Updates from Bowls England


At its recent meeting, the End of Year Accounts were approved by the Board of Directors and will now be submitted to Companies House. Bowls England will record losses for the 2019/20 financial year of just short of £600,000. Full details will be published in the Annual Report which will be available digitally. A hard copy version can be pre-ordered online from Monday 28th December.


24th November 2020 – INTER COUNTY EVENTS 2021

Balcomb Trophy / Walker Cup 2021
The 2020 draw’s for the above Inter-County Events have been ‘written off’. All entries have rolled over to the 2021 season, the draw as previously published and shown within the 2020 BE Yearbook for season 2021 will remain.

Amy Rose Bowl 2021
Entries received for the 2020 season have been automatically rolled over to season 2021.
A full list of entries received to date are: Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Essex, Hampshire, Kent x2, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Yorkshire

The Amy Rose Bowl will re-open for further entries in early January 2021. Please note that 2021 will see the introduction of the Amy Rose Plate for all county teams who lose in their first match guaranteeing each team at least two matches.

White Rose Trophy 2021
The 2020 draw has been ‘written off’. All entries have rolled over to the 2021 season, A full list of entries received to date are: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cornwall, Cumbria, Devon, Dorset, Durham, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Middlesex, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Yorkshire

Middleton Cup / John’s Trophy
All groups and fixtures in 2020 have been ‘written off’, 2021 will be the start of a new two year cycle, all fixtures (and groups) as published in the Bowls England 2020 Yearbook for the 2021 and 2022 season will remain.

Balcombe Trophy DrawDurham v Yorkshire
Walker Cup Draw – Durham v Northumberland

Middleton Cup Fixtures
June 5 – Cumbria v Durham
June 19 – Durham v Northumberland
July 10 – Durham v Lancashire

Johns Trophy
June 5 – Durham v Northumberland
June 26 – Lincolnshire v Durham

4th November 2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE

The Government has announced that all indoor and outdoor leisure facilities must close from Thursday 5th November as part of the national lockdown to control the spread of Covid-19. Therefore no outdoor bowling activity will be permitted from this date and clubs must remain closed for any other non-bowling activity, for example meetings and social events.

We are aware that some clubs are also seeking advice on greens maintenance. The Government guidance is that where people cannot work from home they should continue to travel to work/attend their workplace and therefore we advise that essential greens maintenance work can continue. The Government advises that the risk of transmission can be substantially reduced by following COVID-secure guidelines closely.

The new measures will apply nationally for four weeks up to Wednesday 2nd December. At the end of this period, the Government will look to return to a regional approach, based on the latest data, and we shall advise clubs further at that stage.


Victoria Park in Royal Leamington Spa will feature the largest lawn bowls line-up in Commonwealth Games history following the announcement of the medal event programme for Birmingham 2022. 

The Games will make global sporting history by becoming the first ever major multi-sport event to award more medals to women than men. There will be an equal number of male and female medallists in Lawn Bowls, a sport proud of its intrinsic accessibility. 

The medal event programme, published today, confirms there will be 136 medal events for women and 134 for men with a total of 11 lawn bowls medal events – singles, pairs, triples, fours and para pairs for both genders plus a visually impaired mixed pairs.  In total 78 medals will be presented across the Lawn Bowls disciplines, 39 to both men and women. 

It is hoped the changes made to the Para Lawn Bowls competition will inspire more women with disabilities give the sport a go, one of many ambitions to leverage Birmingham 2022 to get more people playing bowls…….. read more


As the winter woollies are dusted off, our radiators stir into life and the lawn gets a final cut, it’s timely to reflect on the 2020 bowls season.  For some it never started, for others it was their first season.  Some felt frustrated not to play competitively, others felt invigorated by a means of meeting up with friends.  Nobody imagined a season like the one that is now drawing to a close, and our hearts go out those who have experienced personal loss from Covid-19.

Whatever your experiences and circumstances, I wanted to share a few thoughts on behalf of Bowls England.  I am particularly eager to thank all those of you who had the energy and spirit to make the very best of this unusual season – the green-keepers, the sanitizer-buyers, the book-keepers, the bar staff, the coaches, the equipment cleaners and many more.  You are the lifeblood of our sport and your efforts are appreciated.  To all the players who made it out onto the greens, I trust you enjoyed being out in the fresh air, spending time with friends and renewing your challenge with the game.  To those who didn’t play this summer, we will be here when you are ready to return.  Four months into the role of Bowls England Chief Executive, I am hugely positive and optimistic about what’s ahead for our sport.   Benjamin Franklin once said, “Through adversity comes opportunity” and I believe it won’t be the adversity of Covid-19 that determines our destiny, it will be the manner in which we react to it. ………. read more


The daily schedule for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has been released today, with the organisers confirming the summer of 2022 is set for a spectacular home Games.

The lawn bowls action will run for nine consecutive days, commencing at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa, on Friday 29th July through until Saturday 6th August.

The Games, the largest sports event to be held in UK since the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, will feature 19 sports, with eight para sports integrated into the programme, creating the biggest para sports offering in Commonwealth Games history.

John Mc Guinness, Bowls England High Performance Director, has welcomed the announcement: “Our preparations for the 2022 Commonwealth Games are well underway and confirmation of these dates are paramount as our planning for the Games accelerates. The High Performance Squad spent an invaluable weekend at Loughborough University recently, taking advantage of the world-class facilities and expertise that they have to offer in order to launch our sports science programme. The home Commonwealth Games provides us with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to showcase our sport and it’s vital that we prepare as best as we possibly can.”……………….. read more

5th October 2020 – Entries to the Bowls England Competitions are now being accepted, if possible use the online portal link below to enter


Changes in the Women’s Home International series can be found via the link below. There is also a response from Bowls England.

Bowls England have also issued a warning on suspicious email…….. read the full statement below

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