Bowls England Competitions

Entries into all Bowls England’s National Competitions are still being accepted for this coming season 2021, entries close on the 1st March.

All events are organised on a knock-out basis, with the early rounds played locally and the National Finals at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa, which will be the host venue for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Individual Competitions

Our competitions are open to players of all abilities – with a range of events designed to meet your individual requirements.All events are organised on a knock-out basis, with the early rounds played locally and the National Finals at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa, which will be the host venue for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.Check out our simple guide to find the right competition for you:

Men’s CompetitionsEligibilityFormat
Senior SinglesAged 55 and over on 1st April 2021Four bowls/21 shots up
Senior PairsBoth players aged 55 and over on 1st April 2021 from clubs within same countyFour bowls per player/21 ends
Champion of Champions SinglesClub Championship Winners 2019 and 2020 plus county/national winners 2019Four bowls/21 shots up
Women’s Competitions
Senior SinglesAged 55 and over on 1st April 2021Four bowls/21 shots up
Senior PairsBoth players aged 55 and over on 1st April 2021 from clubs within same countyFour bowls per player/21 ends
Champion of Champions SinglesClub Championship Winners 2019 and 2020 plus county/national winners 2019Four bowls/21 shots up
Mixed Competitions
Family PairsEligible players should be from one of the following pairings:
Grandmother and granddaughter/grandson
Grandfather and granddaughter/grandson   
Mother and daughter/son   
Father and daughter/son   
Sister and sister/brother
Brother and brother/sister 
Step relatives of the above are also eligible to play   
Marriage   Civil Partnership
Four bowls per player/21 ends
Mixed Pairs1 x man/1 x woman;
Both players from clubs within same county
Four bowls per player/21 ends
Mixed Fours1 x man/1 x woman;
All players from clubs within same county
Four bowls per player/21 ends

All events are played in accordance with our Rules and Regulations and the current Laws of the Sport of Bowls.

Where do I play these matches?
The majority of qualifying rounds are held within your local area. The final qualification match is held at a neutral venue agreed by the players.

How are these matches arranged?
Matches during the qualifying rounds are arranged by the players.

When are these competitions played?
The qualifying rounds are held either on weekday evenings or at weekends – this is agreed by the players. The National Finals are held annually at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa – venue for the 2022 Commonwealth Games for Lawn Bowls.

How do I Enter?
You can enter now via our Competitions Portal – the closing date is 1st March 2021. Click here to enter.

What if the competitions cannot take place due to the Covid-19 pandemic?  

 We remain confident that, thanks to the rollout of the vaccine and our experience from last season of bowling taking place in a Covid-friendly manner, people will be out playing in England at an early date. We are still planning for a full competitive season including national competitions and national championships accumulating at the National Finals, however we are working on a number of contingencies should the need arise.Click here for a Step by Step Help Guide on How to Enter

Qualifiers for National Finals·        Men’s Senior Singles (O55’) – 35 players (one per county)·        Women’s Senior Singles (O55’) – 35 players (one per county)·        Men’s Senior Pairs (O55’) – 35 teams (one per county)·        Women’s Senior Pairs (O55’) – 35 teams (one per county)·        Men’s Champion of Champions Singles – 16 players·        Women’s Champion of Champions Singles – 16 players·        Family Pairs – 8 teams·        Mixed Pairs – 16 teams·        Mixed Fours – 16 teams