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As we enter a New Year, it’s time to look ahead positively to the 2021 outdoor bowls season.

Last year proved there is a great appetite for people to enjoy our sport in a Covid-friendly manner. Those clubs who did open their doors provided a hub within their community for their members and experienced good levels of participation.

We know that the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown restrictions have had a huge impact on people’s ability to play bowls.  We know you have received a few surveys from us recently but this very short one will enable us to recognise how you are feeling and what support is needed to return, whilst building a national understanding of how different groups would prefer to be supported.

Jon Cockcroft, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “When reflecting on 2020, it’s almost impossible to look beyond Covid-19 and its impact on our sport. Many outdoor bowls clubs remained closed, thousands of bowlers did not pick up a bowl in anger, the competitive season as we know it did not happen and the sport was affected financially at all levels of our game.

“We want to do everything possible to ensure that clubs can reopen safely in 2021 and that the bowling community can get back to bowls with confidence.  Your feedback will be valuable to support the work are undertaking, in conjunction with the Bowls Development Alliance and the British Crown Green Bowling Association, to help make this happen.”

Mark Bircumshaw, British Crown Green Bowling Association Chief Executive said: “2020 has been the most challenging year and Bowls has been badly affected as all outdoor sports have. As we move into 2021 understanding how we reopen safely will be critical in getting our members back to the game we all love.  Completing this survey will help us in conjunction with Bowls England and the Bowls Development Alliance to enable a safe return for all clubs across the Bowling community.”

The survey should take no longer than five minutes to complete and thank you in advance for your valuable contribution us to ensure that we can help to get you back on the green. Deadline for completed surveys is Sunday 28th February.

Click here to complete the survey - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2021ReturntoPlay