Board/Staff/Life Members/Honorary Members/Presidential Team/Past Presidents/Team Managers/Regional Selectors/Friends/Umpires 

Bowls England is aware that the provision of a quality playing surface is vital for our sport. 

We have been working in conjunction with the Institute of Groundsmanship (IoG) over the last week to produce guidance for our member clubs regarding ongoing maintenance and what essential work may be carried out in order to provide a fit for play surface when sport resumes. A copy of our guidance is attached. 

In addition, the Sport & Recreation Alliance (SRA), which represents a number of national bodies including Bowls England, sought clarification on behalf of all sports as to whether grounds maintenance work is classified as essential during a meeting with the Sports Minister and other sector stakeholders on Thursday 2nd April. The SRA was informed that as long as social distancing regulations are adhered to and due regard for health and safety is followed, work that is essential to that space and cannot be done at home is considered to be acceptable. 

You are reminded that whilst essential work on greens is therefore currently permitted, the latest Government guidance must be followed at all times. 


IoG – Coronavirus (Covid-19) General Guidance


IoG – Guidance on interim works for your sports turf


Sport & Recreation Alliance – Business Support


NOTE TO COUNTY ADMINISTRATORS: Please circulate this information widely within your network


Alistair Hollis

Operational Services Manager

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Following an Emergency Meeting of the Bowls England Board on Tuesday 17th March 2020, and in light of the latest Government advice regarding the Coronavirus (COVIDÔÇÉ19) outbreak, the Board has agreed that all National Competitions be cancelled in their entirety for 2020. The timing of the earlier rounds of the National Competitions means it is impractical for these to be completed this season. Your entry/entries will automatically roll over for the 2021 season unless you advise otherwise.

Please find see below the full statement outlining key decisions following discussion by Bowls England Board on Tuesday 17th March 2020. The official news item can be viewed on the Bowls England website at www.bowlsengland.com/plans-for-2020-season-in-response-to-coronavirus-outbreak/

I am sure that you will understand the decision that has been taken given the unprecedented situation, however please do accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.


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