Bowls England have issued an outline of the National Championships due to be held in August, we have condensed down the information, any questions please contact the county secretary.
In the current climate it is abundantly clear that Bowls England need to manage the numbers of people on the site at Leamington with the aim of keeping all spectators, employees, volunteers and competitors safe, and to enable a smooth running of the event whilst Covid infection rates are rising.
Therefore the venue will be enclosed, a capacity set and access only with tickets or accreditation.
As with most other events at the moment, there will also be a requirement for attendees to evidence they are double vaccinated or Covid-free, which will mean those who are attending can do so with more confidence.
As it will be a ticketing event there will be a small fee of £4 adult and £1 Under 18 per day (this includes booking/transaction fee).
An 18 day pass will be £48 and £12 respectively (a third discount), and, if still available, tickets on the gate will at a £1 increased price to cover costs on the day.
NOTE – the revenue generated will cover some of the costs of making the venue safer, including enclosing the site, additional cleaning and provision of hand sanitisation, but also will be invested in helping make a step change around the spectator experience.
They are introducing grandstand seating around A and B greens to give people a better, more comfortable view of the action and, amongst other things, also making improvements to the toilet, bar and food provision on site. The seating also allows us to have more people in the venue.
They will be piloting live streaming of two days of the finals to showcase the event to a wider audience.
Certain groups will receive free accreditation to the event allowing them to access the venue without a ticket. These will include players (for the days they are competing or would have been competing), VIPs, volunteers, officials and staff. From a county perspective, we will providing –
• 10 accreditations per day providing free access to the site. These 10 event passes are transferable between county colleagues and we trust this will cover the needs of the county representatives for the event. If these will not be used, please advise as we wouldn’t want this to prohibit others from attending if we reach capacity.
• 2 VIP invites to County Administrators for a hospitality experience where we’d also like to reflect on the competition season (we hope to have the research findings back by then) and share plans for how we make the most of Birmingham 2022.
There will be more information plus links to website information
If anyone within the various county network’s would like to volunteer to help with the event Bowls England would be keen to hear from you.