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  • Bernie created a new blog post, Times are a Changing
    Sudbury-Bowls-Club In 1988 I bowled my first wood on a bowling green aged 10 years old. I use the word "wood" in the true context as the only bowls small enough for me were the old lignum vitae bowls found collecting dust in many a club around the country. This was my first experience of the sport I have now loved for over 30 years but also an indication of the lack of support for young bowlers taking up the game at the time.It was very tough to get involved in any teams at my first club due to there being a blatant disregard for young players being allowed on the green mixing with senior gentleman. This unwritten rule has come back to bite a lot of clubs on the backside as I now see the once strong clubs disappearing due to having no young blood progressing through the ranks to keep the legacy of decades of history alive. Unfortunately this is becoming an ever increasing occurrence and I sometimes wonder whether any of the jobsworth characters who seem to litter many a club ever feel any guilt when they see their club close its doors for the final time.
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  • Bernie created a new blog post, Role Models
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    BIBC-International-Series-England-Happy-Champions In all sports there are players that excel at what they do and are not only gifted but have that special something that make them winners. I am lucky to have lived through an era where I have watched the likes of Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry (snooker), Tiger Woods (golf), Phil Taylor (darts), Roger Federer (tennis) and Michael Schumacher (F1) to name a select few. All are prolific winners in their sport and will have provided many a young competitor something to aspire too over the years. Personally I have great admiration for not only their will to win but also the sheer determination to keep coming back for more.The importance of having a target to aim for and also learning from players who have played at the highest level is crucial to the development of your own game but so much can also be taken from those players who may not be world beaters but give you the basics of how you will start to model your future.There are 6 people who I believe have shaped my own career in bowls and each and every one of them still to this day play a part in every game I play.
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  • Scramble Short Mat Singles Ready to Start Cecil Dillion added another title to his collection with victory against David McCullough in the final of the first BowlsChat Scramble Shortmat Singles tournament at the Jim Baker Stadium last Sunday.There was a high standard of bowling throughout the day as the quality field battled through the Group and Knockout Stages in a race to be Champion as well as pick up one of the six qualifying places available for the 32 player Singles Grand Final on 29th March next year.
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  • Bernie created a new blog post, The Australian Experience
    England and Australia Test Teams April 2017 In 2018 the Commonwealth games were to be held at Broadbeach Bowling Club, Brisbane, Australia and England took the opportunity to send 7 men and 7 women across to the venue in 2017 to play in a series of matches against primarily the Australian team but also state and club teams. This would give the English selectors an opportunity to see how the players coped not only on the Australian playing surface but also in the climate in what was a jam packed program over a 12 day period from 21st April to 5th May against strong opposition.I had the privilege to represent England down under on the tour and wanted to share with you some of the experiences I had whilst there.I also received questions from friends and players on my return wanting to know what it was like and my answer to most at the time was "a different world". Hopefully I can do justice in this blog as to what I mean and have also included a section on the Test Series against the Australian International team.
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  • Bernie created a new blog post, Daventry Visit
    Bowls-is-Bowls-Launch Over the last week I have had the pleasure of following up some previous development work that I was involved in last year down in Daventry, Northampton.My first visit will always be a special one as it enabled me to learn how effective club visits can be and how I could help with information based on my own experience to potentially aid recruitment and identify pitfalls that could hinder the progress of the club.I also started to understand my own value as I was not always comfortable with attention from not only current players but also from visitors who had attended the event just to talk to me about my experiences and success within the sport. The interaction and positive response opened my eyes to how important my role is not just in the competitive element but also in giving something back to bowls which could be as simple as a little bit of my time.I will always be thankful for the opportunity I had to do this as it certainly helped me to achieve what is now my current role of Northern Bowls Development Officer for the Bowls Development Alliance. There is nothing more rewarding than helping a club who are currently struggling to increase membership and to see the benefits I can bring throughout the program. I would highly recommend any club who have lost more than 3% membership over the last 2 years to visit www.playbowls.org for advice and funding assistance. So on to my activities during the week commencing 9th Sept 2019:
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  • Bernie created a new blog post, Perception of Bowls
    Commonwealth-Games-2018-Bronze-Medal-Fours-David-Bolt ​Having been involved in the sport for 31 years now I achieved what I believe is the pinnacle of my ambitions last year at the Commonwealth Games in Australia. To receive that piece of paper advising I had made the team was potentially the best letter I will ever open and to bring a medal home topped it off.One of the highlights of the trip was going to the opening ceremony and walking out with Team England in front of thousands of spectators and being waved at from the seats by Prince Charles and Camilla. It was also quite surreal stepping into a lift in the Athletes Village with the likes of Dina Asher Smith, the Brownlee Brothers and Tom Daley to name a few and also reaffirmed my belief that our sport stands tall with any in the world so it is a huge frustration that it is burdened with such a poor stigma from those outside of bowls.
