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The Final Ladder Positions – 23rd August 2020

Club Update – 11th August 2020

It’s a busy time at Desborough Bowling Club getting ready for the re-opening of the Indoor Bowls season starting from 1st September 2020.

We are very fortunate in having the room to successfully introduce social distancing within all areas (2.0M) together with informative and directional signage, perspex screens and sanitation points.

All signs etc. are now being installed, in accordance with the Government’s and EIBA Guidelines, to ensure the whole club premises are “COVID secure” ready for the return of our club members on the 1st September.

EIBA Guidelines – August 2020

For ease of planning the Guidance has been split into 3 sections:-

  • The club
  • Playing the sport
  • The players

It is important that Clubs critically assess the requirements and decide that, under the current conditions, whether they are able or unable to open, due to not being able to protect people and or is not financially viable to do so.


Club management need to critically review and fully complete a COVID-19 risk assessment on how they can set the facility up and play bowls so that they have the legal social-distancing and hygiene measures in place, in order to mitigate the risk of transmission.

This risk assessment should be continually reviewed and updated as the club is used by the Membership.


Entrance & Exit

Use one door for entry and another for exit. This would allow people for the next session to enter the building safely.

Members are able to enter the club using the ramp to the main entrance for the start of their game and exit the club afterwards using the alternative entrance and the main external stairs which will allow distancing of 2 metres at all times.

Allow sufficient time between sessions so to avoid people entering and exiting at the same time.

There will be a 30 minute break between each session.

Place a sign at the entrance informing members that if they have any of the symptoms listed e.g. persistent dry cough, temperature, loss of taste & smell that they should not enter the building.

Relevant signs will be placed at all entrance doors.

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Press Report 29th June 2020


Due to the Coronavirus Covid 19 Pandemic, Desborough Bowling Club closed on Tuesday 17th March 2020.

Following the enforced lock-down the Government agreed to limited bowling activities resuming on outdoor rinks only as from June 1st 2020.

This was great news for our members as, whilst we were and are still unable to open the club facilities totally, it did mean that we were able to organise a series of competitions on the outdoor rinks. These included singles, pairs and a ladder league, the latter being held every Sunday morning for the next 8 weeks.

The competitions were advertised to all local clubs, as not all were able to open their outdoor greens and we are pleased to welcome the members from Maidenhead Town, Thicket, Windsor& Eton, Cippenham, Iver Heath and Twyford  who have entered the draws.

The club closure has been very difficult for all bowling clubs and we at Desborough are doing everything we can to ensure our members can enjoy the benefits associated with playing bowls outdoors (who would not want to play in the rain and wind or, in the case of this year temperatures of 33 degrees C!). It has been a pleasure to see the relief and pleasure on the faces of all the members who have now emerged from nearly three months of self-isolation and to see them all chatting and smiling again- whilst maintaining safe social distancing of course.

We are hopeful that, with the further relaxation of the lockdown rules, we will be able to plan for the re-opening of all our club facilities, including the indoor green, ready for the next indoor season, starting in September 2020.

It is obviously imperative that our members are assured that all necessary measure have been put in place to mitigate any risk of infection before they return and therefore we will be arranging for all signage, sanitisers, hygiene screens and staff training to be in place before re-opening in September (subject to Government guidance of course)

We are also working closely with Bowls England and the English Indoor Bowling Association to devise ways of ensuring we keep members “safe” once they return to full bowling activities, both indoors and outdoors.

Roger Wyatt

General Secretary

Desborough Bowling Club

29th June 2020

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