COVID-19 Support

2021 Return to the Green COVID-19 Guidance

Bowls Scotland continues to fully support and follow the Scottish Government guidelines relating to COVID-19, including ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all members of Bowls Scotland. Lawn Bowling can be undertaken, providing all activity is consistent with current Scottish Government guidance on health, physical distancing, and hygiene – clubs need to ensure that members/players, volunteers, and visitors are fully aware and can adapt to changes in guidance at short notice.

Working in partnership with the Scottish Government, Public Health Scotland, sportscotland and our members, we have produced guidance for clubs in line with Scottish Government guidance on sport and physical activity. This guidance is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach as we appreciate bowling facilities vary across Scotland and as such individual bowling clubs should risk assess appropriately to ensure these procedures can be implemented.

This guidance will be subject to review should the Scottish Government issue further advice and updates. We would encourage you to read through all the guidance and supporting information thoroughly.

  • Click here to view the Bowls Scotland Return to the Green COVID-19 Guidance.

  • Click here to view the Bowls Scotland Return to the Green Overview Summary.

Last update: Wednesday 11th August 2021


COVID-19 Club Resources

Bowls Scotland is committed to supporting clubs on the journey to post-COVID recovery. We have produced a number of resources that are free for clubs to download and use throughout the 2021 season. 

sportscotland have also produced some great advice and resources on getting facilities ready for sport. To view this information, please visit:

If your club is looking for any further support or resources, please get in touch with your National Development Officer:

  1. To view our example electronic booking system, click here.

  2. To view our example club posters, click here.

  3. To view our player & coach safety infographic, click here.

  4. To order Bowls Scotland branded face masks, click here

  5. To view the process for if someone at your club tests positive for COVID-19, click here.

  6. To view our Club & Association AGM guidance, click here.

  7. To view green maintenance guidance, click here.

  8. To view Sports Turf Services' green maintenance hints & tips, click here

  9. To view our recommendations for playing short mat/carpet bowls, click here


COVID-19 Officer

As part of our COVID Return to the Green, clubs are now required to appoint a named COVID Officer. Clubs who opened during 2020 will already have had someone in place and there might be more than one person responsible for COVID within the club. This essential role could be a new volunteer role or added to a current role within the club.

Please click here for the Covid-19 Officer Role Descriptor.


Funding and Support

Our recent COVID-19 2.0 Club Survey highlighted that finances and gaining much needed funding remained a challenge for clubs. 

We have produced an information guide on current funders and other avenues of support as well as a handy hints & tips guide on cost saving measures in the winter months.

To view the different funding streams available to bowling clubs, please click here

To view our effective cost saving hints & tips, please click here

Our friends at Club Development Scotland have also produced a webinar for bowling clubs all about funding for your club. Watch the full video here: 

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