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  • Team Bowls added a video for Banwell Bowling Club
    Players relaxing at diner, at Banwell Bowling Club in Somerset. Thanks for watching this video! Video Credit: Getty Images
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  • We visited Scarborough South Cliff Bowling Club which faces an uncertain future. That's North Yorkshire TV - Local TV, Freeview 7 Twitter: @ThatsNorthYorks E-mail:...
    We visited Scarborough South Cliff Bowling Club which faces an uncertain future. That's North Yorkshire TV - Local TV, Freeview 7 Twitter: @ThatsNorthYorks E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 01723 351600
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  • Bowls-is-Bowls-Cover-Image Bowls is Bowls, the organisation established to encourage all bowls organisations and bowlers of all ages, creeds, colour and abilities to work together, has signed a sponsorship agreement with North Notts Community Arena (NNCA) enabling them to fund a part-time Bowls Development Manager position that will provide two-day per week development support.
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  • Team Bowls added new listing Bowls Development Alliance in National Bowling Associations
    The Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) is the body for Bowls England (flat green outdoor) and English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd (flat green indoor). 2017-2021 Play Bowls supports Sport...
    The Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) is the body for Bowls England (flat green outdoor) and English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd (flat green indoor). 2017-2021 Play Bowls supports Sport England’s vision to produce a more productive, sustainable, resilient and responsible sport sector. This plan puts bowls customers at the heart of its delivery with the aim to make bowls clubs more welcoming and inclusive, particularly for those who are older and those who are currently under-represented in the sport but also help to reinforce a physical activity habit well into later life. This strategy has aimed to align itself to the priorities laid down by Sport England in the new strategy “Towards an Active Nation” looking to develop more resilient habits, encourage those older people who are presently inactive to become active and develop a more diverse volunteer workforce. The strategy will also provide opportunities for both physical and mental well- being and to encourage more bowls clubs to be the heart of the local community through the provision of more diverse services. The next four years will see the following actions: Intensive support to 200 identified clubs to help strengthen resilience in the core market through the new Club Development Programme Support clubs to encourage those who are presently inactive to engage with bowls through the Play Bowls Package Upskilling of volunteers so as to impact directly on sustaining membership and to continue to grow participation particularly providing more opportunities for those with a disability Assist bowls clubs to become an integral part of the local community Ensure clubs have the support and guidance they need to keep their facilities at a standard that will maintain the habit of physical activity of their members Vision "Working with flat green clubs to help them and the bowlers within them develop more resilient habits to ensure a stronger sport, the benefits of which can be enjoyed for a life time" Core Values of the Organisation To focus on the needs of the bowler To ensure everyone regardless of age, gender ethnicity or disability has access to a quality experience To provide a safe environment in which to play Objectives To strengthen resilience in the bowls core market To continue to introduce new people into the sport so as to develop a habit of regular physical activity To ensure all projects are fully inclusive To contribute to the physical and mental wellbeing of participants To develop accurate data collection and insight methods alongside key partners To upskill the volunteer workforce to ensure participants receive the best possible experience To ensure clubs have support in the maintenance and development of their facilities and so strengthen resilience
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  • Team Bowls added new listing Ultimate Bowls Championship in National Bowling Associations
    The Ultimate Bowls Championship is a celebration of the sport of lawn bowls. It has been designed to respect, showcase and grow the game we love. The vision of the Ultimate Bowls Championship is...
