22nd October 2020 – BRIMINGHAM 2022 MEDAL PROGRAMME TO MAKE GLOBAL SPORT HISTORY
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
20th October 2020 – JON COCKCROFT: A LETTER TO THE BOWLS ENGLAND COMMUNITY
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
15th October 2020 – LAWN BOWLS SCHEDULE UNVEILED FOR BIRMINGHAM 2022
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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