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Latest News from The Government and EBF National Secretary - 11 May 2021

This takes us to the 21st June - further guidelines will be issued.

English Bowling Federation (EBF)
Return to Play (RTP) Guidance
Update 3, Issued: 11th May 2021
As per the government roadmap for the easing of lockdown restrictions, further restrictions have now been lifted. From the 17th May 2021 providing the affiliated Counties, Clubs and members follow this guidance to return to play safely.
This RTP guidance should be used in conjunction with the latest government guidance and may change to reflect any changes made by the UK government.
This guidance is effective from midnight, Monday 17th May 2021 and replaced all other guidance issued by the EBF.
This guidance falls under the classification of organised sport in accordance with the issued Department for Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) guidance and covers:
• National Competitions & Championships (including qualifying stages)
• All matches, competitions and leagues involving affiliated Club and Counties
• Inter affiliated club matches
• Internal affiliated club events or organised sessions for club members
• Coaching by an approved coach
• Education courses (outdoor) working to a prescribed syllabus
• Matches between affiliated Counties
For the avoidance of doubt any activity that is not listed above falls outside of the scope of the organised sport category and falls into the informal activity category where different rules apply. This includes casual play such as 'roll-ups'.
The government have given an exemption for organised sport regarding the numbers of people that can mix and the relevant organising body (club, county, league or governing body) must consider the risks and set out ways to mitigate them so people can participate safely in accordance with this guidance. Informal or self-organised sport is not covered by any exemptions.
From Monday 17th May the following applies:
If activity applies within Organised Sport category above:
We can now confirm that all restrictions on formats and numbers for organised activity under the jurisdiction of English Bowling Federation will be removed. It is now permissible for clubs to use all rinks at any one time.

Social Interaction before and after play can only take place in separate and distinct groups consisting of up to 30 people. We recognise that each club is different and may wish to set its own limit for numbers of people off the green at any one time.
It is hoped that from Monday 21 June we would expect all restrictions to be lifted. The guidance to affiliated clubs will be updated once the government has confirmed the country is moving to Step 4.

Equipment: Where possible players should try to avoid using shared equipment; Players are advised to have their own mat/jack during any session. If you are sharing equipment, for example jacks/mats you should then sanitise your hands prior to and after touching the equipment. Players must use their own measures. The following items can be utilised during any session: Mats, Bowls, Jacks, Rink markers, Gloves, Scorecards, and Scoreboards if possible these should be retained by one person.



Hygiene & Health
Everyone should sanitise their hands before and after the game and at regular intervals during the game especially if you have to touch communal surfaces or equipment. Handshakes should not happen at any time. Once you are home, remember to wash your hands thoroughly.
If you or anyone living in the same household as you are showing any COVID-19 symptoms, or you or any of your household are self-isolating, you should stay at home and not play bowls until you are permitted to leave you house under the current quarantine guidance issued by the government.

Hospitality Clubhouses and facilities that serve food and drink can open. In Step 3, both indoor and outdoor hospitality will be permitted. People using clubhouses and hospitality facilities must adhere to legal gathering limits and wider government guidance for hospitality.

Track and Trace
All clubs are required to keep records of who has played each day and with whom for a period of 21 days to support NHS Track and Trace. It is recommended that the club display an NHS QR code if possible so that participants can scan using a mobile device.

Changing, Toilets, Clubhouse's
Changing rooms can be opened, but participants should be encouraged to avoid or minimise use where possible. Participants should socially distance whilst in changing rooms. Subject to available space, more than one household can use changing facilities at one time but they must not mix and must adhere to capacity limits set by the club. Face coverings should be worn at all times when indoors. Toilet facilities can also open
Cleaning protocols should be put in place to limit COVID-19 transmission in public places. Touch points (e.g. handrails and gates) should be particular areas of focus for increased cleaning.

Spectators
Spectators for all outdoor bowls are permitted at Step 3, but need to adhere to social distancing rules and social gathering limits (groups of 30 outdoors).

Travel
Travel can take place for the purpose of sport and physical activity. Car sharing will now be permitted.

