Suffolk County Bowls Association

Affiliated to the English Bowling Federation


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President - Mr. Neil Parfitt

President Elect - Mr. Keith Crabbe

Chairman - Mr. Gary Pleasance

Secretary - Stuart Walsh

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Suffolk County Bowls Association

 E.B.F. Season 2020. Corona virus Statement.

The English Bowling Federation has announced the cancellation of all County games and Competitions for the 2020 season.   CLICK FOR GUIDELINES FOR OPENING (Word Document)

Suffolk County Bowls Association

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Bowls clubs across England have secured almost £400,000 cash from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund in just four weeks. “Clubs can also apply for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) available through their local Council and we strongly advise all affiliated Clubs to look into this further.”

To date, more than £8 million has been awarded in total by Sport England from the Community Emergency Fund, which was set up to help groups through immediate financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The fund has been developed to help community sport and physical activity organisations meet their obligations, in particular fixed costs, which are no longer supported with revenue as a result of coronavirus.

To find out more about the Sport England Community Emergency Fund and to submit an application go to:

To find out more about the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG), visit: Coronavirus (COVID-19): business support grant funding - guidance for businesses


 It has been brought to my attention that certain grants may be available to some if not all our clubs. I would strongly recommend that all clubs look at the options available.

Clubs who pay rates to their local council could get significant grants and should look at either the specific website or contact the department where they pay rates. Other grants may be available through the Community Emergency Fund, Sport England, Sport / Comic relief and Tesco Bags of help. I am afraid you will need to do your own contact with any or all of the above, please remember  nothing ventured nothing gained, Good luck.

Timetable for re-opening

Bowls  facilities are now allowed to open.

Each venue, including council-owned sports facilities, will make their own decisions about when their facilities are ready to open and can be operated safely. Please check ahead on websites and social media to make sure before you arrive at a facility that it has reopened and what advice they are offering users, for example if there is a booking system.                                                                                                                                                                                                  

You can play lawn bowls where facilities have reopened, but you can only take part in these activities by yourself, or with members of your household or with 1 person outside of your household, as long as you are able to maintain social distancing.                                                                                                                                                                  

Changing rooms

Indoor facilities, apart from toilets and through-ways should be kept closed.

Maintaining hygiene, through handwashing, sanitisation facilities and toilets

To help everyone maintain good hygiene, consideration should be given to:

         Using signs and posters to build awareness of good hand washing technique, the need to increase hand washing frequency, avoid touching your face and to cough or sneeze into your arm

         Providing regular reminders and signage to maintain hygiene standards

         Providing hand sanitiser in multiple locations in addition to washrooms

         Setting clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets to ensure they are kept clean and social distancing is achieved as much as possible

         Enhancing cleaning for busy areas

         Providing more waste facilities and more frequent rubbish collection

         Replacing hand dryers with paper towels in handwashing facilities

         Minimising use of portable toilets

         Sufficient provision of automated hand sanitising dispensers in public places


    Sharing Equipment:

 Equipment can be shared, but you should enforce strong hygiene measures. This might be cleaning  it rigorously in line with wider guidance on hygiene, for example by using antibacterial spray and  washing hands thoroughly before and after use.                                                                                           

Communicating clearly and consistently.                                                                                   All Bowls clubs will need to communicate clearly and regularly with members and participants setting out what they are doing to manage risk, and what advice they are giving to individuals to do likewise.

Bowls clubs should also communicate clearly opening times and how people can safely access a facility, if relevant, for example through a booking or queuing system.