    The Ultimate Bowls Championship is a celebration of the sport of lawn bowls. It has been designed to respect, showcase and grow the game we love. The vision of the Ultimate Bowls Championship is to promote the sport of Lawn Bowls and to develop strategies to engage with bowls enthusiasts and attract new people to our game. The exciting format has been designed to reach a wide audience from all over the world through the brilliant broadcast package that we have been able to secure. The UBC will be great to watch – with our innovative scoring system, every bowl has the potential to score points, keeping spectators on the edges of their seats! Initially, the UBC events will be held in Australia but the company has a strong focus on increasing the participation of our sport throughout the world which could result in events being staged overseas in the near future.
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  • Team Bowls added new listing Bowls is Bowls in National Bowling Associations
    Bowls is Bowls is about encouraging all Bowls organisations and Bowlers to work together to promote all formats of bowls equally to increase participation and membership. The organisation aims...
    Bowls is Bowls is about encouraging all Bowls organisations and Bowlers to work together to promote all formats of bowls equally to increase participation and membership. The organisation aims to bring all forms of Bowls at all levels and platforms together to help promote the sport, whilst demonstrating the openness and limitless opportunities for the sport to reach out into communities, via hospitals, care home facilities, youth clubs and other related areas. Bowls is Bowls is the brainchild of Boul Traders Chief Executive, Mark Courtney, himself a keen bowler since childhood and a Level 1 Coach Bowls Coach, member of Bowls Northamptonshire and Bowls England. It is the proud sponsor of Bowls England and the Bowls England Women's National Championships.
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  • Team Bowls added new listing Open Singles Circuit in National Bowling Associations
    The Open Singles Circuit is a circuit of club owned and run open singles events throughout the UK, where all the results from all the events earn all the players ranking points which contribute...
    The Open Singles Circuit is a circuit of club owned and run open singles events throughout the UK, where all the results from all the events earn all the players ranking points which contribute to the OSC Rankings List. The rankings list is reset at the start of each new season to reward each player’s current form. Local sponsorship and the player’s entry fees form the prize fund for each local event. At the end of each season the top ranked players on the OSC Rankings List qualify for the Grand Final event, which is fully funded by OSC and updated live over the internet for bowls fans all over the world. OSC are supported by Potters Resort and the circuit is fully endorsed by the EIBA, who we continue to work alongside to make OSC a success.
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  • Bowls-is-Bowls---Sponsor-of-SMPT-World-Pairs-and-World-Fours-Events Bowls is Bowls, the organisation established to encourage all bowls organisations and bowlers of all ages, creeds, colour and abilities to work together, has announced two major tournament sponsorships for the 2019/20 season as part of its commitment to the promotion and development of the sport of Bowls.Bowls is Bowls will now be the new sponsor for the Short Mat Players Tour (SMPT) Bowls is Bowls World Pairs and also the Bowls is Bowls World Fours. This sponsorship deal will see the SMPT working with "Bowls is Bowls" in the build-up to the tournament to promote Bowls in and around Falcon Indoor Bowls Club, which is based in Chelmsford, South Essex.There are still some spots remaining for both the Bowls is Bowls World Fours and the Bowls is Bowls World Pairs. The two tournaments will be held on the 30th November and 1st December respectively.The Short Mat Players Tour vision is to be the market leader in all aspects of short mat bowls, from staging premier bowls events through to implementing technological advancement and providing professional consultancy.
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  • I would like to congratulate Debbie Sidwell in being selected for the Ladies 2020 Irish International Team. Well Done Debs
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