Vaccines
You do not need to be vaccinated to particate in bowls and clubs should not stop anyone who has not been vaccinated from playing.
Risk Assessments
All clubs should carry out a risk assessment prior to retuning to play. It is advised that clubs have a session booking system and include suitable gaps between each session to ensure maximum group limits aren't exceeded.
Club and other meetings Up to 30 people are permitted to meet outdoors from Monday 17th May. Should you wish to meet indoors you must stick to the rules on social gathering, of six people (the 'rule of six') or two households. Sport specific guidance on organising virtual meetings, including Committee Meetings and AGMs, is available from Sport England Club Matters.
This guidance will be updated at each stage of the Roadmap to reflect changes as approved by the government.


  

Noticeboard extract 1 -  National Finals Week at Skegness - Results

Mens 2 Bowl Singles - Alan Dent Junior - Cleethorpes
First Round - Lost v Norfolk 12-21

Mens 4 Bowl Singles - Mick Thompson - Moorlands
First Round - Lost v Derbyshire 14-22

Mens Under 25 Singles - James Staples - Shires
First Round - James Withdrawn

Mens Veteran Singles - Richard White - Burton House
First Round v North Essex - Won 21-10
Second Round v Suffolk - Lost 19-21

Mens Secretaries Singles - Ray Morrell - Shires
First Round v North Essex - Won 21-16
Second round v Norfolk - Lost 9-21

Mens Champion of Champion Singles - Jason Lewis - Grantham
First round v Northumberland - Lost 14-21

Mens Pairs - Chris and Harry Mycock - Castle, Spalding
First Round - Bye
Second Round v Suffolk - Won 14-13
Semi Final v North cambs - Lost 14-21

Mixed Pairs - Trevor Bannister and Carole Richardson - Helpringham
First Round - Bye
Second Round v North Cambs - Won 21-7
Semi Final v Northants - Lost 8-17

Mens Senior Pairs - Mick Thompson and Paul Hickman - Moorlands
First Round v North Essex - Lost 19-20

Mens Senior Pairs - Graham Bolt and Paul Cook - Cleethorpes
First Round - Bye
Second Round v North Essex - Lost 12-21

Open Under 25 pairs - Harry Mycock and James Cherry - Castle, Spalding
First Round v Huntingdonshire - Won 17-14
Second Round v Suffolk - Lost 13-18

Mens 2 Bowl Rinks - T Cope, K Moore and N Mapletoft - Sleaford
First Round v Nottinghamshire - Won 19-10
Second round v Northumberland - Won 15-9
Semi Final v Northumberland - Lost 16-21

Mens 3 Bowl Rinks - T Cope, K Moore and N Mapletoft - Sleaford
First Round v Cleveland - Won 17-13
Second Round v Humberside - Won 17-15
Semi Final v Northumberland - Lost 13-17

Mixed 2 Bowl Rinks - Margaret Wheatley, Chris and Harry Mycock - Castle, Spalding
First Round v Derbyshire - Won 20-16
Second Round v Northants - Lost 11-21







 

Noticeboard extract 2 -  Lincolnshire Win the Newton trophy, the Adams team come second

Both the Adams and Newton teams were in actions against Nottinghamshire on Saturday 10th July.
The Adams team beat Nottinghamshire by 204 to 147 and
The Newton team beat Nottinghamshire by 168 to 132
Both teams will now take their places in the National Finals at Skegness on Saturday 21st August 2021 starting at 1-20pm.
The Newton team will face Suffolk
The Adams team await their opponents.

Newton Final:
Lincolnshire 181 Suffolk 143

Adams Final
Lincolnshire 149 Huntingdonshire 177

 

More Noticeboard -

Challenge Bowl and Ron Kitchen Trophy and Plate - Results...Click here to see more of this
County Semi Finals and Finals Saturday 17th July and Sunday 18th July at Castle Spalding - Results of all Matches...Click here to see more of this
Adams and Newton Trophy Results vs Humberside...Click here to see more of this
County Quarter Finals (South) Sunday 4th July 2021 - Results...Click here to see more of this
 

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