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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

Members Update – 23rd March 2020

What times we are now living in!! Who would have thought that the world as we know it is grinding to a halt.

Desborough Bowling Club members are already suffering withdrawal symptoms from a lack of bowls however please all be reassured that as soon as possible the doors will be re-opened and we will get back to normal.

The Indoor season has been curtailed but it is our intention to complete all this year’s competitions and league matches at the end of the calendar year, where promotion and relegation issues are still to be determined.

The Outdoor season is also in jeopardy and whilst doing everything possible to ensure the outdoor green is in good order and ready for play, we must await developments with Covid 19 situation and take further advice as to whether we can bowl outdoors.

We have many members who fall within the high risk and over 70’s categories and therefore PLEASE take seriously the Government’s warnings and advice as to how we should all behave over the next three months.


Coronavirus (Covid 19) Epidemic – Club Closure


Dear Members,

Following the Governments latest advice, regarding the Coronavirus epidemic, the Management Committee have taken the decision to close and suspend all bowling, social and commercial activities at Desborough Bowling Club until June 1st 2020.

This date will be constantly reviewed and adjusted, if required, to reflect any further advice received from the Government and Healthcare agencies in the intervening period.

The DBC Management Committee have made this decision to ensure we comply with the Governments strategy of limiting social contact and therefore helping with the overall aim of reducing the spread of the disease.

I would stress that all bowling, Leagues, Competitions, Friendly Matches and Coaching sessions, Social and Commercial activities are cancelled for the remainder of the Indoor Season and inevitably it appears the Outdoor Summer Season will also be affected.

It is intended that the Competition matches, all of which are at an advanced stage, will be rescheduled to take place in the 2020/21 Indoor Season sometime before Christmas.

I would stress, we are committed to ensuring we do everything possible to protect the health of all our members and staff and are obviously very aware that many of our members fall within the “high risk” category.

Whilst members are welcome leave their personal belongings in their lockers, if anyone wishes to collect their personal belongings, the Club will be open tomorrow, Wednesday 18th March from 0900 to 1200 hrs (Not for roll-ups or any other bowls).

Once again, I wish you all well during this difficult period and look forward to a virus free future when we can all get back to what we all enjoy – bowling!

Kind regards

Roger Wyatt

General Secretary

Desborough Bowling Club

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